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MANILA TIMES (Philippines), REUTERS, BBC NEWS (UK), NEW YORK TIMES (USA)

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MANILA - The death toll from a typhoon that swept through the Philippines archipelago jumped to 238 on Wednesday with hundreds missing, reports Reuters.

At least 156 people are known to have died in the Compostela Valley province alone, when Typhoon Bopha struck Mindanao Island, local officials told the BBC.

Eighty-one other people were killed in the nearby province of Davao Oriental and 15 in other areas, according to the army and the civil defense office.


Rescuers have reached most areas, but have had difficulty getting to some isolated communities, said BBC. Dozens of people are still missing reports the Manila Times.

Typhoon Bhopa struck the Southern Island of Mindanao Tuesday, toppling trees and blowing away homes with 210 kilometer per hour gusts.

Rains flattened entire villages and damaged roads and bridges, reports the New York Times. In some towns, 95% of the buildings were destroyed.

The storm has weakened and is now heading to the South China Sea. The Philippines are hit by more than 20 powerful tropical storms every year, but Bopha struck remote communities off the usual storm path, that are not accustomed to such strong typhoons.

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Olaf Scholz: Trying To Crack The Code Of Germany's Enigmatic Chancellor

Olaf Scholz took over for Angela Merkel a year ago, but for many he remains a mysterious figure through a series of tumultuous events, including his wavering on the war in Ukraine.

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Olaf Scholz boading an Air Force Special Air Mission Wing plane, on his way to the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Tirana.

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Peter Huth

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BERLIN — When I told my wife that I was planning to write an article about “a year of Scholz,” she said, “Who’s that?” To be fair, she misheard me, and over the last 12 months the German Chancellor has mainly been referred to by his first name, Olaf.

Still, it’s a reasonable question. Who is Olaf Scholz, really? Or perhaps we should ask: how many versions of Olaf Scholz are there? A year after taking over from Angela Merkel, we still don’t know.

Chancellors from Germany’s Social Democrat Party (SPD) have always been easy to characterize. First there was Willy Brandt – he suffered from depression and had an intriguing private life. His affected public speaking style is still the gold standard for anyone who wants to get ahead in the center-left party. Then came Helmut Schmidt. He lived off his reputation for handling any crisis, smoked like a chimney and eventually won over the public.

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