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Aid workers are arriving in South Asian countries devestated by the tsunami. The global death toll has now reached 135,000 [CNN News via bignewsnetwork]. The tsunami global death toll passed 125,000. Australia reports about 1,250 Australians remain missing in the tsunami affected nations. Australia today pledged another $25 million in aid, taking the total financial assistance to $60 million. People are warned that bodies of the dead will be hard to identify, if found. Decomposition 6 days in the heat and being disfigured by the water leaves only ante-mortem identification material, such as dental records, DNA, fingerprints and identifying marks. [news.com.au]. The death toll in Sri Lanka has passed 28,000 (nearing 29,000 according to the Press Trust of India Dec. 31) and torrential rains now hamper relief efforts. There are also fears of floating land mines in the north. The mutual interest in getting relief to the north is helping the reconciliation of Tamil rebels and the Sri Lankan government. [lankapage.com]. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Friday it was making US $325 million immediately available to countries ravaged by a massive earthquake and tidal waves [More>>thejakartapost.com]. The US five-ship battle group led by the Nimits-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln will arrive in Sumatra and take a position off the province of Aceh Friday. [More>>thejakartapost.com]. The US has increased its aid to the South Asian nations from $35 million to $135 million [More>>www.cnn.com; from Reuters]. India accounts for 10,000 dead; the Union Health Ministry ruled out outbreak of epidemic in the affected areas though there could be some cases of gastroenteritis and diarrhoea. The situation in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (see earlier story regarding their special situation) is still being reviewed. [Press Trust of India]. Nearly 28,000 more bodies have been uncovered in Aceh Province, Sumatra, bringing the Indonesian toll to 80,000; and the Health Minister Siti Fadilah said today that the toll could reach more than 100,00 [More>>nytimes.com].
People frantic for family news: A Jan. 01, 2005 report says Sri Lankan workers in South Korea are frantic for family news from home [koreaherald], and this may be representative of the situation of many families around the globe, waiting for news of their friends and loved ones. I have noticed that major media have not reported help and resources links on the internet. And when they do give a nominal reference, they re-publish the same list reported days earlier on the internet. There seems to be an attitude of hogging information between the major resources and no attempt to consolidate useful links, and often the major networks are at least two days behind certain stories. A few networks, such CBS Evening News, published two days after the information was available on the internet the story on the Pacific tsunami warning system, called DART, and showed a portion of the satellite view of Sri Lanka being hit by the tsunami. Major networks need to change their reporting habits and use and acknowledge internet resources of information. What is a tradition of sharing on the internet is not apparently appreciated or understood, by major media.
"We are facing a huge uphill battle. We know more needs to be done and more needs to be done now," Oliver Hall, the team leader for the UN's Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team, told AFP. Hall said that although many supplies from around the world had reached Indonesia, getting them to Banda Aceh and then out to the provinces was proving a major problem. [More>>asianewsnet.net ] Providing relief to isolated island communities, such as those in the Maldives, is particularly tough, said Jamie McGoldrick, an official of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva.
