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From Washington, this is VOA News. U.N. launches appeal for Typhoon Haiyan victims. Iran offers more accesses to U.N.'s nuclear watchdog. I'm Ray Kouguell, reporting from Washington.

The United States is appealing for more than 300 million dollars to provide life-saving aid to millions of victims of Typhoon Haiyan during the next six months. The Philippines government estimates more than eleven million people and nine regions are affected by the widespread damage caused by the strongest typhoon to ever make landfall. Lisa Schlein reports.

The World Food Program reports it plans to feed two and one half million people during the next six months, but at the moment it says distributing food to the needy is a logistical nightmare. It says roads are blocked and airports are destroyed. The U.N. food agency says it's working with the government to set up operational hubs and organize airlifts of essential supplies. The World Health Organization says the typhoon has left health facilities damaged or completely destroyed. The World Health Organization and other aid agencies say they're concerned of the reports that water-borne diseases, such as dysentery and diarrhea, are already spreading. Lisa Schlein, for VOA News, Geneva.

The U.S. aircraft carrier, USS George Washington, is speeding toward a relief mission in the Philippines. 100,000 are displaced and thousands more are feared dead. The official death toll reached almost 1,800 Tuesday with many fearing the final tally could actually top 10,000.

Iranian officials say inspectors from the United Nations could be allowed inside Iran's new heavy water nuclear reactor within weeks. A spokesman for Iran's Nuclear Department says Tehran is willing to grant the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency access to its Arack reactor before the next round of talks with the agency on December 11th.

A Congolese official is blaming neighboring Uganda for the breakdown of an expected peace agreement with M23 rebels, which both sides are due to sign at a ceremony Monday. Information Minister Lambert Mende says Uganda, which has mediated talks between the DRC and M23, was seemingly acting like a part of the conflict. Congo has long accused neighboring Rwanda and Uganda of supporting M23, An allegation both countries say it is not true.

The U.N. Human Rights Council is getting fourteen new members. Some rights activists are not happy with some of them. VOA's Margaret Besheer has more at U.N. headquarter in New York.

The U.N. General Assembly elected fourteen new members by secret ballot for three-year terms starting in January. Human Rights Watch Global Advocacy director Peggy Hicks expressed doubts about the rights records of several of the winners.

This year, a number of, some of the worst abusers have returned to the council unfortunately, including China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Cuba. And what that means, I think, is that the human rights defenders on the council really have their work cut out for them and will have to redouble their efforts to achieve real results in the coming years.

Advocacy group, U.N. Watch, said in a statement that the election of these countries deals a severe blow to the Human Rights council credibility, and sends the message that politics triumphs human rights. Margaret Besheer, VOA News, the Untied Nations.

The International Energy Agency says that by 2015, the United States will surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world's biggest oil producer and it is on track of becoming energy self-sufficient in two decades. But the Paris-based advisor to 28 energy consuming nations says, the U.S. position as the top world oil producer will end by mid-2020s, as resources diminished at the fields being tapped at the moment in the mid-country states of North Dakota and Texas. The IAEA says middle east countries will then provide most of the increase in the global oil supply.

U.S. corp. regulators have approved the creation of the world's largest airline, a merge of two U.S. carriers, American Airlines and U.S. Airways. The airlines agree to give up some of their takeoff and landing rights at seven key airports in the U.S., mostly at one of three airports serving Washington. Under the agreement, the air terminal slots and two airlines are relinquishing will be handed to low-cost U.S. air carriers.

The new World Trade Center Tower in New York is officially the nation's tallest building, taking the title Tuesday from Chicago's Willis Tower. An international panel of architect decided the needle atop the New York skyscraper is a spire, not an antenna, and can be counted when measuring the height. With the needle, one World Trade Center is 541.3 meters tall.

I'm Ray Kouguell, VOA News. More at VOANEWS.com.















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