Posted by: Chuck | November 27, 2013

NEWS BREAK from Danao City Philippines

The roads maybe long and the journey may be tough. We gonna face it all with all our might and we know that God is with us. Uncle Chuck

Filipinos escape typhoon wasteland, but not worryRomnick Abadines’ heart pounded as a Philippine air force C-130 carried him above typhoon-wrecked Tacloban city. He had never been on a plane before, never watched silvery-white clouds pass from a small round window. It was not the first time, or the last, that he felt helpless and out of his element. The frail, 31-year-old farmer lost his shanty to Typhoon Haiyan, which flattened much of Tacloban in Leyte province as it killed more than 5,200 people. Now he lays idle in a tent shelter in suburban Manila, where he has no known relatives and little chance of finding more than menial and temporary work.

More gases erupt from rumbling Indonesian volcano – Powerful bursts of hot ash and gravel erupted from a rumbling volcano in western Indonesia early Monday, sending panicked villagers streaming down the sides of the mountain. Six new eruptions in the morning sent lava and searing gas tumbling up to 1.5 kilometers (.9 miles) down the slopes of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province. Volcanic material spewed as high as 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) into the air a day after authorities had raised the volcano’s alert status to the highest level.

Thanksgiving Storm Moves East, Could Snarl Holiday Travel for Millions – A powerful winter-like storm that is being blamed for at least eight deaths is marching eastward and could wreak havoc as millions of Americans are preparing to travel for Thanksgiving. The front, which began Thursday in California, is now pummeling most of North Texas with a mix of rain, light freezing rain and light sleet. The west got walloped with up to three feet of snow from California to Texas. Meteorologists said they expected the Arctic mass to head south and east and threaten plans for Tuesday and Wednesday as people hit the roads and airports for some of the busiest travel days of the year. More than 43 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles this holiday week, according to AAA and some of them got off to a rocky start as more than 300 flights were canceled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Sunday.

China air defense zone points to the long game – Two U.S. B-52 bombers flew over disputed islands in the East China Sea during a training mission Tuesday, defying new territorial claims laid out by Beijing over the weekend, according to several U.S. officials. The two unarmed bombers took off from Guam and were in the zone for less than an hour, thundering across the Pacific skies during midday there, the officials said, adding that the aircraft encountered no problems. While the U.S. insisted the training mission was long-planned and was not in reaction to China’s latest declaration, it came just days after China issued a map and a new set of rules governing the zone, which includes a cluster of islands that are controlled by Japan but also claimed by Beijing.

Oil prices fall after Iran nuclear dealThe preliminary accord, which was struck between Iran and six world powers, offers the Middle East nation $7 billion in immediate relief from economic sanctions.  The U.S. government estimates that Iran has lost about $80 billion in revenue as oil sales slumped by 60% since the start of 2012 as a result of the sanctions. Iran sits on about 9% of the world’s proven oil reserves. But its crude oil output is languishing at 20-year lows, the International Energy Agency said in a recent report.

U.S. says may pull out all troops as Afghan leader holds up deal – Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a security deal with the United States, the White House said, opening up the prospect of a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from the strife-torn nation next year. Karzai told U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice in Kabul on Monday that the United States must put an immediate end to military raids on Afghan homes and demonstrate its commitment to peace talks before he would sign a bilateral security pact, Karzai’s spokesman said. 



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