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Monday, January 10, 2005

Michael Richardson: US and Australia hope aid will find favour with Muslims

SINGAPORE - Like huge numbers of their citizens, the leaders of the United States and Australia who attended the special summit in Jakarta last week on the tsunami disaster were moved by the scale of the tragedy.

Visiting Indonesia's Aceh province shortly before the summit, US Secretary of State Colin Powell, a former armed forces chief and veteran of several wars, said he had never seen anything like the horror caused by the earthquake and seismic waves that devastated the coastline of northern Sumatra, killing more than 100,000 people.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard said no natural disaster in his lifetime had touched Australians as much as the tsunami tragedy.

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