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2005-12-27 07:15:07

By Darren Schuettler PHUKET, Thailand (Reuters) - In the chaos after Asia's killer tsunami, a volunteer Israeli doctor and a badly injured survivor fell in love. A year later, Israeli-born businessman Ron Bombiger held Dr. Dorit Nitzan's hand and proposed on Tuesday in the Phuket hospital room where they first met. "Dori, in front of all these people, will you marry me?," asked Bombiger, 49, as beaming nurses looked on in the room adorned with red roses and petals on the bed in the...

2005-12-27 01:14:50

By Ed Cropley KOH PHI PHI, Thailand (Reuters) - Even as the mourners were placing flowers on the beach in memory of loved ones lost in the tsunami, Koh Phi Phi was welcoming fresh boatloads of its lifeblood -- tourists and beer. A year ago, in the immediate aftermath of the December 26 disaster, the Thai island famed as the backdrop to cult backpacker movie "The Beach" was written off as "Paradise Lost." Around 700 people had been killed and most of the tiny, jungle-clad outcrop's...

2005-12-27 01:10:00

By Ed Cropley KOH PHI PHI, Thailand -- Even as the mourners were placing flowers on the beach in memory of loved ones lost in the tsunami, Koh Phi Phi was welcoming fresh boatloads of its lifeblood -- tourists and beer. A year ago, in the immediate aftermath of the December 26 disaster, the Thai island famed as the backdrop to cult backpacker movie "The Beach" was written off as "Paradise Lost." Around 700 people had been killed and most of the tiny, jungle-clad outcrop's homes, guesthouses...

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,...

2005-12-26 02:35:00

By Ed Cropley KOH PHI PHI, Thailand -- One by one, two by two, they moved to the edge of the beach, sat down and stared silently at the sea that killed their loved ones. Tears rolled down cheeks as memories of those killed by the tsunami on the once paradise Thai island of Phi Phi overflowed from eyes fixed on the azure waters of the bay from where the giant waves came. Memories, said relatives on the backpacker island where 700 people died a year ago on Monday, which will never go away....

2005-12-25 13:04:04

By Darren Schuettler PHUKET, Thailand (Reuters) - Pigge Werkelin had to come back. Steve Fitzgerald wants to be as far away as possible. On the eve of the Asian tsunami's anniversary, the grief felt by many survivors or relatives was too strong for them to return for memorial events in Thailand, where 5,395 died on its beaches, including 2,092 foreigners. But others, although still haunted by the tragedy, say being here will help them to cope on Monday. "I think you need to come...

2005-12-25 03:01:58

By Darren Schuettler BAN NAM KHEM, Thailand (Reuters) - Thailand's tsunami Christians celebrated their first Christmas on Sunday with folk songs, prayers and tears for loved ones killed in the disaster nearly one year ago. "Merry Christmas, na krab!," James Garwood, a backpacker-turned-missionary, told 30 worshippers, most of them new converts since the tsunami nearly wiped out their fishing village, Ban Nam Khem, on Dec 26. "We are here to just celebrate Jesus. To worship Jesus. To...

2005-12-25 02:30:00

By Darren Schuettler KHAO LAK, Thailand -- Simple Buddhist ceremonies marked Christmas Day in Thailand's tsunami zone on Sunday as relatives of victims remembered their loved ones on the eve of the Indian Ocean disaster's first anniversary. "I will have to die before I can forget," said 80-year-old Thai Sorjia Aiawsakul, who lost her son, daughter-in-law and niece in the December 26 tragedy, which killed an estimated 231,000 people in Asia and Africa. Thailand's official death toll stands at...


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out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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