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US Aircraft Carrier Group Begins Relief Operations in Philippines

There were no official burial ceremonies Thursday. But a police photographer told the Associated Press that a portion of the femur was removed from each corpse, and that technicians will later extract DNA from those remains to match with surviving next of kin.

The death toll from last Friday's storm stands at 2,357, although Tacloban's mayor said the count is expected to rise significantly.

United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, who toured Tacloban Wednesday, later called the situation "dismal," with tens of thousands of people living during monsoon season in the open and exposed to rain and wind.

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US Open to Future Talks With Iran on Fighting IS Militants

State Department official says it is no secret that US has had discussions with Iran about coalition against IS militants in Iraq but two countries will not coordinate militarily More