Battered badly, fisher folk, the worst affected in Sunday's tsunami, are seeking housing sites that are away from the coastal belt of India. "We never wanted to move because sea and fishermen are inseparable. But now we are forced to do it because our life is more precious," said Subramaniyam, a native of Kalapet near Pondicherry. Five thousand families have made similar demands. [More>>asiannewsnet.net]
The Indonesian military is continuing to launch raids against separatist rebels in tsunami-devastated Aceh, despite having earlier called a cease fire to help aid efforts. "Our security operations continue, the only difference is that it may be less in scale and intensity," Lieutenant Colonel Nachrowi, of the military headquarters' general information department, told AFP. [More>>www.asianewsnet.net]
MOSCOW, Dec. 31 Federal Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov signed a decree on a unified petroleum mainline network to be designed and laid from Taishet in East Siberia's Irkutsk Region to Perevozochnaya Bay in the Russian Far East, reports the government press service. Named "East Siberia-Pacific", the net will have an annual lump throughput of up to 80 million tons. [More>>rian.ru]
12.31.04 President Pervez Musharraf continues as army chief
WASHINGTON, Dec. 30: US Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Thursday that President Pervez Musharraf exercised the option the Pakistani parliament had given him when he decided to retain both the posts of the head of state and the army chief. Asked for the US reaction to General Musharraf's decision, Mr. Powell said: "This is a judgment for the Pakistani people to make. The parliament provided for means for him to do this. [More>>dawn.com] But the opposition are protesting. Pakistan's opposition Friday geared up for a "black day" of protests after President Pervez Musharraf broke his promise to quit as army chief and accused his detractors of threatening democracy. [More>>jang.com.pk]
12.31.04 Buenos Aires nightclub fire kills 175
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Dec. 31 A fire tore through a Buenos Aires nightclub packed with young New Year's revelers and killed at least 175 people as a stampeding crowd was trapped by locked exit doors, officials said Friday. At least 714 people were injured in the Thursday night blaze...Four of the club's six doors were tied shut with wire or padlocks, according to Interior Minister Anibal Fernandez. [More>>Reuters.com]
TOKYO, Dec. 31 Twenty-six Asian, U.S. and European cell phone service companies and data communications equipment manufacturers have agreed to work on a unified standard for next-generation cellphone technology, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported Friday. The new technology, Super 3G, could be available as early as 2009 and capable of almost instantaneously transmitting high-resolution video. The 26 companies include NTT DoCoMo Inc, Vodafone Group PLC, Cingular Wireless LLC, China Mobile Communications Corp, NEC Corp, Alcatel and Siemens AG. (Kyodo News) [japantoday.com].
MISSION CONTROL CENTRE, KOROLEV, MOSCOW REGION, Dec. 30 "Space tourism makes one better and kinder, so its progress is welcome," the International Space Station crew Russia's Salizhan Sharipov and Leroy Chiao of the USA said in a linkup with the Mission Control Centre. "It's sure an expensive pleasure to make a space outing, but it's worth the money. It is extremely interesting. Whoever makes a space flight once thirsts for another and yet another," remarked Sharipov, ISS engineer. "We are enthusiastic about ever new space tourists the experience thoroughly changes one. It makes one kinder," he added. [More>>RIA Novosti]
12.30.04 Kazakh opposition under threat
A government prosecutor in Kazakhstan has begun action to have the central Asian country's main opposition party shut down. Accusing the Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DCK) of breeching national security, the law suit filed on Thursday said the party was also "fomenting social unrest". The case has been filed at a court in Kazakhstan's southern commercial capital Almaty, but the prosecutor was not available for comment. However, DCK said the move to shut it down was in revenge for criticism of this year's parliamentary elections. [More>>Al-Jezeera]
(AFP) Dec. 31 Snow has fallen over the United Arab Emirates for the first time ever, leaving a white blanket over the mountains of Ras al-Khaimah as the desert country experienced a cold spell and above-average rainfall. The snow fell over the Al-Jees mountain range in Ras al-Khaimah, the most northerly member of the UAE federation, Dubai airport's meteorology department reported. [More>>news.com.au via bignewsnetwork; See also Al-Jezeera]
OTTAWA -- Canada has found what may be a second case of mad cow disease, officials said Thursday, just a day after the United States said it planned to reopen its border to Canadian beef. The border was closed 19 months ago when a cow in northern Alberta tested positive for mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday the border could be opened in March. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency released few details on the new suspect case, except to identify it as a 10-year-old dairy cow. [More>>Washingtonpost.com]
