Chris Brummitt

Chris Brummitt

Chris Brummitt

 

Bird flu may threaten Indonesia quake survivors

Chris Brummitt

Bird flu could threaten survivors of Indonesia's earthquake, an aid agency warned, after finding people whose homes were destroyed sheltering in dung-smeared chicken sheds. A strong aftershock sent panicked survivors running into the streets early on Saturday.

Sri Lankan peace deal in danger

Chris Brummitt

Mine attacks killed two navy sailors and wounded two commandos in northern Sri Lanka on Thursday in the latest in a barrage of violence that is posing the biggest danger yet to the country's four-year-old ceasefire. The bloodshed threatens to wreck a 2002 truce that ended two decades of fighting between the government and rebels.

Aceh rebels disband armed wing

Chris Brummitt

Indonesia's Aceh rebels formally disbanded their armed wing on Tuesday, fulfilling one of the most crucial elements of a tsunami-inspired peace plan to end one of Asia's longest separatist conflicts. The move paves the way for the group to transform itself into a political party.

'All I could do was pray for help'

Chris Brummitt

Masked, black-clad and brandishing machetes, the attackers sprang from behind a screen of tall grass and pounced on the four Christian girls as they walked to school. Within seconds, three of the teenagers were beheaded -- fresh victims of violence that has turned the Indonesian island of Poso into yet another front in the terrorist wars.

How many really died in the tsunami?

Chris Brummitt

One year later, officials still aren't exactly sure how many people died in the Indian Ocean tsunami, but a tally of conservative government figures puts the number of dead and missing at more than 216 000 in 11 countries. In Indonesia and Sri Lanka, different agencies within the same governments disagree about the numbers.

Two strong quakes rattle nerves in Asia

Chris Brummitt

Two magnitude-6,3 earthquakes in southern Asia struck eight hours apart on Monday, causing panic but little damage in a region still traumatised by last month's quake-triggered tsunami that killed tens of thousands. Meanwhile, the number of relief camps in Indonesia's Aceh province has dropped by about 75% in the past week.