TYPHOON HAIYAN, 2013 - A Philippine flag stands amongst the damage caused after powerful Typhoon Haiyan slammed into Tacloban City, Leyte province, central Philippines, Nov. 9, 2013. The most recent and one of the most powerful typhoons on record ripped through the region, wiping away buildings and leveling seaside homes with massive storm surges.
The announcement comes amid growing tensions between the leftist leader and the conservative government of Colombia, which recently agreed to host US military personnel on its bases.
A surprise El Niño effect is disabling oncoming storms from the east and could make 2009 the first quiet hurricane season in years.
The new US hundred dollar bill, unveiled on April 21, includes many improved security features. "As with previous US currency redesigns, this note incorporates the best technology available to ensure we're staying ahead of counterfeiters," Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says in a statement.
“He could have gone to Hyannis or some other ritzy area, but he chose to come here.”
Two years later, the effects are still acutely felt. Observers point to problems with disaster planning, aid distribution, and global attention.
But two researchers say it will be a slightly reduced hurricane season, partly because of a developing El Niño.