12.30.04 Hacker hits Nike website, wishing Happy New Year
BEIJING, Dec. 30 Nike (China)'s offcial website was hijacked yesterday by a naughty Hacker who signed as Danny and wished a happy New Year. The hacked website was restored and returned normalcy at 11pm. [More>>xinhuanet.com]
12.30.04 Iraq says senior Zarqawi aide captured in Baghdad
BAGHDAD, Dec 30 U.S.-led forces in Iraq have captured a senior member of the al Qaeda-linked network led by Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a raid in Baghdad, the Iraqi government said today. It said Fadil Hussain Ahmed al-Kurdi was captured along with two other suspected insurgents. [Reuters (Posted @ 14:45 PST) via dawn.com]
MOSCOW (Reuters) China emerged on Thursday as a dark horse contender for the assets of stricken Russian oil major YUKOS as the company's state-driven break-up took yet another abrupt twist. Amid intense speculation over who will become the ultimate owner of YUKOS's million-barrel-a-day oil unit, Yuganskneftegaz, Russian Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko said top Chinese oil company CNPC may end up with a one-fifth stake. [More>>nytimes]
Record exports will lead to Korea's second-highest current-account surplus of more than $28 billion this year, the Bank of Korea forecast yesterday. [More>>koreaherald.co.kr]
TOKYO, Dec. 30 Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura on Thursday supported U.S. President George W. Bush's initiative involving Japan, Australia and India aimed at helping victims of the massive earthquake and tsunamis in Asia. Bush said Wednesday the United States will create a "core group" with Japan, Australia and India to help coordinate disaster relief. [Japan Today]
A team of Kyoto University scientists extracted stem cells that would grow into sperm from a mouse immediately after it was born. One month later, the scientists found some of the cells were shaped like ES cells. They separated the cells that looked like ES cells from others and cultivated them under the same conditions as ES cells. As a result, the cells multiplied without differentiating. The team, led by Prof. Takashi Shinohara, published its results in Wednesday's issue of U.S. science magazine Cell. [Full story>>Daily Yomiuri]
Japan and Russia are planning a 4,200 km Pacific route pipeline connecting Taishet in Eastern Siberia with Perevoznaya Port facing the Sea of Japan...The Russian government has acknowledged the merit of the Pacific route, because it can increase exports to South Korea, Southeastern Asia and the Pacific coast of the United States, as well as Japan, sources said. [More>>Daily Yomiuri]
JAKARTA, Dec. 31 Riza, a 26-year-old clothes vendor, said that at about 8 a.m. she was enjoying the holiday in bed when suddenly she saw walls of water, mud, rocks and branches rushing into the neighborhood. People were screaming and running...As she struggled for her own life and that of the twins, she said a large snake as long as a telephone pole approached her. She and the nine-year-olds rested on the reptile, which was drifting along with the current. "Thank God, we landed on higher ground where the water level was only about a meter deep..." [More>>thejakartapost.com]
BANDA ACEH, Dec. 31 Tomi Soetjipto and Dean Yates report: The death toll from the tsunami, triggered by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake off Indonesia, stood at 125,282 people, government and health officials said. Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India were the hardest hit...Sri Lanka, severely afflicted, raised its toll today by just under 3000 people to 27,268...Holiday-makers were among those caught by surprise. Nearly 5000 foreigners - half from Sweden and Germany - are missing, many of them in Thailand, where 710 foreigners have been confirmed dead...Authorities warned of many deaths from dysentery, cholera and typhoid fever caused by contaminated food and water, and malaria and dengue fever carried by mosquitoes..."There's no information. Just what you hear on the street. Coordination is very bad," said Zulkarnaen, 36, from Aceh's main city Banda Aceh.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters), Dec. 30 The World Bank on Thursday offered $250 million for tsunami relief, bringing total aid contributions from around the world to nearly $500 million, the United Nations said. World Bank President James Wolfensohn announced release of the funds by telephone during a meeting at U.N. headquarters convened to plan the next steps in the unprecedented global relief effort, U.N. chief spokesman Fred Eckhard said. [More>>Reuters]
Dec. 31 Exxon Mobil Corporation and its employees announced Thursday they are contributing $5 million to assist disaster relief efforts in South Asia. The Texas-based oil company will also match employee and retiree contributions around the world, officials said. [More>>bignewsnetwork.com] In another story Bill Gates is reported to have donated $3 million.
