World news in brief

By Drum Digital
10 November 2013

The Philippines

Around 10,000 people may have died in just one area of the Philippines hit by Typhoon Haiyan, according to officials.

The Philippine government has so far only confirmed the death of several hundred people after the storm struck.

Hundreds of thousands of people are reported displaced from their homes.

There's no clean water, no electricity and very little food.

City officials said they were struggling to distribute aid and that looting was widespread.

In Mogadishu

At least six people have been killed after a suspected suicide attack at a hotel in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

Interior Minister Abdikarim Hussein Guled told the BBC that 15 people had been injured after a car exploded outside the Hotel Maka.

The hotel lies on one of the capital's main roads, which the authorities say is usually safe.

Islamist militant group al-Shabab was driven out of Mogadishu two years ago but often stages attacks in the city.


Democratic Republic of Congo will sign a peace deal on Monday with the M23 rebel group that laid down its arms this week after a string of military defeats, Congo's Foreign Minister Raymond Tshibanda told Reuters.

The Tutsi-led M23, the most important rebel movement in lawless eastern Congo, announced on Tuesday it would disband after a 20-month uprising that displaced some 800,000 people.

A two-week U.N.-backed army offensive had dislodged M23 from its last hilltop strongholds near the Rwandan and Ugandan borders.

M23's announcement raised hope for greater stability after two decades of violence in eastern Congo partly motivated by ethnic tensions and combat over rich mineral deposits in which millions of people have died.

- SAPA, Reuters and BBC

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