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1.01.05 TSUNAMI HELP & RESOURCES
1.16.05 - 1.14.05 TSUNAMI NEWS
BANDA ACEH (AFP), Jan. 17 More bodies were pulled from the rubble in Indonesia yesterday, pushing the tsunami death toll up by almost 5000 as aid workers continued to find terrified survivors. The number of dead in Indonesia stood at 114,978, with the toll expected to rise higher still as the full extent of the disaster was slowly being grasped three weeks after the waves struck. With relief teams fanning across the ravaged west coast of badly hit Aceh province, where most of those newly listed as dead were found, thousands of survivors were still cowering on hillsides too scared to return to the shores. [More>>theaustralian.news.com.au]
COLOMBO, Jan. 16 The Sri Lankan government will receive assistance from 48 countries in its efforts to rebuild after the December 26 tsunamis. The assurance came when representatives from these countries met at a conference in Geneva, where Sri Lankašs Finance and Planning Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama spoke on the urgent need for recovery. [More>>colombopage.com]
JAKARTA (AFP), Jan. 16 Foreign forces including a huge U.S. navy tsunami relief mission will be able to stay Indonesia longer than a three month limit provided they scale back their presence, the Indonesian government said on Sunday. Minister of Defense Juwono Sudarsono said a statement by Vice President Yusuf Kalla for overseas troops to quit "the sooner the better" was "not a deadline for involvement of foreign militarypersonnel." [More>>thejakartapost.com]
HUT BAY, India (Reuters), Jan. 16 Standing amid broken concrete slabs and twisted tin roofs, B. Appa Rao says the tsunami may have wrecked his house in Andaman and Nicobar islands, but that isn't the only reason for his misery.
The Bangkok Post has posted a site where you can search the names of a missing persons list or post a name. For missing persons list click here: http://scoop.bangkokpost.co.th/tsunami/list.php. Among those posted on the list so far are the following Americans:
BANDA ACEH, Aceh (Antara), Jan. 15 Up to 795 of the 5,871 villages in parts of the Aceh were totally devastated by tidal waves during the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami. Data at the National Team for the Aceh Disaster showed on Friday that most buildings in residential areas and business districts were swept away. [More>>thejakartapost.com]
BANDA ACEH, Aceh (Agencies), Jan. 15 Indonesia wants a lasting truce with separatists in tsunami-ravaged Aceh province, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said on Friday, as both sides expressed a willingness for talks to end the 28-year rebellion. [More>>thejakartapost.com]
JAKARTA (Reuters): A vessel carrying Indonesian aid workers and relief supplies for the tsunami-battered province of Aceh hit a shipwreck on Friday but all 30 people on board swam ashore safely, Indonesia's Red Cross said...Most of the cargo -- mainly medicine -- was thrown into the sea and the ship was stuck on the wreck of the semi-submerged vessel, which was partly sunk by the Dec. 26 tsunami...[More>>thejakartapost.com]
Japan will provide tsunami information obtained via a weather satellite for coastal areas along the Indian Ocean until an international early warning system for tsunami is established, in response to the devastating Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami. The policy was included in a draft of a statement to be made by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi at the U.N. World Conference on Disaster Reduction, which is to begin Tuesday in Kobe. [More>>Daily Yomiuri]
Jane Ng of The Straits Times reports that volunteers arriving in the tsunami-stricken areas may find themselves having nothing to do: hey had 700 volunteers signed up and ready to go to Sri Lanka to help tsunami victims. But first, the YMCA decided to send an eight-man team there to check the state of devastation and the needs of those affected. What they saw told them that perhaps it might be best to wait, and reassess how to help...Said YMCA team leader Chiang See Poh, 58, a businessman: 'We saw groups of volunteers - Koreans, Australians and so on - sweeping rubble from a hospital which will never be used again.
1.16.05 - 1.14.05 OTHER NEWS
In a 35-minute interview aboard Air Force One on January 15, President Bush said that his reelection was a ratification of his approach toward Iraq and that there was no reason to hold any administration officials accountable for mistakes or misjudgments in prewar planning or managing the violent aftermath. "We had an accountability moment, and that's called the 2004 elections," Bush said in an interview with The Washington Post. "The American people listened to different assessments made about what was taking place in Iraq, and they looked at the two candidates, and chose me." [More>>Washington Post]
WARSAW (Reuters), Jan. 16 Poland's Defence Ministry has denied charges that Polish troops in Iraq had damaged the site of ancient Babylon, one of the world's most famous archaeological treasures, while using it as a military base. "Neither Polish troops, nor any other troops under Polish command, ever carried out any projects violating historical monuments or causing their devastation," Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Piotr Pertek said on Sunday.
