These statues depict the historic return of U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur (in front) to Tacloban, the Philippines, during World War II. The typhoon last week toppled one of the statues of a Filipino official, as shown in this photo taken Tuesday.
This monument marks the spot where explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed on Mactan Island in 1521. Shortly before his death, Magellan landed in the Philippines near Tacloban as part of his around-the-world journey, which members of his crew completed after his death.
Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines, is shown with Britain's Prince Charles at the 1975 coronation ceremony for Nepal's King Birendra. Marcos, now 84 and a member of Parliament, is from Tacloban.
Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 1:49 pm
Perhaps you had never heard of Tacloban before last week's monster typhoon pummeled the provincial capital in the central Philippines.
Yet it has a rich history that includes Ferdinand Magellan's stop nearby in 1521 as his ship circumnavigated the globe, bringing with him Spaniards who would ultimately colonize and influence the Philippines for centuries.
U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur famously returned to the Philippines in World War II when he confidently strode ashore a beach near Tacloban in 1944. The statue honoring him survived the latest storm.
Mayor Rob Ford was wearing a Toronto Argonauts football jersey when at City Hall on Thursday. He was also making some rather crude comments in response to some of the latest allegations about his behavior.
Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 11:59 am
After admitting to smoking crack, to buying illegal drugs and to more than once being in a drunken stupor, it would seem like Toronto Mayor Rob Ford couldn't say anything else that would really shock anyone.
In Tacloban, the Philippines, on Thursday, some survivors waiting in a line to charge cellphones covered their faces because of the lingering smell of dead bodies.
Credit Jason Beaubien / NPR
NPR's Jason Beaubien, who is on assignment in the Philippines, posted this photo on Thursday. He writes that he was "waiting with a French search and rescue team to board a night flight" on a military plane from Manila to the devastated city of Tacloban.
The official death toll from the typhoon is expected to keep rising — thousands are still missing. Aid continues to come into the Philippines from around the world, but its flow is being hampered by poor logistics. The central government is being blamed for not doing more.
Stories of survival are still emerging from the Philippines following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. The U.S. military has been playing a major role helping the area recover. Survivors say if not for U.S. Marine transport planes, they would be trapped in Tacloban.
Rosarito, Mexico, near the U.S. border in the Mexican state of Baja California, is home to thousands of Americans who live there full or part time, many in properties with long-term leases. A proposed change to Mexican law would allow foreigners outright ownership of Mexican beachfront properties.
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For nearly a century, foreigners have been prohibited from owning Mexican land within 31 miles of the coastline or 62 miles of an international border.
For the first time in nearly a century, Mexico is considering letting foreigners own land outright along the coast and near international borders. Right now, only Mexicans can hold the title to land in the so-called restricted zone. The president and many lawmakers want to relax the ownership laws in hopes of spurring a wave of foreign investment in the country.
But others are crying foul and reviving nationalistic fears of foreign invasion and domination that incited enactment of the law so many years ago.