December 31, 2004

White Roses, Candles Bring in Solemn New Year

People held candles and white roses on the tsunami-hit island of Phuket, tearfully embracing as they grieved, in a poignant symbol of the mood which darkened New Year celebrations across the globe.

Tsunami Toll, Feared at 150,000, Dims New Year

A legion of ships and planes delivered aid to millions of Asian tsunami survivors on Saturday as New Year celebrations around the world paused to mourn victims of one of the worst disasters in living memory.

Bush Raises Tsunami Aid Tenfold to $350 Million

President Bush, under pressure over the pace and scale of American aid to Asian tsunami victims, abruptly raised the U.S. contribution to $350 million on Friday, 10 times the amount pledged just two days ago.

Buenos Aires Rock Club Inferno Claims 175 Lives

A flare thrown from the audience ignited a packed Buenos Aires rock club where locked exit doors trapped young New Year's revelers in smoke and flames, killing 175 people, officials said on Friday.

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