First watch: US helps Philippines, Veterans Day at Arlington, most popular words of 2013

November 11, 2013 

Philippines Typhoon

A man pedals his bike beside the devastation in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines. The city remains littered with debris from damaged homes since Typhoon Haiyan slammed into their province.

BULLIT MARQUEZ — AP

The U.S. military is helping the Philippines recover from Typhoon Haiyan. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed ships and planes there at the request of the Philippine government, which is still assessing the damage that left at least 10,000 people dead.

On Veterans Day, Americans are honoring the men and women who serve in the military. President Obama will speak at a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

A nuclear deal with Iran may be close. Talks resume next week.

United Nations climate talks begin today, with hopes of a global warming pact by 2015.

And the most popular words of 2013: 404, fail, hashtag, pontifex, optic. Surveillance and drones made the top 10, according to the Global Language Monitor. The top phrase was "toxic politics," and the top names were Pope Francis, ObamaCare, NSA, and Edward Snowden.

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