Sendong’s death toll surges to 1,080; 1,079 still missing

December 23, 2011 12:40 pm· 1 Comment 

By Ben Cal

MANILA, Dec. 23 — The death toll of tropical storm “Sendong” (international code name Washi), rose to 1,080 and counting as of 6 a.m. Friday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). Wilmer Fabilla of NDRRMC told the Philippines News Agency that still missing are 1,079 persons.

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Indonesia extends US$ 500,000 in relief aid for Philippine flood victims

December 23, 2011 12:39 pm· Comments Off on Indonesia extends US$ 500,000 in relief aid for Philippine flood victims 

JAKARTA, Dec. 23 — The Indonesian government has provided US$ 500,000 in relief aid to the Philippines for flash flood victims in the neighboring country's south, Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Agung Laksono said.

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Kim's death could be 'watershed moment' for Korea — British envoy

December 23, 2011 12:38 pm· Comments Off on Kim's death could be 'watershed moment' for Korea — British envoy 

SEOUL, Dec. 23 — The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il could be a turning point for Korea and the wider region, depending on the policies of Pyongyang's new leadership, the British ambassador to Seoul said.

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Kim Pyong-il shed tears over Kim's death

December 23, 2011 12:38 pm· Comments Off on Kim Pyong-il shed tears over Kim's death 

WARSAW, Dec. 23 — Kim Pyong-il, the North Korean ambassador to Poland, is deeply grieving the death of his half brother and the socialist country's leader Kim Jong-il, an embassy official said Friday.

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UN works "as one" in response to situation in Libya, Somalia — UNGA president

December 23, 2011 12:38 pm· Comments Off on UN works "as one" in response to situation in Libya, Somalia — UNGA president 

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 23 — UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser on Thursday said that the United Nations works "as one" in response to situation in Libya and Somalia, and he believes that "mediation remains key to the settlement of disputes in the world."

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U.S. stance on new NK leader still uncertain

December 23, 2011 12:15 pm· Comments Off on U.S. stance on new NK leader still uncertain 

By Lee Chi-dong

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 — Although North Korea has already announced its new leader, many raise a hypothetical question — if the U.S. holds summit talks with North Korea, who will be President Barack Obama's counterpart?

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EU to boost aid to Yemen's political transition

December 23, 2011 12:05 pm· Comments Off on EU to boost aid to Yemen's political transition 

SANAA, Dec. 23 — The European Union will boost support to Yemen's political transition based on a Gulf-brokered power transfer deal, Yemen's state Saba news agency reported Thursday.

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Civil servants released from emergency standby order

December 23, 2011 12:04 pm· Comments Off on Civil servants released from emergency standby order 

SEOUL, Dec. 23 — South Korea's government on Friday lifted an emergency standby order issued for all government officials after the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il because of concerns it could dampen domestic demand.

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Poaching, human activities endanger Mongolian gazelle

December 23, 2011 12:02 pm· Comments Off on Poaching, human activities endanger Mongolian gazelle 

ULAN BATOR, Dec. 23 — About 100,000 Mongolian gazelle, about 10 percent of the animal's total population, are killed annually by poachers, local media reported Thursday.

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M5.8 tremor hits New Zealand's Christchurch

December 23, 2011 12:02 pm· Comments Off on M5.8 tremor hits New Zealand's Christchurch 

WELLINGTON, Dec. 23 — A 5.8 magnitude earthquake measured on the Richter scale hit New Zealand's South Island city of Christchurch on Friday, according to government seismologists.

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