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Storm relief workers killed in Philippine collision

A van carrying church volunteers returning home from Christmas relief operations in typhoon ravaged areas in the Philippines collided head on with a passenger bus Sunday, killing six, police said. Four members of the Calamba Pastor Alliance and their driver were killed instantly in the pre-dawn accident, as well as the driver of the bus, according to a national police report in Manila. Four others were injured and recuperating in hospital after the collision on a highway in central Sorsogon province, the police said.

Christmas in mud as rain pelts Philippine disaster zone

Survivors of the Philippines' deadliest typhoon spent a gloomy Christmas Day surrounded by mud Wednesday as heavy rain drove many inside their flimsy shelters, dampening efforts at holiday cheer in the deeply devout nation. Groups of children in plastic raincoats braved the incessant rain in the devastated central city of Tacloban, knocking on doors in trick-or-treat fashion and beseeching pedestrians for candies, coins and other Christmas presents.

Defiant Philippine typhoon survivors welcome Christmas

Philippine survivors of one of the strongest typhoons ever to hit land on Tuesday defiantly prepared to celebrate Christmas in the ruins of their communities. Hogs were being roasted, Christmas trees adorned streets, last-minute shoppers filled downtown and heavily damaged churches overflowed with parishioners on the eve of the country's most joyous holiday. "Nothing can stop us from welcoming Christmas even though we have lost our home," 63-year-old butcher's wife Ellen Miano told AFP from a tiny shanty rising from a field of debris in the central city of Tacloban.

U.N. chief urges donors to give more aid to Haiyan victims

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Sunday urged the international community to provide more support to ongoing efforts to rebuild the central Philippine communities devastated by powerful typhoon Haiyan last month. "I urge all donors to add to their generous response so that we can help communities to build back better and safer," Ban told a joint news conference with Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario.

UN's Ban calls for more funds for typhoon-stricken Philippines

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stepped up an appeal for funds to help the Philippines recover from a devastating typhoon last month after visiting stricken areas on Saturday. "I was very saddened by what I have seen in Tacloban -- total destruction, and an enormous number of people have been lost, we need to support them," Ban told Reuters after driving miles past flattened and damaged houses.

'World is behind you', Ban tells Philippine typhoon survivors

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Philippine typhoon survivors to "never despair" as he pledged Saturday to rally global backing to help them recover from one of their country's deadliest disasters. "Never despair. The UN is behind you. The world is behind you," the UN chief said during a visit to the devastated central city of Tacloban, which suffered more than 5,000 deaths from Super Typhoon Haiyan, which swept through the central islands of the Philippines on November 8.

'World is behind you', Ban tells Philippine typhoon survivors

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Philippine typhoon survivors Saturday to "never despair", vowing to rally global backing as they rebuild their lives from one of their country's deadliest disasters. "Never despair. The UN is behind you. The world is behind you," the UN chief said during a visit to the devastated central city of Tacloban, which suffered more than 5,000 deaths from Super Typhoon Haiyan as it crashed through the central islands of the Philippines on November 8.

U.S. raises aid to $86 million for typhoon-ravaged Philippines

By Rosemarie Francisco and Lesley Wroughton TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - The United States will provide an additional $25 million in humanitarian aid to the Philippines for typhoon relief, raising to $86 million its assistance to its major ally, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.

Stunned Kerry says US won't abandon typhoon-hit Philippines

US Secretary of State John Kerry toured the typhoon-devastated central Philippine city of Tacloban on Wednesday, expressing shock at the "stunning" destruction and vowing that Washington will not abandon its key ally. "This is a devastation unlike anything that I have ever seen at this scale," Kerry told reporters as he toured a temporary US aid supply depot for survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan. "It really is quite stunning. It looks like a war zone in every respect and for a lot of people it is," he said.

Stunned Kerry says US won't abandon typhoon-hit Philippines

A stunned Secretary of State John Kerry toured a typhoon-devastated Philippine city on Wednesday, pledging more US aid as its Asian ally appealed for international help to fund an $8.17 billion rebuilding plan. "This is a devastation unlike anything that I have ever seen at this scale," Kerry said while visiting a temporary US aid supply depot for survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the central city of Tacloban. "It really is quite stunning. It looks like a war zone in every respect and for a lot of people it is," he told reporters.
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