FORT HOOD, Texas (Reuters), Jan. 16 A military jury sentenced Spc. Charles Graner to 10 years in prison on Saturday for his leading role in the 2003 Abu Ghraib torture of Iraqi prisoners, five years less than the maximum sentence possible. The sentencing at a central Texas military base came a day after a jury found Graner guilty on 10 counts related to the abuses, many of which were documented in photographs that included naked prisoners stacked into a pyramid and being forced to masturbate.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 - Over the objections of many of its own employees, the Social Security Administration is gearing up for a major effort to publicize the financial problems of Social Security and to convince the public that private accounts are needed as part of any solution. [More>>nytimes.com]
Iraq's interim government unveiled a security plan for election day, as the discovery of 18 executed Iraqis on roadsides across the country underscored the insurgency's ability to plunge the vote into chaos. Meanwhile, a US soldier was killed Saturday, while five Iraqi soldiers and a policeman were gunned down in a string of ambushes across northern Iraq.
The White House is waging a quiet but intense campaign to stop the European Union from lifting its 15-year-old arms embargo against China. The Bush administration is deeply skeptical of EU assurances that a revised code of conduct on arms exports, coupled with a new toolbox of measures to exchange information on weapons sales, means arms controls on China would remain as tight as under the embargo imposed after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The population of the Chinese Mainland reached 1.3 billion on Thursday, which has been successfully delayed by four years because of the countries' family planning policies. [More>>CRIonline]
1.16.05 Massive international human smuggling racket busted
Sarath Malalasekera reports that Prostitutes from over five nations were arrested in Colombo. Those arrested yesterday in a suburb south of Colombo were four Iranians and a Uzbekistan woman. Earlier a number of prostitutes from Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia, the Ukraine and other Balkan states had been arrested and deported in a two way traffic operation carried on by local criminals in collaboration with their foreign counterparts.
KABUL, Jan. 16 Eighty Afghan detainees were released from US custody at Bagram air base near Kabul on Sunday ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid as part of an attempt to bring moderate Taliban supporters in from the cold, sources said.
Jan. 16 About 40 Islamic scholars in Saudi Arabia have condemned those who incite the violence that has plagued their country in the past 20 months. The group said the violence was against Islamic law and went on to specifically mention attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure. "We reaffirm that such acts are prohibited, and we condemn those who praise these acts and incite [extremists] to target the nation's oil interests and vital installations," a group of academics and public figures from across Saudi Arabia said in a statement on Sunday. The declaration came a month after Saudi-born fighter Usama bin Ladin, in an audiotape posted on a website, called on his followers to strike oil facilities in the Gulf and Iraq and warned Saudi leaders they risked a popular uprising. [More>>Al-Jazeera]
1.16.05 Japan asks Israel to end arms sales to east Asia
(AP) Jan. 16 The Japanese foreign minister on Sunday asked Israel to end weapons sales to Japan's neighbors, but said Japan wants to expand defense cooperation with Israel. Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura is in the region for talks with both the Israelis and the Palestinians. Machimura said Japan wanted to play a greater role in the Middle East peace process.
