World News: 10,000 Possibly Dead from Typhoon in Philippines; More Asian Bird Flu; Middle East, Africa, Asia Turmoil; World Chess Championship; Olympic Torch Spacewalk?

Tacloban Airport is covered by debris after powerful Typhoon Haiyan hit Tacloban city, in Leyte province in central Philippines, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Rescuers in the central Philippines counted at least 100 people dead and many more injured Saturday, a day after one of the most powerful typhoons on record ripped through the region, wiping away buildings and leveling seaside homes with massive storm surges. Authorities now believe a 20 ft. wall of water from Typhoon Haiyan may have killed 10,000 in Tacloban City on Leyte Island Friday Nov. 8. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) -- A provincial official says another 300 people have been confirmed dead on Samar ('sah-MAR) Island in the central Philippines in the onslaught of a super typhoon.
That's in addition to 10,000 people believed to have died in Tacloban city on Leyte Island, just across Samar.
Leo Dacaynos of Samar province's disaster office said Sunday that 300 people have been confirmed dead in Basey town and another 2,000 are missing.
He says the storm surge caused sea waters to rise 6 meters (20 feet) when Typhoon Haiyan hit Friday.
There are still other towns on Samar that have not been reached.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- A 10-year-old Cambodian boy died Saturday, becoming the country's 13th person to die of bird flu this year, officials said.
Cambodia's Health Ministry and the World Health Organization said in a joint statement that the boy died from the H5N1 bird flu virus after suffering from fever, cough, a sore throat and breathing difficulty.
Cambodia's 13 bird flu fatalities and 24 confirmed cases are the country's highest annual total since the virus surfaced in 2003, and also the highest for any country this year for the H5N1 variant.
The H5N1 virus normally spreads between poultry, but can sometimes spread from poultry to humans.
The statement said that about a month before the boy became sick, about 30 chickens died suddenly in his village in the southern province of Kampot, and that he had carried dead poultry for his brother, who was preparing them for a meal.
There have been more than 640 confirmed H5N1 cases worldwide since 2003, about 60 percent of them fatal. Additionally, China has seen more than 100 confirmed cases of the H7N9 bird flu strain since it emerged in March this year.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense officials say the U.S. is bringing an aircraft carrier home from the Persian Gulf region after keeping two of the warships there for months as the Obama administration considered a military strike on Syria.
The decision to bring back the USS Nimitz underscores the shift from a pointed military threat against the Syrian government to a broader diplomatic approach. It comes as international experts work to meet a mid-2014 deadline to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons program.
The Nimitz was scheduled to return to the U.S. in August, but was ordered to stay in the region as concerns escalated over the Syrian government's purported use of chemical weapons against its civilians. The aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman remains there and other U.S. warships are in the Mediterranean Sea.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Afghan national security forces killed in combat shot up almost 80 percent during this summer's fighting season, compared with the same time in 2012, as they take the lead in the fight across the country.
A Pentagon report says that U.S. and coalition deaths, meanwhile, dropped by almost 60 percent during the same six-month period. The Defense Department refused to release numbers to explain the percentages, but U.S. military leaders have said that the number of Afghans killed each week had spiked to more than 100 earlier this year.
The high number of casualties and the Afghans' limited ability to evacuate their wounded, "adversely affects morale, retention and recruiting," according to the report, which the Defense Department released Friday.

GENEVA (AP) -- Talks on curbing Iran's nuclear program are over for now after France objected that proposed measures didn't go far enough.
No deal was reached but U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says "significant progress" has been made on the differences that remain.
Six world powers and Iran have agreed to resume talks Nov. 20.
Both sides badly wanted agreement. The U.S. and its five partners were looking for initial caps on Iran's ability to make an atomic bomb, while Tehran sought some easing of sanctions stifling its economy.
But France would not soften its concerns over Iran's polonium project and the level of its uranium enrichment program.
Kerry, speaking to reporters after the talks broke up early Sunday, acknowledged there were "certain issues that we needed to work through." He said "We're grateful to the French for the work we did together,"
As the talks foundered after initial signs of progress, Kerry rushed to Geneva on Friday, followed by counterparts from Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, for a last-ditch effort to push through an agreement.

BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say Syrian rebels have launched a counteroffensive in the northern city of Aleppo and recaptured a base near its international airport.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Aleppo Media Center say the rebels were able to fully recapture the site, the base for a unit called "Brigade 80," after government troops seized parts of it early Friday.
The main job of "Brigade 80" was to protect the government-held Aleppo International Airport, which has been closed due to fighting for almost a year.
Rebels captured the "Brigade 80" site in February and now government troops are trying to get it back.
The Observatory said 40 rebels and more than 20 troops were killed in the latest fighting, that began Friday and continued early Saturday.

