'Egypt's Jon Stewart' is still off the air

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef is muzzled by his own TV network, CBC (no relation to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) in this cartoon by Egypt's Doaa Eladl. A network official is saying "Laughing is prohibited!" Bassem Yousseff's show, El-Bernameg, has been off the air since last week.

(c) Doaa Eladl, Egypt

The Philippines on Friday were battered by the strongest storm ever recorded to make landfall, Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Reports are still emerging of the damage, but it roared ashore with sustained winds in excess of 195 mph and gusts of up to 235 mph. The storm, if it were in the Atlantic Ocean, would be a strong Category 5 Hurricane, with winds considerably faster than the deadly hurricanes Andrew and Katrina that battered the US.

The BBC has footage and eye-witness accounts from residents as the super-storm approached.

Super Typhoon Haiyan as it approached the Philippines.


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