Obama Encourages More US Relief to Philippines in Wake of Haiyan

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_17fd92f61b.jpgKevin Frayer/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, President Obama Wednesday encouraged Americans to support relief efforts in the Philippines as, he said, "the U.S. government continues to do our part."  In addition to the USAID and military personnel on the ground distributing supplies and food, the U.S. Navy is activating the hospital ship USNS Mercy to the Philippines.

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Toronto Mayor Answers Questions in Front of City Council, Won't Step Down

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_d22171f216.jpgSteve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images (TORONTO) -- During an appearance in front of the Toronto City Council on Wednesday, Mayor Rob Ford admitted to buying illicit drugs during the past two years. Ford was grilled by the council as they debated a motion requesting Ford take a leave of absence after he confirmed rumors that a video of him smoking crack cocaine exists earlier this week.

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Fear of Widespread Disease Fuels Woes in the Philippines

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_bc742429d9.jpgJeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images (TACLOBAN, Philippines) -- Rescuers arriving in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan are dealing with horrible scenes of misery and suffering as fears grow about a massive outbreak of disease resulting from thousands of decaying bodies.

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Pope Francis' Messages Not Sitting Well with Italian Mafia

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_af4ce205b2.jpgFranco Origlia/Getty Images (ROME) -- Sarah Palin isn't the only one "taken aback" by Pope Francis' progressive messages. The Italian mafia is, too. A lead state prosecutor in southern Italy says he's learned criminal bosses are bothered by the pope's outspoken criticism of corruption and the mafia.

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US Could Send Ships from Japan If Requested

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_18abc5aef5.jpgSIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- A senior Marine official expects the U.S. Marine presence in the Philippines to grow over the coming days, though he didn’t have a specific number. Another official says additional aircraft should be arriving soon, days after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the country.

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