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Officials in Iraq say a series of attacks on soldiers and government employees have killed five people around the capital, Baghdad.
Police officials say the deadliest of Saturday's attacks took place shortly after sunset when a roadside bomb struck an army patrol in the town of Jurf al-Shkakr, killing three soldiers and wounding two.
The town, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Baghdad, is a former insurgent stronghold. Attacks on Iraqi security forces and nearby Shiite areas have been launched there in the past.
In Baghdad, police say two government employees were killed in separate attacks by bombs attached to their cars.
Hospital officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to speak to journalists.

KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- The Nigerian military says two soldiers and five suspected Islamic extremists were killed in shootouts early Saturday morning on the outskirts of Kano, a northern city that has been relatively peaceful in recent months.
Army Captain Ikedichi Iweha, spokesman for the security forces' combined Joint Task Force, said the suspects were planning simultaneous suicide attacks in the Nigerian capital Abuja and Kano, the country's second largest city.
In an email sent to reporters, Iweha said "intelligence available indicates that the terrorists were in the process of finalizing plans." He said security forces also confiscated nearly 50 AK-47 rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
Iweha said security is being tightened in Kano, amid fears that insurgents are fleeing to the city from the three northeastern states currently under emergency rule.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Security officials say a bomb has killed a state attorney and gunmen have shot dead two policemen in eastern Libya.
The country is been gripped by unrest, and assassinations of public figures and security officials are frequent. Many killings are blamed on militias, which the government is struggling to rein in.
A security official in the city of Darna, a stronghold of Islamic militants, said a bomb was placed in the car carrying public attorney Mohammed Khalifa al-Naas on Saturday. Another security official said unknown gunmen fired at a security patrol in a commercial area in Benghazi, Libya's second city, leaving two policemen dead.
The officials spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

BERLIN (AP) -- Germans across the country are commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht -- the night of broken glass -- during which the Nazis staged a wave of attacks on Jews in Germany and Austria.
On Nov. 9, 1938, hundreds of synagogues were burned, numerous homes and Jewish-owned stores were ransacked, some 1,000 people were killed and more than 30,000 Jews were sent to concentration camps.
Germans in many cities and towns on Saturday are holding candle-light vigils, listening to Jewish survivors share memories and meeting at Jewish memories to remember the victims of Kristallnacht.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Kristallnacht "was an event that humiliated Jews in an unbelievable way ... a real low point in German history had been reached."
She called on Germans to never forget the past.

JERUSALEM (AP) -- About 500 Jewish women have prayed at Jerusalem's Western Wall to mark their movement's 25th anniversary.
The "Women of the Wall" organization holds monthly prayer services at Judaism's holiest site, a remnant of the biblical Jewish Temple.
As the women prayed on Monday in religious garb, some ultra-Orthodox men called their presence at the wall a provocation. Under Orthodox Jewish practice, only men may wear prayer shawls and skullcaps, and most Orthodox Jews insist that only men should carry a Torah scroll.
The more liberal Reform and Conservative streams of Judaism, marginal in Israel but the largest denominations in the US, allow women to practice the same way as men do in Orthodox Judaism.
An Israeli court order backing the women's right to pray at the Western Wall was granted in April of 2012.

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Defending champion Viswanathan Anand held Norwegian challenger Magnus Carlsen to a quick draw with the black pieces Saturday in the first game of their chess world championship match.
Playing in Chennai close to where Anand was born, the 43-year-old Indian grandmaster forced Carlsen to repeat a position by chasing his opponent's queen back and forth with a knight, leading to an automatic draw after just 16 moves.
That gives Anand a slight early advantage, as he now gets the white pieces in six of the remaining 11 games.
The 22-year-old Carlsen is the biggest star in chess and the game's top-ranked player, but this is his first world championship match. Anand has held the world title since 2007 and has defended it against three previous opponents.

MOSCOW (AP) -- The Sochi Olympic torch has started its first spacewalk.
NASA Live TV showed Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazanskiy carrying the unlit Olympic torch, bobbing weightlessly at the end of a tether in a darkness dotted by stars, outside the International Space Station on Saturday.
The torch was launched into space from the Russian-operated Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday morning. It will return to Earth with a three-man crew on Monday.
The torch will not burn aboard the space outpost because lighting it would consume precious oxygen and pose a threat to the crew.
The Olympic torch was taken aboard the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis in 1996 for the Atlanta Summer Olympics, but this is the first it time it has been taken outside a spacecraft.