JAKARTA (AFP), Dec. 30 The Indonesian death toll from devastating earthquakes and tsunamis earlier this week is now above 52,000, an official at the Ministry of Health said on Thursday. The UN believes that the toll will reach 80,000. [More>>thejakartapost.com] The latest quake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale shook sea northwest of the main Sumatra island city of Medan shortly after 4:00 am (2100 GMT Wednesday), after two quakes measuring 5.1 and 5.2 the previous evening. "This is not big enough to cause tidal waves," said Fauzi of the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG). "...At least 45,000 of them in Aceh on Sumatra's northern tip." [More>>thejakartapost.com]
Freshwater shortages caused by sea water contamination of underground and surface sources threaten more suffering in tidal wave-hit areas. Natural Resources and Environment Ministry permanent secretary Petipong Pungbun na Ayutthaya said staff were inspecting damage caused by Sunday's tidal waves and trying to quickly repair vital water systems. "Salty water, mud and sand are covering every square inch of these areas. Recovering the freshwater sources, vegetation, soil and the fragile terrestrial ecosystem from the salty mud covering it all is a vital task," said Mr Petipong. [More>>bangkokpost.net]
BANGKOK, Dec 30 Most of the 6,000 people missing in Thailand following the Tsunami disaster are probably dead, Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra today said as thousands of rescue workers scoured remote southern islands for bodies and survivors...Most of the deaths are foreigners.[More>>Press Trust of India]
President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga of Sri Lanka received Michel Barnier, the External Affairs Minister of France Wednesday. Barnier said "that France will assist Sri Lanka in disaster preparedness and management and assured Sri Lanka will in future benefit from the 'early warning system' set up by the EU." [More>>dailynews.lk]
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Dec. 30 As rescue workers continued the grim task of burying bodies, the toll in the Tsunami catastrophe rose to 22,800 in Sri Lanka while an estimated 4,059 people were still missing, officials said today. The number of people injured in the deadly tidal wave attack were 8,815 while some 600,810 have been rendered homeless, the Disaster Management Unit (DMU) officials at the President's office said. The DMU said 93,407 people were staying at 793 relief camps operating in schools, halls, temples and churches all over the country. [More>>Press Trust of India]
About 25 coastal villages in Mullaitivu district have been completely wiped out by the killer waves that struck the nation last Sunday. [More>>dailynews.lk]
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Dec. 30 A British tourist in Sri Lanka was surfing when the tsunami hit. The surfer, Gary Wolf, was not aware what was happening and his ride ended up on a highway. "Suddenly I saw that the rocks near the shore had simply disappeared," he recounted. [Full story>>haaretz.com]
12.30.04 Tsunami donor conference likely for next week: Powell
WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 An international donor's conference to help victims of the Asian tsunami disaster is being organized, likely for next week, US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday in an interview with a foreign news agency. [jang.com.pk]
12.30.04 Hotline numbers posted by CNN News
This is a list of blogs that show some current, continuing activity of postings on the tsunami.
12.30.04 Command-post.org list of organizations offering tsunami relief
One of the most extensive lists with direct links is at: command-post.org. Lists of victims may be accessed from the site, including Tsunami Missing People: http://tsunamimissing.blogspot.com/. A list posted by Mathew Gow at www.phuketgazette.net lists the following websites if you are looking for a friend or relative:
This list appears to be the same list as on Netscape Online.
12.29.04 Netscape Online list of organizations offering tsunami relief
Posted at Netscape Dec. 28 "..aid agencies are accepting contributions for assistance that they or their affiliates are providing for those affected by the earthquake and tidal waves in Asia. U.S. organizations are members of InterAction, a coalition of relief, development and refugee assistance agencies." [news.channels.netscape.ca/news]
12.29.04 "Find Information about Tsunami Affected People in Sri Lanka"
Dec. 28 If you are looking for a missing person in Sri Lanka, fill out the form at http://www.findthem.lk/dataentry.htm.
