One of the largest storms on record has moved on past the island nation of the Philippines, but its damage is only just being measured. And for thousands of survivors, repair and relief are paired with sorrow as friends and relatives lost lives.
Acting on a suspicion that its members had been targeted by surveillance by the U.S., the German government pressed President Barack Obama to know whether U.S. intelligence agencies had listened in on German conversations.
National media outlets are reporting that leaders of both parties in the U.S. Senate have reached a deal to end the federal government shutdown, raise the debt limit and restore funding to government programs.
Another day has passed without progress on the government shutdown, and an end is nowhere in sight. Democrats and Republicans in the federal government say they aren't budging until the other side gives in.
The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate passed a new version of a government spending bill that averts a government shutdown but preserves funding for the Affordable Care Act, passing the issue back to the Republican-controlled House.