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Searing scene: An aerial photograph taken on Jan 6, 2005, showing the scope of destruction at Banda Aceh after the Dec 26 tsunami. — CHUA KOK HWA/The Star

Remembering Tsunami 2004: ‘I wanted to know’

18 December 2014

The Star’s WONG CHUN WAI was among the first foreign newsmen to arrive in tsunami-ravaged Aceh. This is his original report, updated and with a fresh perspective to mark the 10th anniversary of the tragedy.

Children of Landskap Malaysia representatives taking a pledge with Abdullah on preserving nature during the launch.

Pictorial showcase of M’sian rainforests

18 December 2014

BINDING together efforts and evidence of Malaysia’s lush natural magnificence, a coffeetable book titled Pusaka Akar aims to inspire Malaysians in conserving the country’s national heritage.

KEMAMAN 17 DEC 2014: Villages waiting outside their house after flood water start raising up at Kg Tebak, Kemaman due to non stop heavy rains since yesterday.(STAND ALONE PIX)zabidi tusin/the star/kuala terengganu

A five-fold rise in disaster victims

18 December 2014

GOMBAK: More than half a million Malaysians were affected by disasters in the past 10 years, according to the World Disasters Report 2014.

Event fund: Suy (second left) handing the RM20,000 cheque to Boulevard function and marketing executive May Chong (centre) for the Boulevard 2015 Countdown Convert Party.

Fascinating plants sold to raise funds for charity

17 December 2014

KUCHING: Naim Holdings Bhd is selling rare lithops plants (left) at its Kuching Sales Gallery raising funds for charity.

Birds of a genome: Everyone adores doves (especially John Woo); flamingos get nightclubs named after them; while the poor grebe gets very litte love – but all three sit on the same branch of the avian family tree. — Filepics; grebe photo: Wikimedia Commons/katsam

Odd couples emerge in bird family tree

17 December 2014

Unusual discoveries come to light from largest ever mapping of avian genomes.

Not a smooth ride: Chen (second from right) showing the potholes and uneven surface at the Bakar Batu exit along the along the EDL.

EDL riddled with potholes

17 December 2014

JOHOR BARU: The government should justify the toll collection at the Causeway by providing better maintenance service roads and facilities along the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL).

NSC: Farmers encroaching on 7,000ha of state land

17 December 2014

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Some 7,000ha of state land here have been identified as having been encroached by farmers.

Killer weed found at Kampung Tunku cemeteries

16 December 2014

PETALING JAYA: The invasive weed species Parthenium hysterophorus –commonly known as congress grass or Santa Maria feverfew – has been found here.

Stormy situation: A family removing personal belongings from their home at Kampung Bukit Kolam after it became  inundated. — Bernama

Terengganu hit by floods again

16 December 2014

KUALA TERENGGANU: The floods have returned to Terengganu, with waters said to be “rising really fast”.

Weather hampers search for two teens

16 December 2014

KUALA TERENGGANU: Search and rescue operations for two teenagers who are feared drowned in separate cases in Terengganu have been hampered by bad weather conditions.

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