Extreme hardship grows in Philippines...Deadly attacks in Iraq

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — Desperation is growing in the central Philippines where aid has been slow in coming after the killer typhoon that ripped the area. Aid officials are hoping the reopening of two airports helps the cause, but roads are closed so trucks can't get through. Mobs that overran a rice warehouse triggered a wall collapse that killed eight people and security forces shot it out with an armed gang.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Shiite Muslims and security forces are again a target of violence across Iraq. Officials say at least 21 people died, including Shiites marking the death of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. Sunni extremists target those marking the holiday, as they consider Shiites to be heretics. The worst attack was in Baqouba (bah-KOO'-bah) where eight people died.

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says 21 nations in the Middle East are calling Pakistan part of the problem as they join to declare the eradication of polio as an emergency priority. The U.N.'s health agency says a joint resolution calls on Pakistan to urgently vaccinate its children. An outbreak in Syria is blamed on a polio strain originating in Pakistan.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is facing sharp resistance from Republican and Democratic lawmakers to a bid for more time to bring Iran around diplomatically. Some lawmakers are determined to further squeeze the Iranian economy over Tehran's suspect nuclear program.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church's new spokesman on national issues says it will be his job to blend Pope Francis' message of a welcoming church with the conservative ideology of American bishops. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Kentucky is the new president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He's also promised to focus on reaching out to the poor and underserved.