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Indonesia Tsunami Death Toll Rises To 429

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Indonesia Tsunami Death Toll Rises To 429

The Indonesian tsunami has claimed at least 429 lives so far. The disaster was caused by the side of a volcano that slipped into the ocean over the weekend.

Relief operations have continued for thousands of victims, including many who have been rendered homeless. The latest tsunami followed one triggered by a quake that struck just three months ago on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island.  An estimated 2100 persons were killed in that one.

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Indonesian authorities warned on Wednesday the continued volcanic eruption there could trigger additional tsunami.

Head of Indonesia’s Meteorology, Geophysics and Climatology agency, Dwikorita Karnawati, says eruptions, high waves, and heavy rain were possible on wednesday.

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A Singapore newspaper reported that a fresh volcanic eruption at the Anak Krakatau had sent residents fleeing from coast line areas.

Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, has promised a new early warning system by next year. The current system is reported to have broken down since 2012.

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Thailand To Hold First Elections After Military Rule

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Thailand To hold Elections In March After Military Rule

Thailand says it will finally hold elections in march after more than four years of military rule.

The poll will be the first since generals ousted a democratically elected government in 2014 after months of violent street protests.

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The election commission announced the decision on Wednesday after having postponed the vote’s date several times.

In December the commission said the elections would be held in Febuary, but the military government expressed concern that election-related events would clash with early preparations for the coronation of King Maha scheduled for May.

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The monarchy is revered in Thailand, and this year’s coronation will be the first in living memory for most of the population.

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U.S. Senate Plans To End Partial Shutdown

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U.S. Senate Plans To End Shutdown

The U.S. Senate is on the path to resolving a partial shutdown that has lasted for a month now, but there was no sign of relief anytime soon for 800,000 federal workers who are working without pay.

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Republican senate majority leader Mitch Mcconnell laid the groundwork for a vote on Thursday on a proposal by Democrats to fund the government for three weeks, but without attaching the 5 billion dollars president Donald Trump is demanding for U.S.-Mexico border wall.

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The president has opposed similar legislation.

The senate leader said he would also bring up for a Thursday vote, a proposal by trump to end the shutdown that includes border wall funding and relief for “dreamers,” people brought illegally to the united states as children.

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France Extradites CAR Football Official Wanted By ICC

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France Extradites CAR Football Official Wanted By ICC

France has extradited to the Hague, a senior Central African Republic football official wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes committed in the C.A.R.

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A committee member of the Confederation of African Football  Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona, was arrested in Paris last month for coordinating attacks on Muslims in his country. He has denied the allegations.

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Patrice had declared himself political co-ordinator of the Christian anti-Balaka militia. The group has been blamed for hundreds of killings.  The ICC says Patrice was responsible for murder, torture and the recruitment of child soldiers.

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