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2005-12-25 23:26:55

By Tomi Soetjipto BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Mourners across the world gathered on Monday along ravaged Indian Ocean coastlines on Monday 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...

2005-12-25 21:45:29

By Tomi Soetjipto BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Countries around the Indian Ocean hold ceremonies on Monday to remember the many thousands who died in last year's tsunami, one of the deadliest disasters in modern history. A year on, a huge reconstruction operation has brought hope but the pain of losing loved ones is still raw, some survivors say. The affected nations will mark the event with mass prayers, moments of silence and visits to the graves of the dead. In one of the...

2005-12-24 17:32:58

By Darren Schuettler PHUKET, Thailand (Reuters) - Tsunami survivors and relatives of the dead laid wreaths and prayed on the Thai island of Phuket on Saturday as they began marking the first anniversary of the disaster. About 150 Norwegians gathered for a garden church service near Kata Beach to honor the 84 nationals who died when the tsunami struck Thailand's Andaman Sea coastline last year, killing 5,395. "Thailand is a warm country, sunshine, palm trees. But for some people it...

2005-12-24 09:49:19

By Darren Schuettler PHUKET, Thailand (Reuters) - Tsunami survivors and relatives of the dead laid wreaths and prayed on the Thai island of Phuket on Saturday as they began marking the first anniversary of the disaster. About 150 Norwegians gathered for a garden church service near Kata Beach to honor the 84 nationals who died when the tsunami struck Thailand's Andaman Sea coastline last year, killing 5,395. "Thailand is a warm country, sunshine, palm trees. But for some people it...

2005-12-22 22:36:06

By Tomi Soetjipto BANDA ACEH (Reuters) - An Indonesian boy, found wandering delirious on a beach in ruined Aceh province three weeks after last December's tsunami, made headlines around the world with his miraculous story of survival. Now eight-year-old Martunis, who was rescued wearing the red and green jersey of the Portuguese national soccer team, may be poised to make his film debut. "Yes, in a movie about a football player!" Martunis said when asked if he wanted to act in a...

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2005-12-22 02:45:00

By Dean Yates LEUPUNG, Indonesia -- Abdul Malik usually sleeps late. With no job and a solitary goat his only asset, there is not much else to do in the Aceh town of Leupung where he lives in a wooden shelter for victims of the December 26 tsunami. Like hundreds of thousands of other survivors of the tsunami in Asia who lost everything in one of modern history's worst natural calamities, the former handphone seller is desperate for work or a small business loan to get back on his feet. To...

2005-12-21 05:05:18

By Tarmizy Harva BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - The last of hundreds of weapons handed in by former separatist rebels in Indonesia's Aceh were destroyed on Wednesday, fulfilling one of the most important conditions of a landmark peace agreement. An Indonesian general, a former rebel commander and the head of the Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM) used circular saws to cut up the last of 840 automatic rifles, pistols and rocket launchers collected by the monitors. The Indonesian...

2005-12-18 23:25:49

By Emma Batha LONDON (Reuters) - As the world marks the first anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, millions of people who dug into their pockets in an unprecedented outpouring of generosity will be wondering how their money has been spent. Some may be surprised to discover that 12 months on the vast majority of the 1.8 million people who lost their homes in the December 26 disaster are still in temporary accommodation. But if the pace of reconstruction has been disappointing,...

2005-12-19 00:00:00

By Emma Batha LONDON -- As the world marks the first anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, millions of people who dug into their pockets in an unprecedented outpouring of generosity will be wondering how their money has been spent. Some may be surprised to discover that 12 months on the vast majority of the 1.8 million people who lost their homes in the December 26 disaster are still in temporary accommodation. But if the pace of reconstruction has been disappointing, the initial relief...

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2005-12-15 23:55:00

By Bill Tarrant SIGLI, Indonesia - Most of the patients at Sigli General Hospital are trauma cases, which might be expected in this coastal town in Aceh pulverized by the tsunami and caught up in conflict between the Indonesian army and Acehnese rebels. Except the trauma cases are from traffic accidents. Those have proliferated since a peace process began in August with rebels from the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), and as the impact from the December 26th tsunami recedes, Medicins Sans...