12.29.04 Red Cross contact site for tsunami survivors
Reuters, Dec. 30 A Red Cross Web site to aid contact between survivors of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster and their families in the region and across the world went into service on Wednesday: http://www.icrc.org/home.nsf/home/webfamilylinks. [More>>thejakartapost.com]
12.28.04 BBC News Missing Persons Message Board
A message board that people can use to report missing persons from the Dec. 26 Sumatra tsunami, and locate them, is at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/4130565.stm
A report filed Dec. 29, 4:29pm EST by CNN tells the harrowing story of Faye Wachs who was diving with her husband, Eugene Kim, off Ko Phi Phi island in Thailand when the tsunami struck. Having lost everything, including their passports, Wachs and her husband tried to get new passports from the American consulate who was temporarily in the VIP lounge. It took the couple three hours to locate the US officials, and then the officials demanded money from them for the passport. The sea, of course, had their money, but that didn't seem to hinder the US officials from badgering them for money. They fortunately had their ATM cards, which were accepted, and they then helped other abused Americans purchase their passports. Wachs said she was impressed by the efforts of the Thai government and the International Committee for the Red Cross. [Full story, cnn.com]
BANDA ACEH, Aceh (Reuters), Dec. 30 The death toll in Indonesia's Aceh province from a quake and tsunami that struck on Sunday might reach between 50,000 and 80,000, a UN official said on Wednesday. [More>>thejakartapost.com] CNN reports 80,000 reported dead so far. [More>>cnn.com]
The nations effected by the Sumatra Tsunami discuss their lack of a warning system and the need to set up one [Full story, cnn.com]
The tsunami that struck Sumatra did not have a monitoring system in place like that provided by the US government for its Pacific coast. The Pacific ocean off the western United States is monitored by buoys that can be checked out by anyone.
HONOLULU, Hawaii (DPA), Dec. 29 Waves unleashed by a devastating 9.0-magnitude undersea earthquake in the Indian Ocean have increased sea levels in Pacific Ocean ports, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu said in an advisory Monday. The tsunami, which struck on Sunday morning with a devastating effect on Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Indonesia, produced "minor sea level fluctuations at many places in the Pacific," the center said.
To view Sri Lanka as it is being hit by the 12.26.04 tsunami, click here, globalsecurity.com.
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) , Dec 28, 3:48 PM EST Andi Djatmiko reports: Mourners in Sri Lanka used their bare hands to dig graves Tuesday while hungry islanders in Indonesia turned to looting in the aftermath of Asia's devastating tsunamis. Thousands more bodies were found in Indonesia, dramatically increasing the death toll across 11 nations to more than 52,000.
Reports stated that a wall of water as high as 35 feet triggered by the underground earthquake swept into Indonesia and across the ocean to Sri Lanka, Thailand and India.
US scientists measured the earthquake at a magnitude of 9.0 on the Richter scale making it the most powerful in 40 years in Sri Lanka and the deadliest since 1990. Meanwhile Tamil Net said that the death toll in the North East region alone could be more than 6000. [More>>Sri Lanka Daily News]
BANDA ACEH, Aceh, Sumatra (AFP), Dec. 29 Indonesia reports a death toll of about 21,000. The rotting corpses of quake victims piled up Tuesday on Indonesia's Sumatra island where at least 21,000 were dead and more lives were threatened by the possibility of disease outbreaks. There were apocalyptic scenes in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh where the stench of death hung over the rubble of demolished houses as survivors from Sunday's earthquake and tsunami struggled to dig graves in tropical heat.
Thailand reports that the confirmed death toll from Sunday's tidal waves rose to 918. However, Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra expected the death toll to climb further. He estimated the number of dead could rise past 2,000 judging from the vast number still missing... Presumed among the dead is the king's grandson, Khun Poom Jensen, the only son of Princess Ubolratana, who went missing when a gigantic wave hit his resort hotel at Khao Lak in Phangnga's Takua Pa district on Sunday. Rescue workers have still to find thousands of missing people that may be buried under the mud on the muddy beaches of the Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park, one of the hardest-hit areas.
Somalia suffered the worst damage in Africa. "The death toll is 38," an official of the regional Puntland government told Reuters in Mogadishu without elaborating. "We have received the first field reports coming in OCHA field officers, aid agencies and the local administration in Puntland. Local reports, as yet unverified, have given a very provisional figure of 62 deaths, mostly in fishing villages and settlements along the coasts," he told Reuters. [Reuters via banadir.com (Somalia)]
The tsunami killed 7,500 in India, possibly 9,500. The Press Trust of India reports that Tamil Nadu and the Andamans, the worst hit in India accounted for 4,500 and 3,000 deaths respectively in the devastation caused by the monstrous tidal waves triggered by the earthquake off the Sumatra coast in the northern tip of Indonesia on Sunday. In Kerala 148 people lost their lives while 96 died in Andhra Pradesh as the tidal waves ravaged the coastal parts of India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and the Maldives washing away entire villages and causing huge destruction. [More>>Press Trust of India].
