People gather outside Haiti's National Palace which was damaged by an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jorge Cruz)

Dazed survivors wandered past dead bodies in rubble-strewn streets Wednesday, crying for loved ones, and rescuers desperately searched collapsed buildings as fear rose that the death toll from Haiti's devastating earthquake could reach into the tens of thousands.

The first cargo planes with food, water, medical supplies, shelter and sniffer dogs headed to the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation a day after the magnitude-7 quake flattened much of the capital of 2 million people.

In an epic struggle settled at dawn, the Democratic-controlled Senate passed health care legislation Thursday, a triumph for President Barack Obama that clears the way for compromise talks with the House on a bill to reduce the ranks of the uninsured and rein in the insurance industry.

The vote was 60-39, strictly along party lines, one day after Democrats succeeded in crushing a filibuster by Republicans eager — yet unable — to inflict a year-end political defeat on the White House.

George Soros, businessman and philanthropist, announces during a press conference a plan to generate an additional 100 billion US dollars for climate change relief at the UN Climate summit in Copenhagen. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

The $10 billion a year proposed by rich nations to help the poor adapt to climate change is "not sufficient" and the gap between what's offered and what's needed could wreck the Copenhagen climate conference, American billionaire George Soros said Thursday.

At a European Union summit in Brussels, meanwhile, wealthier members of the 27-nation bloc were having to press poorer, reluctant neighbors in Eastern Europe to contribute to the $10 billion fund.

 

US President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama, gives his Nobel speech after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize at City Hall in Oslo. (OLIVIER MORIN, AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama entered the pantheon of Nobel Peace Prize winners Thursday with humble words, acknowledging his own few accomplishments while delivering a robust defense of war and promising to use the prestigious award to "reach for the world that ought to be."

A wartime president honored for peace, Obama became the first sitting U.S. president in 90 years and the third ever to win the prize — some say prematurely. In this damp, chilly Nordic capital to pick it up, he and his wife, Michelle, whirled through a day filled with Nobel pomp and ceremony.

President Barack Obama addresses the Summit on Climate Change at the United Nations Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009. (AP Photo/Tsutomu Kobayashi, Japan Pool)

More than 120 world leaders meet Wednesday on the heels of a climate change summit to tackle other crucial issues on the international agenda from terrorism and the spread of nuclear weapons to growing poverty resulting from the global financial crisis. "Amid many crises — food, energy, recession and pandemic flu, hitting all at once — the world looks to us for answers," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in prepared remarks for the opening of the General Assembly's 64th ministerial session.

Military pallbearers carry the casket of U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy as family members look on at the grave side during the burial service for Senator Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, August 29, 2009. Kennedy died late Tuesday after a battle with cancer. REUTERS/Doug Mills/Pool (UNITED STATES POLITICS OBITUARY)

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was laid to rest Saturday night alongside slain brothers John and Robert on hallowed ground at Arlington National Cemetery, celebrated for "the dream he kept alive" across the decades since their deaths. Crowds lined the streets of two cities on a day that marked the end of an American political era — outside Kennedy's funeral in rainy Boston where he was eulogized by President Barack Obama, and later in the day in humid, late-summer Washington.

President Barack Obama gives the eulogy at the Roman Catholic Funeral Mass for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was celebrated Saturday for "the good he did, the dream he kept alive," his funeral inside a soaring Catholic church a memorial to one man's life and a remarkable political era now ended. Row upon row of mourners sat facing the casket bearing Kennedy's mortal remains, President Barack Obama as well as previous occupants of the White House, enough senators to make up a quorum and dozens of members of the most famous political family in the land.

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