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Negotiators in Geneva worked past the midnight on their third and final day of trying to reach in accord with Iran on curbing its nuclear program, and still failed to come up with a deal. But Iran foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says progress has been make.
"We are all on the same wavelength and that's important, and that gives us the impetus to go forward when we meet again next time."
That's next time is November 20th. France raised the strongest objection today, questioning whether it will really halt the Iran nuclear progress."
In the Philippine, the officials say they still have no grass of the true extent of devastation from Friday's typhoon. More than 130 people are confirmed dead, but Philippine president says the death toll is likely to be far higher once rescue crews can get into the badly damaged areas. The BBC's Nick Childs reports.
The massive scale of damage is only slowly being revealed. The ferocious wind and a flood surge many have likened to tsunami side through the archipelago, central islands. Parts of city of Tacloban, one of the worst hit areas on the islands of Leyte are a picture of devastation. Many badly hit areas remain cut off, hampering relief workers. Roads have been washed away, a flooded or a clogged with debris. There are fears that the number of confirmed casualties could rise dramatically.
The BBC's Nick Childs.
Typhoon Haiyan stroke the same region in the Philippine that was rocked by a major earthquake just a week ago. Hundreds of thousands of people were still living in makeshift shelters when Haiyan arrived. That plus the lack of information has many Pilipino and Americans on edge, including Tranee Beeola, of Queens in New York City, who hasn't been able to reach her family in the Philippine because the phone lines here are down.
"As I prayed, please, no more. Enough, enough of this. This is very heartbreaking."
A police superintendent in the Philippine says 70% to 80% of the area in Haiyan's path is destroyed.
Hawaii's State House of Representatives have approved the bill legalizing same-sex marriage. Sam Sanders reports the measure will make the state the latest to approve gay marriage, joining more than a dozen other states.
Gay marriage opponents in Hawaii has filed a restraining order to prevent governor from signing gay marriage into law. But judge ruled in Thursday that he will wait to hear this challenge to the law only after it passes. Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie has said he would sign a measure legalizing gay marriage. The House bill is still left to the Senate next week. The debate, goverance to cilivians on both sides at the issue. More than 5,000 people signed up to testify the measure at a house committee hearing. Earlier this week, both chambers of Illinois legislature approved measure legalizing gay marriage. That state governor also says he'll sign the bill into law. Sam Sanders, NPR News.
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A move by Venezuela's government to combat what they call price gauging has triggered chaos in some major appliance stores. The socialized government seized the chain of electronic stores and forced them to lower prices. John Nodas reports that's set off a run.
In a speech Friday president Nicolás Maduro announced his government was taking over Daka a nationwide chain of appliance stores.
The result was massive lines at many Daka stores as well as a few incidents of looting. The chaos comes as 54% annual inflation and shortage of food and even gasoline. Experts blame stagnant production in current controls that make it hard to import goods but Maduro blames the business community for waging a so-called economic war against his government. All this comes at a mid of run-up to local elections next month when ruling party candidates can face a stiff challenge from the opposition. John Nodas, NPR News, Bogata.
In north Virginia today, the navy christened USS Gerald R. Ford, the first of new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers that the navy says are more efficient and cost effective. The US says Ford represents the first new aircraft carrier design in more than 40 years, it's supposed to be able to launch jets faster and require fewer crewmembers.
In date to Ohio a tribute aimed B-25 fliers for the world war 2 airmen known as the doolittle raiders who is daring raid on Japan in 1942, helping boost American marine after Pearl harbor and throw the Japanese off balance. 3 of 4 surviving members were on hand for today's event.
I am Babarar Cline,NPR News in Washington.