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Tsunami still pounding tourism in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, Srilanka, Jan 27 (AFP) Jan 27, 2006
The number of tourists visiting Sri Lanka dropped three percent last year as the tropical island struggled to recover from the destruction caused by a tsunami, officials said Friday.

Indonesia submits draft law on Aceh to parliament
JAKARTA, Jan 27 (AFP) Jan 27, 2006
The Indonesian government has submitted to parliament a potentially divisive bill granting Aceh province a degree of self-rule following a peace pact with separatists, a legislator said Friday.

Vilified peacemaker finds himself Sri Lanka's saviour
AMBALANGODA, Sri Lanka, Jan 27 (AFP) Jan 27, 2006
Not long after being burnt in effigy as a "terrorist supporter", Norwegian peacebroker Erik Solheim has turned Sri Lanka's saviour in the eyes of Buddhist monks who anointed him an "angel of peace".

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Contenders for UN's top job face off at Davos
DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 27 (AFP) Jan 27, 2006
Some of the contenders touted to replace UN chief Kofi Annan set out their stalls Thursday when they faced off at a debate here on the future of the world body.

Cold front continues to take its toll in Europe
WARSAW, Jan 26 (AFP) Jan 26, 2006
Europe's Arctic cold front loosened its deadly grip Thursday, but not before claiming at least 60 more lives overnight in Ukraine, Poland and half a dozen other countries battered by a week of below-freezing temperatures.

40 more die from cold in Ukraine, freeze begins to let up
KIEV, Jan 26 (AFP) Jan 26, 2006
Forty more people were reported dead as a result of cold weather in Ukraine Thursday, even as the Arctic freeze gripping the country for more than a week began to let up.

Newborns latest victims of Europe's easing Arctic cold
WARSAW, Jan 26 (AFP) Jan 26, 2006
Europe's Arctic cold front loosened its deadly grip Thursday, but not before claiming at least 60 more victims overnight in Ukraine, Poland and half-a-dozen other countries battered by a week of deep-freezer temperatures.

Cold kills three in Albania: police
TIRANA, Jan 26 (AFP) Jan 26, 2006
Three people died in Albania as temperatures dropped to minus 14 degrees Celsius (6.8 Fahrenheit) throughout the country, police said Thursday.

Swedish PM, FM to testify in tsunami crisis hearings
STOCKHOLM, Jan 26 (AFP) Jan 26, 2006
Public hearings opened in Sweden on Thursday into the government's heavily-criticized handling of the December 2004 tsunami crisis and in which Prime Minister Goeran Persson and his foreign minister are to testify.

Thousands evacuated after flooding in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines, Jan 26 (AFP) Jan 26, 2006
Thousands were displaced Thursday in the northern and southern Philippines as torrential rains triggered flash floods, disaster response officials said.

40 more dead from extreme cold in Ukraine
KIEV, Jan 26 (AFP) Jan 26, 2006
Forty people have died in Ukraine during the past 24 hours as a result of extreme cold, bringing to at least 181 the number of deaths since temperatures plunged last week, the health ministry said in a statement Thursday.

Sri Lanka peace hopes soar on ceasefire talks
COLOMBO, Jan 26 (AFP) Jan 26, 2006
Shares soared in Sri Lanka on Thursday as fears of a return to full-scale war faded after the government and Tamil Tiger rebels agreed to their first face-to-face meeting in three years.

Cold kills 10 more people in Poland, Baltic states warmer
WARSAW, Jan 26 (AFP) Jan 26, 2006
Freezing temperatures gripping Poland have killed 10 more people, bringing to 63 the number of victims of the cold spell that hit the country a week ago, police said Thursday.

Leadership after natural disaster: Musharraf's blueprint
DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 26 (AFP) Jan 26, 2006
Citing Pakistan's deadly October earthquake, President Pervez Musharraf outlined his own blueprint Thursday for leadership at times of natural disaster, with a basic message: don't panic.

Roads blocked as Turkey battles snow, icy cold
ISTANBUL, Jan 26 (AFP) Jan 26, 2006
Turkish authorities battled to open blocked roads on Thursday as heavy snow and cold winds kept a tight grip on the country, with officials forecasting more freezing weather.

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