Ten Years After: Unclaimed Personal Items from Tsunami’s Victims

With the bodies of almost 400 victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami still unidentified a decade on, Thai police were holding out little hope of gleaning any new information from opening a cargo container packed with unclaimed personal items. Watches, chunky gold necklaces with Buddhist amulets, an Egyptian souvenir coin purse, and a wad of $1,800 in cash were pulled from tattered cardboard boxes and police evidence bags stashed in the container that has not been opened since 2011.

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Source: The Telegraph

Nagoya Castle is seen covered with snow in Nagoya, central Japan on December 18, 2014. Japan’s Meteorological Agency called on people to exercise more caution after three people died across the nation as a low pressure system dumped heavy snows and triggered a tidal surge flood in other parts.

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Factbox on Dutch speedskater Ireen Wust, who was named Reuters Sports Women of the Year for 2014.

Born on April 1 1986 in Goirle, in the south of the Netherlands. Wust began skating at age 11 and showed her Olympic potential in the youths ranks by winning the world junior title in Finland in 2005.

She made her Netherlands debut in 2005 and moved to the Dutch speedskating capital of Heerenveen to hone her talents.


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Andreas Schockenhoff, a deputy parliamentary floor leader for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party, died unexpectedly on Saturday at the age of 57.

A former point-man for the German government on relations with Russia, Schockenhoff was an outspoken proponent of tough sanctions against Russia after its annexation of Crimea.

My money says Putin is behind his death. Karma is a bitch and she coming for Putin next year.