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2006-01-05 01:01:12

LHOKSEUMAWE, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia finally withdrew its last police reinforcements from Aceh province on Thursday under a landmark peace deal after problems finding ships to return them to their home bases. The withdrawal marked the final stage in a pullout of tens of thousands of Indonesian soldiers and police reinforcements from Aceh under the peace agreement between rebels and government forces. On Thursday, 2,150 policemen jostled to board a warship in the port city of...

2005-12-31 06:17:10

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Transport problems have delayed until early next week the withdrawal of Indonesia's last police reinforcements from Aceh province, the final stage in a pullout of tens of thousands of soldiers and police under a landmark peace deal, police said. The contingent, which had been due to leave on Saturday, was likely to leave on Monday because of problems getting a vessel to ship them home. The peace agreement was spurred by the devastation of the Indian Ocean tsunami...

2005-12-29 01:06:08

LHOKSEUMAWE, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's military pulled the last of its troop reinforcements from Aceh province on Thursday, fulfilling one of the major conditions of a landmark peace agreement with separatist rebels. The withdrawal of 2,500 soldiers on Thursday comes after the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) disbanded its military wing this week. The Finnish-mediated pact ended one of Asia's longest running wars. It was signed in August after talks between the two sides accelerated...

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2005-12-26 15:37:37

ESA -- The deadly Indian Ocean tsunami that swept across coastlines on December 26, 2004 took the lives of more than 200,000 people. The sheer scale of the catastrophe meant that Earth Observation was vital both for damage assessment and for co-ordinating emergency activities. Through the year that followed, satellite-based maps from ESA's Respond consortium continued to support rebuilding efforts. Space-based assistance is being provided through Global Monitoring for...

2005-12-26 10:13:09

By Tomi Soetjipto BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Mourners from across the world wept, prayed and observed moments of silence along ravaged Indian Ocean coastlines on Monday to remember those killed by one of nature's deadliest disasters. A year after the Indian Ocean tsunami, a huge recovery operation has brought hope to hundreds of thousands of survivors. But the sorrow, pain and trauma remain strong -- along with fears that monster waves could come again. "We think about the...

2005-12-26 10:10:00

By Tomi Soetjipto BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Mourners from across the world wept, prayed and observed moments of silence along ravaged Indian Ocean coastlines on Monday to remember those killed by one of nature's deadliest disasters. A year after the Indian Ocean tsunami, a huge recovery operation has brought hope to hundreds of thousands of survivors. But the sorrow, pain and trauma remain strong -- along with fears that monster waves could come again. "We think about the lost lives,...

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2005-12-26 08:30:00

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- Beside gentle seas, survivors, friends and family remembered the fury of the Indian Ocean tsunami that swept away more than 200,000 people in 12 countries one year ago Monday and laid waste to entire communities in one of the worst natural disasters in memory. On Thailand's Patong beach, a man sat weeping in the sand before a gently lapping sea, a bouquet of white roses in front of him. He was among hundreds of Westerners survivors, relatives and friends of the dead...

2005-12-26 03:49:05

By Tomi Soetjipto ULEE LHEUE, Indonesia (Reuters) - Yasrati's 13-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son have been missing since the tsunami swept across her village in the Indonesian province of Aceh, yet she clings to the hope they somehow survived. As mourners across the world gathered along ravaged Indian Ocean coastlines on Monday to remember some 230,000 people dead or missing in the tsunami, Yasrati, 38, placed an advertisement in a local paper in search of her missing children....

2005-12-26 00:50:00

By Tomi Soetjipto BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- Mourners across the world gathered on Monday along ravaged Indian Ocean coastlines on Monday to remember thousands who died in last year's tsunami. A year on, a huge recovery operation has brought hope to hundreds of thousands living in temporary shelters. But the sorrow and pain from one of nature's most ferocious episodes remains strong -- along with fears that monster waves could come again. "We think about the lost lives, lost property and lost...

2005-12-26 00:30:00

By Tomi Soetjipto BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Mourners across the world gathered on Monday along ravaged Indian Ocean coastlines to remember more than 231,000 people who died in last year's tsunami. A year on, a huge reconstruction operation has brought hope to hundreds of thousands living in temporary shelters, but the sorrow and pain from one of nature's most ferocious episodes remains strong -- and fears that monster waves could come again. "We think about the lost lives, lost...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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