The Hindustani Times reports 9,500 dead in India: Survivors in seven countries on the shores of the Indian Ocean scrabbled frantically through debris and devastation for their loved ones on Tuesday as the death toll climbed inexorably towards 40,000.
Pakistan's jang.com.pk reports The confirmed death toll from the massive earthquake and tidal waves that devastated much of Asia's coastline passed 60,000 Tuesday, with officials warning the figure was likely to rise steeply. In Indonesia, the government's disaster relief centre said at least 27,174 were killed after the country took the full force of the huge earthquake and tidal waves that swallowed entire coastal villages. In Sri Lanka 17,800 people, including at least 70 foreigners, were killed in Sunday's disaster.
Dec. 27 Update Tsunami toll 25,000; 7,000 in India. Rescuers piled up bodies along southern Asian coastlines devastated by tidal waves that obliterated seaside towns and killed about 25,000 people in nine countries, and officials indicated on Monday that the death toll could climb far higher. Hundreds of children were buried in mass graves in India, and morgues and hospitals struggled to cope with the catastrophe. Somalia, some 4,800 km away, reported hundreds of deaths.
Dec. 25 Tsunamis slammed into the shores opposite the center of a 8.9 magnitude earthquake that is reported to have taken 10,000+ lives in South and East Asia, 3,200 in India alone 1,725 people losing their lives in the state and Andaman and Nicobar, closest to the Sumatra coast. The epicentre of the 8.9 magnitude quake on the Richter Scale, was also equally badly hit accounting for 1,000 deaths and suffering extensive damage. About 5,500 people, including 3,000 in Sri Lanka alone, perished as the tidal waves battered the coasts of Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and the Maldives [More>>Press Trust of India]. 99 dead 1,300 injured in South Thailand. [More>>inq7.net]
The largest quake in 40 years left a trail of death and destruction in South and South East Asia killing over 6,500 people. Over 5,500 people, including 3,000 in Sri Lanka alone, lost their lives as the 8.9 magnitude undersea earthquake with epicenter off the Sumatra coast hit the region at around 0628 IST battering the coasts of Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Maldives. Earlier, at least 3,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka, 408 in Indonesia, 300 in Thailand and 25 in Malaysia as tsunami waves lashed the coastal regions in these nations. [More>>hindustantimes via Press Trust of India]
In India Over eighteen hundred people have been killed in tidal waves in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Andamand and Nicobar Islands (Tamil Nadu at 800, Andhra Pradesh at 200, Kerala 40 and Andaman and Nicobar Island at 14 [More>>Press Trust of India]). Tamil Nadu was the "worst affected" with possibly over 1500 people killed, Home Minister Shivraj Patil said on Sunday in New Delhi after a meeting of the Crisis Management Group (CMG). In Andhra Pradesh, over 200 people were feared killed, he said. [More>>hindustanitimes via Press Trust of India]
According to the IMGB, the center of the quake was in Molabo, Aceh, the country's westernmost province, at 3.6 degrees of North latitude and 96.28 degrees of east longitude [More>>Xinhuanet]
12.14.04 Demonstrations planned against Saudi monarchy
Anti-monarchy protest marches planned for Riyadh and Jedda are expected to draw tens of thousands of supporters, according to their Saudi dissident organiser. Saad al-Faqih told Aljazeera.net on Tuesday that his radio stations that reach over two thirds of the Saudi population - have been preparing for the demonstrations for over six weeks. "The Saudi regime is unreformable. This event will involve a series of civil activities whose purpose is clear to remove the current regime," al-Faqih told Aljazeera.net. [More>>Al-Jezeera]
US DEBT & ECONOMICS
12.25.04 Governors fear Bush is cutting off Medicaid
12.25.04 Army historian says invasion of Iraq had mediocre planning
PALESTINE AND KASHMIR SOLUTION
12.23.04 Palestinians vote for first time in 30 years
IRAN & SYRIA
12.25.04 Rafsanjani lashes out at Iran's critics in Iraq
12.25.04 Iraq invites Russian help
12.24.04 Iraqi Prime Minister Hoshiar al-Zibari visits China
EUROPEAN UNION VERSUS UNITED STATES
12.25.04 New York art collector looting Pakistan
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