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Ikea's Typhoon Aid Overshadows China's Aid To Philippines

The Swedish furniture store Ikea is sending a $2.6 million aid package. China is sending aid worth $1.6 million. It first offered $100,000.
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China Eases One-Child Policy, Ends Labor Camp System

In order to have a second child, one parent would have to be an only child under the new policy. Previously, both parents had to be only children. China has been loosening the policy for years as it tries to combat a gender imbalance as well as a labor shortage.
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China Expected To Loosen One-Child Policy

A state-run news service says the government will make a big change to the policy designed to restrain population growth. That policy has also led to a relative shortfall of young people and especially of girls.
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Philippines Has A 'Love-Hate Relationship' With U.S.

The U.S. relationship with the Philippines goes way back. University of Hawaii Professor Patricio Abinales, who was born in the Philippines, tells Steve Inskeep his country's love-hate relationship with the U.S. began in the late 19th century after America purchased the islands from Spain.
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Devastated Philippine City No Stranger To Calamity

Novelist Gina Apostol grew up in Tacloban before moving to America. She has relatives in cities near Tacloban, who have been making their way to the shattered area to try to help other family members. She says her family worries about the law and order situation there.
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Wait Continues In The Philippines: 'We Have Nothing To Eat'

While the aid effort continues to ramp up, many in the typhoon-ravaged nation are still waiting for food, water and adequate shelter. "Nothing. Nothing happened," one survivor said Friday after waiting hours for food aid that never arrived.
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Typhoon Survivors In Tacloban Desperate For Food, Clean Water

It's been one week since the typhoon that destroyed most of the city of Tacloban in the eastern Philippines. People there are still in need of the basics like food, water and shelter. Almost every business in the city was shut down by the storm.
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Sen. Graham Holds Up Confirmations Over Benghazi Attack

South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham is often criticized by Tea Party oriented Republicans on issues like immigration. There is, however, one topic that is endearing him to conservatives: Benghazi. Graham has vowed to block administration nominations in the Senate until Congress is allowed to interview survivors from last year's attack on the U.S. mission in Libya by armed militants.
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In France, Some Ask If Racism Is On The Rise

France is deep in debate, wondering if there's a resurgence of an old, colonial racism, or if people have just become more tolerant of bigots.The questions stem from a series of race-based taunts against Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, who is black.
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Philippines Disaster Rekindles Fight Over Food Aid Reform

The Philippine disaster is an example why it increasingly makes sense to buy food close to where its needed rather than ship it across the globe. Most U.S. food aid, though, travels to hotspots from U.S. ports. Critics say that wastes time and money.

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