Indonesia says it has downgraded its relations with Canberra following reports that Australia's security services spied on Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. In other news, Northern Ireland's attorney general wants criminal prosecutions in killings related to the Troubles stopped; and Venezuela's National Assembly gives the president sweeping new powers.
Tacloban was leveled by Typhoon Haiyan. "We have citizens, but no city," an official said. Twelve days later, people in the city of more than 200,000 are getting more help. But of the 13 million or so people affected by the storm, less than half may have received aid so far.
Since the typhoon hit the Philippines, doing business in the hardest-hit city of Tacloban has been next to impossible But on Wednesday, five gas stations, two hardware stores and several banks reopened.
Ghana qualifies for its third straight World Cup — defeating Egypt 7-3 on total goals after a 2-1 loss. This was the first international match in Cairo in two years. A bloody soccer riot there left dozens dead in 2011. It was also the first match since authorities lifted the curfew that went into effect after widespread clashes between security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters, protesting the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.
Life is slowly beginning to return to normal in Tacloban, the Philippine city devastated by a massive typhoon earlier this month. The national death toll from the storm is around 4,000 people. Some 4 million have been displaced.
The CIA recently declassified hundreds of pages of documents detailing the behind-the-scenes drama at the historic 1978 Camp David peace negotiations between Israel and Egypt. Renee Montagne talks to a scholar of those talks, Shibley Telhami, about what the documents reveal.
Negotiators from Iran and six world powers are back in Geneva for another round of talks on Tehran's nuclear program. There are signals that a preliminary deal over the future of Iran's nuclear program may finally be within in reach.
Israel has been lobbying hard against any agreement with Iran that eases sanctions while allowing Iran to continue enriching nuclear material. Israelis agree Iranians should not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. But there is a range of views on how to stop them.
The Nigerian military says it has gained the upper hand in the battle against the country's Islamist extremists. But Boko Haram is still creating havoc outside cities, killing civilians and security forces alike. Last week, the U.S. designated the network a terrorist organization.
The London mayor has been urging people to get around by bike for years. And this year, 14 London cyclists have been killed — a higher casualty count than that of the British military in Afghanistan. In each fatal accident, a heavy truck was involved.
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