TOKYO, Jan. 16 Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. and Teikoku Oil Co. are in talks with the government on their planned project to drill for natural gas in the East China Sea, near the disputed areas between Japan and China, government sources said Sunday. [More>>japantoday.com]
Sometimes news gets overlooked because of major events like the tsunami, but the other accounts still need to be reported. An account posted in dawn.com reports an event that occurred Dec. 29:
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti),, Jan. 14 Russian Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko told reporters Friday, following his talks with Japanese Foreign Minsiter Nobutaka Machimura, that Japan wanted to participate in the financing of the Eastern oil pipeline project. Khristenko however failed to specify the amount of Japanese investment in the construction project. [More>>rian.ru]
Jan. 14 North Korea is ready to rejoin the six-nation talks on its nuclear ambitions, according to a U.S. Congressional delegation which arrived in Seoul yesterday after a four-day trip to the communist country. Pennsylvanian Republican Curt Weldon, who headed the six-member delegation said they met with several top Pyongyang officials who all agreed that the nuclear issue needs to be resolved peacefully. "Our unanimous impression is that DPRK is ready to rejoin the six-party process," Weldon told reporters in a news conference at the Foreign Ministry yesterday. [More>>koreaherald.co.kr]
1.15.05 Update: The color image of the rocks on Titan was just released. The colored view includes processing to add reflection spectra data and gives a better indication of the actual color of the surface. The rocks in the center are about 6 inches wide by 1.5 inches high. The surface is darker than originally expected, consisting of a mixture of water and hydrocarbon ice. There is also evidence of erosion at the base of these objects, indicating possible fluvial activity. The image was taken with the Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer, one of two NASA instruments on the probe. [http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/]
1.14.05 Boing to close 717 airplane production line in Long Beach
In a fatal blow to California's last major commercial aircraft plant, Boeing Co. today said it will shut down its 717 airplane production line in Long Beach next year and take a $340-million charge against profits after sales of the passenger jet failed to meet expectations. [More>>latimes.com]
A government-sponsored project to develop a multilingual audio-text translation system is likely to be completed during fiscal 2005, raising expectations of the ability to communicate in four languages using cell phones or personal digital assistants, government sources said Thursday. The system would consist of a database of 500,000 phrases, or 5 million words, in Japanese, Chinese, English, and Korean, which would be accessed via cell phones or PDAs. [More>>Daily Yomiuri]
LONDON (IranMania), Jan. 14 An ancient seal has been discovered by chance which confirms the information recorded in the text of the Bisitun Inscription in Kermanshah Province, an expert of the Hamedan Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department announced on Wednesday.
A cuneiform inscription in ancient Persian on one side of the cylindrical seal reads "Dadar Shish, Satrap of Bactria." Dadar Shish was an ancient Iranian proper name which meant brave. It is said that the English word "dare" is derived from this word. [More>>iranmania.com; see more details at mehrnews.ir]
1.14.05 Ruins of 9th - 12th century city found in Iran
LONDON (IranMania) Jan. 14 Archaeologists recently discovered the ruins of a once prosperous Islamic city near the town of Anbarabad in southern Kerman Province, the director of the archaeological team working on the Halil-Rud riverbank announced, according to MNA. ŗThe size of the city and the artworks discovered here show the city was economically and industrially developed,˛ added Davud Abyan.
JERUSALEM (CNN), Jan. 14 Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ordered the suspension of all contacts with the Palestinian Authority on Friday, following an attack by Palestinian gunmen that killed six Israelis civilians, Israeli officials said. "The prime minister has ordered suspension of all contacts with Palestinian Authority representatives and the closure of all Gaza terminals until real steps are taken against terrorist acts," said the official. [More>>cnn.com]
See also haaretzdaily.com article: ... Palestinian Cabinet Minister Saeb Erekat confirmed this, but added that the criticism of Abbas was unfair as he has not yet been sworn in as the Palestinian Authority chairman. "Sharon's bureau called me this afternoon saying that they were suspending all contact with the Palestinian side," Erekat said. He said the best way to re-launch the peace process was not by suspending the negotiations but by renewing them. [More>>haaretzdaily.com ]
See also Jerusalem Post article: "Abbas: Violence impedes peace process": The terror attack at the Karni crossing and Israeli military operations both "do not benefit the peace process," Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday. The chairman-elect condemned the attack but also included Israel in criticism of violence in the region. "This attack, as well as Israel's military incursions which killed nine Palestinians this week, do not advance the peace process," Army Radio quoted Abbas, who spoke to journalists in Ramallah Friday. [More>>Jerusalem Post]
WASHINGTON (AP), Jan. 14 President Bush says he now sees that tough talk can have an "unintended consequence." During a round-table interview with reporters from 14 newspapers, the president, who not long ago declined to identify any mistakes he'd made during his first term, expressed misgivings for two of his most famous expressions: "Bring 'em on," in reference to Iraqis attacking U.S. troops, and his vow to get Osama bin Laden "dead or alive." "Sometimes, words have consequences you don't intend them to mean," Bush said Thursday. [More>>cnn.com; see also "Bush regrets gung-ho language that hurt US" expressindia.com]
1.14.05 Prisoners from Iraq's Abu Ghraib escape
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) , Jan. 14 Iraqi police searched Friday for 28 prisoners from Abu Ghraib who escaped from their custody while being transported to another facility in Baghdad, police and U.S. military spokesmen said. Two police officers may have been involved in Thursday night's escape, Iraqi officials said. [More>>cnn.com]
TEHRAN (MNA) After the first master development plan (MDP) of eight oil fields located in southern part of Iran was completed, officials have started studying another MDP for expansion of other fields located in the region, said Bahman Samimi, manager of oil engineering department in Oil Engineering and Development Company (OEDC). The first MDP would be implemented by year-end (March 21, 2005), he added.
