The storm, the strongest to hit the country this year, was expected to make landfall late Saturday night and take up to three days to cross the central Philippines.
They are picking up the war-torn pieces in the rebel-held region, hoping someone — whether from Kiev or Moscow — can get essential services running again.
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The United States Embassy warned Americans that terrorist groups may be planning “an unspecified attack” during the conference in the capital of Abuja, though President Goodluck Jonathan assured delegates that they would be safe.
New tensions between the meeting’s sponsors, Russia and the United States, appeared to complicate the negotiations.    
Amanda Knox, accused of killing her roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007, will await the verdict in Seattle after deciding not to be present at the proceedings.    
Cylone Lehar, the second big storm in a week to threaten the state, is expected to make landfall late Thursday afternoon.