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Tsunami travel time map for the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Graphic credit: NOAA.
Tsunami travel time map for the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Graphic credit: NOAA.


Ten Years After Indian Ocean Tsunami: Walking Last Mile Together On Early Warning – OpEd

By Dr Shamshad Akhtar with Ministers from India, Indonesia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand* On 26 December 2004, the world experienced one of the deadliest natural disasters ever recorded. A 9.1 magnitude earthquake off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, triggered a massive tsunami that directly affected fourteen countries in Asia and Africa. The […]

Pope Francis. Photo by Jeffrey Bruno, Wikipedia Commons.
Pope Francis. Photo by Jeffrey Bruno, Wikipedia Commons.


Sri Lanka: Candidates Promise No Election Violence During Pope’s Visit

Church officials say they have received vows from the opposition candidate and the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa that the results of next month’s presidential election will be accepted without protests or post-election violence. “Both [opposition and incumbent] candidates assured the bishops that they can control election violence before and after the election,” said Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith […]

European Union flag
European Union flag


EU Leaders Skip Second Day Of Summit And Escape Protests

(EurActiv) — EU leaders finished their summit in the early hours of 19 December, avoiding major protests that have completely blocked the centre of Brussels Friday. During the night, convoys of tractors from Walloon neighbourhoods reached the centre of Brussels. The European quarters around the flagship monuments of the Council and the Commission were completely […]