Tornadoes have caused mayhem in the United States, with forecasters saying the weather is unusual for January. The town of Adairsville in Georgia took the brunt of the storm, which has killed at least two people.
More than three months after super-typhoon "Haiyan" hit Tacloban, life is slowly returning to the ravaged Philippine city. But many residents are still in desperate need of shelter and jobs.
A new storm has plowed into the eastern US. The current bout of snow, wind and ice has triggered widespread road accidents and flight cancellations and left hundreds of thousands of people without power.
Climate change is warming ocean temperature and sea levels are rising. Tornadoes are increasingly intense and there are higher storm surges, which are almost impossible to prepare for.
The United States made plenty of headlines in 2013, ranging from fatal bombings to deadly tornados, government shutdowns and NSA leaks. But in between the doom and gloom there was also some good news.
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