Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 10:07 am
Representatives from the Syrian opposition and from President Bashar Assad's regime will sit down at a negotiating table for the first time on Jan. 22, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's office announced Monday.
In the past week, this street market in Tacloban has grown exponentially as people try to earn money to rebuild their lives.
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Mark Lakaba, who was a construction worker before the storm, now sells candles, energy drinks and shampoo from a tarp in the market. He says about 90 percent of the goods in the market were looted in the frenzy that followed the typhoon.
Commerce has returned to the storm-savaged streets of Tacloban in the past week. People sell bananas along the roads, and a bustling market has sprung up across several blocks downtown.
Jimbo Tampol, who works for a local Coca-Cola distributor, drives across Tacloban selling ice-cold sodas from coolers. In a city where there is no electricity and little refrigeration, a cold soda is a big deal, a symbol of normalcy.
The National Party's Juan Orlando Hernandez in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Sunday. With a little less than half the ballots counted, Hernandez had 34 percent of the vote and was leading, but his main rival is also claiming victory.
Both candidates in Honduras' presidential election are claiming victory, a day after millions voted in an election that was expected to be close.
But with more than half the votes counted, Juan Orlando, of the ruling National Party, is ahead with about 34 percent of the votes. His main rival, Xiomara Castro, the wife of deposed leader Manuel Zelaya, has about 28 percent.