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Zainal Abidin threw himself on the ground in front of the Indonesian soldier and challenged him to shoot.
They lost family members, sometimes even whole families, and now students at the Ulee Titi religious school have to endure the stench coming from mass graves.
Millions of people on Indian Ocean shores scrambled for food and clean water yesterday, as disease, thirst, hunger and panic threatened survivors of the most devastating tsunami on record.
The final death toll from Thailand's tsunami disaster could approach 6,800, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra suggested yesterday as Western diplomats and Thais scrambled to trace thousands of missing people.
Relief workers raced yesterday to bury decaying corpses amid fears of disease as the death toll in India from Sunday's tsunami climbed above 9,000 and kept rising.
A desperate fight for life was under way in Indonesia yesterday as survivors of a gigantic earthquake and killer waves scrabbled for food among mud and corpses while the death toll shot past 36,000.
Aid agencies struggled yesterday to cope with the enormity of the Asian tsunami disaster which has killed more than 28,000, with the International Red Cross saying it may have to treble its appeal for funds.
Hundreds of Indian Hindus scattered flower petals at sea and sacrificed chickens yesterday to pray for the safe return of those carried away in a tsunami as strong aftershocks hit some areas.
B>CAIRO:/BIraqi Governing Council member Mouafaq al-Rubayi claimed that former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein swore at him and three other IGC members when met on Sunday, the London-based I>al-Hayat /I>newspaper reported yesterday.
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