December 27, 2004

Tsunami States Hasten to Provide Aid, Beat Disease

Indian Ocean nations from Indonesia to Sri Lanka struggled on Tuesday to find and bury their dead and get water and other emergency supplies to survivors of a tsunami that killed more than 23,200 people.

Yushchenko Certain Victor in Ukraine Election

West-leaning opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko looked certain on Monday to become Ukraine's next president, but his opponent, the prime minister, refused to concede defeat in the bitterly fought contest.

Voice on Tape Is Likely Bin Laden's

U.S. intelligence officials have concluded an audiotape on which Osama bin Laden urges Iraqis to boycott January's elections is likely genuine, an official said on Monday.

U.S. to Probe Airlines' Customer Service Promises

U.S. airlines, after a Christmas weekend that snarled thousands of travelers' holiday plans, will face a government review of whether they are living up to customer service commitments made five years ago.

'Bin Laden' Endorses Islamist War on Iraq Vote

Osama bin Laden apparently urged Iraqis to boycott U.S.-backed elections, endorsing Sunni Muslim insurgents on the day a senior Shi'ite leader survived a car bombing and the top Sunni party pulled out of next month's vote.

U.S. Says Militants Lurk in Horn of Africa

Militant groups including al Qaeda are exploiting lawless areas in the seven-nation Horn of Africa region to hide, recruit and train members and possibly plan attacks, the head of the region's U.S.-led anti-terror force said Monday.

U.S. to Pledge $15 Million for Tsunami Aid

The United States expects to provide an initial $15 million in aid for victims of a devastating tsunami in Asia and has already released $400,000, a top U.S. aid official said on Monday.

U.S. Honeymooners Survive Tsunami on Thai Island

William Robins vowed Monday to change his life forever after the professional golfer from California and his new bride, Amanda, narrowly escaped death in the grip of a tsunami.

Comedian George Carlin Enters Rehab Program

Comedian George Carlin, who became a counter-culture hero in the 1970s with routines about drugs and dirty words, said on Monday he was voluntarily entering a drug and alcohol treatment program.

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