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Nation 07 Jan 2004 | 12:00 AM

Doc: It’s punishment from God

b>Joseph Raj reporting from Iran./b>

Nation 06 Jan 2004 | 12:00 AM

Desperate cries for help greet student

Desperate cries of 'Help me, help me' greeted university student Peyman Majidzadeh when he arrived at this devastated ancient Silk Road city on the morning of Dec 27, a day after the earthquake.

Nation 05 Jan 2004 | 12:00 AM

Enough pain to last a lifetime, says volunteer

Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) volunteer Nasir Khan Abdul Rahman spent the last two days of 2003 in earthquake-devastated Bam and said he had seen enough suffering there to last him a lifetime.

Nation 04 Jan 2004 | 12:00 AM

New taxes to affect car prices

Compiled by WONG LI ZA: Dec 28 -Jan 3.

Nation 03 Jan 2004 | 12:00 AM

Showering the quake victims with kindness

It is often said that one's true nature is revealed during moments of adversity. For the people of Iran, such a moment was the earthquake that levelled 80% of the ancient city of Bam on Dec 26 and left some 30,000 dead. The outpouring of grief was evident in people from all walks of life.

AseanPlus News 29 Dec 2003 | 12:00 AM

Toxic fume evacuees wait to go home

B>DUNHAO (China):/BSitting in their temporary shelter in a government office, Xiong Qimei hugged her two sons and waited anxiously for word that they could return to their village after crews sealed a gas well in China's south-west that spewed toxic fumes and killed at least 198 people.

AseanPlus News 28 Dec 2003 | 12:00 AM

Toxic gas survivors recall escape from disaster area

B>CHONGQING: /B>Villagers were preparing for sleep when the gas well burst with a bang. Then came choking fumes. Families dashed out of their homes in terror, struggling to breathe in the searing cloud.

Nation 28 Dec 2003 | 12:00 AM

Ruling on cosmetics labelling

Dec 21 to Dec 27: Compiled by K.S. USHA DEVI

AseanPlus News 27 Dec 2003 | 12:00 AM

Rescuers scour ‘death zone’

B>CHONGQING (China):/BRescue teams yesterday fanned out across a mountainous region of southwest China turned into a 'death zone' by a massive explosion at a natural gas field which has so far claimed 191 lives.

AseanPlus News 24 Dec 2003 | 12:00 AM

300 dead or missing in Philippine disasters

B>MANILA:/BThirty-seven people were rescued from stormy seas off the Philippines but more than 300 others were dead or missing after a spate of landslides, floods and accidents caused by bad weather, officials said yesterday.