MOSCOW (Prensa Latina) Jan. 14 Russian Defense Minister Serguei Ivanov denied alleged statements on sales of tactic missiles to Syria at his present visit to the US. News broadcast from Channel One in Moscow quoted local media claims that the sales involved Iskander-E high missiles, but Ivanov rebuked that such information generally precede visits by top ranking officials like Syrian President Bashar al-Asad on Jan. 24-27.
In a separate article by kommersant, "A deal without rules," is critical of the sale: Yesterday for the first time, Israel officially acknowledged the existence of a problem with the delivery of Russian arms to Syria. Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom has made a request to Russia to call off an impending deal to sell missile systems to Damascus. The United States reacted more harshly to reports of the planned contract...On January 12, Kommersant reported that Russian-Israeli relations were in a deep crisis owing to Russia's plans to sell a consignment of the latest weapons to Syria. [More>>kommersant.com]
NEW JERSEY, Jan. 14 Pakistani newspaper /www.jang.com.pk reports: The Association of Pakistani Professionals (AOPP) has taken strong notice of the irresponsible statement by Congressman Frank Pallone in New Delhi where he issued a statement, saying that the F16šs would be used against India.
BEIJING, Jan. 14 Chinese Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai and US Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans agreed here this week that they are optimistic about a healthy growth trade relations between the two countries. Secretary Evans arrived Tuesday in Beijing for Thursday's annual roundtable conference on intellectual property rights between China and the United States. He was later met by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. Bo and Evans met Wednesday and exchanged views on key issues about China-US economic relations and trade, including market economy status, textile exports, protection of intellectual property rights, direct selling legislation, express mail service, wholesale and retailing services, trade deficit and anti-dumping issues. [More>>xinhuanet]
BEIJING, Jan. 14 China announced Friday that it will resume issuing initial public offerings (IPOs), which it suspended four months ago, according to China Securities Regulatory Commission. Huadian Power International Co. will be the first company on the Chinese mainland to go public in 2005, an official with the commission said. Huadian Power is controled by China Huadian Group Corp., a state-owned energy giant with assets totaling 89 billion yuan (10.8 billion US dollars) at the end of 2003. [More>>xinhuanet]
NEW DELHI, (Press Trust of India), Jan. 14 Listing Toyota, Intel, Sony, LG and Samsung among his admired companies, Tata group chief Ratan Tata has regretted that India is not world class in manufacturing and has lost the "chance to be the factory of the world." "That opportunity appears to have gone to China, and since then, to some other Asian countries," he said in a hard-hitting interview to Businessworld while blaming the prolonged protected environment for production of goods that were not up to consumers' aspirations. [More>>hindustantimes.com]
1.14.05 Nigerian baby born with four legs
LAGOS, Jan. 14 A Nigerian woman has given birth to a baby with many abnormalities in the form of two male organs, no anus and four legs and the family appeals for financial assistance for an orthopedic operation, state media reported Friday. The yet to be named baby was born to a family of peasant farmer, Malam Haruna Hassan, in the capital Abuja and is receiving treatment at a specialist hospital, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.
1.12.05 Protesters plan "die in" during Bush inaguration
WASHINGTON (Reuters) Jan. 12 Protesters will march through Washington, stage a "die in" across from the White House and turn their backs on President Bush's limousine during his inaugural celebration next week, organizers said on Wednesday. As U.S. authorities prepared unprecedented security for the Jan. 20 event, organizers said thousands of protesters will stage a noisy counterpoint to the lavish $40 million celebration. [More>>Reuters]
1.12.05 Canada finds third case of mad cow disease
Jan. 13 Canadian officials said Tuesday they had detected a third case of mad cow disease, this time in a cow born after the introduction of preventive measures. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said in a statement no part of the infected animal an Alberta beef cow just under 7 years old entered the human or animal food supply. [More>>bignewsnetwork.com]
1.11.05 International Space Station (ISS) orbit to be raised in height
The height of the ISS orbit gets closer to Earth by 100-150 meters every day. To compensate for the gravitational pull to Earth, the station is "pushed" 4-5 kilometers in a single operation. However, the November 17,2004 "push" failed to achieve its objective, so Saturday January 15 the ISS will be pushed up 8 1/2 kilometers. [More>>rian.ru]
1.07.05 Sinclair Broadcasting to sue webloggers
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