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'We can't be afraid': Rebuilding in Indonesia's tsunami zone leaves city in peril

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia/NEW YORK (Reuters) - When 12-meter (39 ft) waves slammed into Banda Aceh on the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra island on Boxing Day in 2004, Arif Munandar lost his wife, three sons, and 20 other members of his family as much of the city was obliterated.

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Magnitude 5.0 earthquake hits southwestern Iran - ISNA, USGS

GENEVA (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck southwest Iran on Sunday, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

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Aceh tsunami survivor hopes next generation will learn lessons

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Armilla Yanti was returning from her regular Sunday trip to the market in this Indonesian city when a towering tsunami wave crashed ashore. She and her parents survived, but her two sisters were killed on that fateful day on Dec. 26, 2004.Fifteen years on, she frequently relives the traumatic events when recounting her story to visitors at the Aceh Tsunami Museum, where she works as a guide.

Philippines

Robredo defers drug war report amid quakes

MANILA: Vice-President Leni Robredo has deferred publicising her drug war report, in deference to the relief operations being done by the government for victims of the Davao del Sur earthquakes.Robredo said this yesterday at a press conference where she was expected to release her report and recommendations on the drug war.