Photos: Latest Death Toll Soldiers Afghanistan Update

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WOOTTON BASSETT, ENGLAND, MARCH 11, 2010: Mourners react as the hearses carrying the bodies of five British soldiers killed in Afghanistan are driven along the High Street on March 11, 2010 in Wootton Bassett, England. Corporal Richard Green, Rifleman Jonathon Allott and Rifleman Liam Maughan, all from 3rd Battalion The Rifles (3 RIFLES) and Lance Corporal Tom Keogh, from 4th Battalion The Rifles, and Corporal Stephen Thompson, from 1st Battalion The Rifles, both serving as part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group were flown into nearby RAF Lyneham this morning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images).

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KHAN NESHIN, AFGHANISTAN – MARCH 11, 2010: Afghans look on as US Marines search their van March 11, 2010 in a hamlet near Khan Neshin in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Marines in the area have been assigned to help gather census data for planned Afghan government in the area, and are making visits to rural compounds to get the demographic information in their area of operations. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images).

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Photos: Afghanistan’s President Courts Iran, Germany, Britain, USA

Photos aplenty showing Afghan President all over the democratic world hobnobbing with world leaders from Iran, Germany and British.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) shakes hands with visiting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he arrives at The Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 10, 2010. Ahmadinejad said Iran does not consider the presence of foreign troops a solution for peace in Afghanistan. His visit overlaps with US Defence Secretary Robert Gates touring the country for a review of the US and NATO troop surge aimed at ending eight years of war. Photo by Parspix/ABACAPRESS.COM

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Visiting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) speaks at a joint press conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 10, 2010. Photo by Parspix/ABACAPRESS.COM

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai addresses the audience during the 46th Munich Security Conference at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich on February 7, 2010 in Munich, Germany. The 46th Munich conference on security policy ends today.

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German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (R) welcomes Afghan President Hamid Karzai during the first day of the 46th Munich Security Conference at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich on February 5, 2010 in Munich, Germany.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Afghan President Hamid Karzai depart after speaking to the media after talks at the Chancellery on January 27, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. Merkel has pledged an additional 500 German ISAF troops for Afghanistan as well as a program to help intice Taliban fighters who are willing to lay down their arms. Karzai is in Berlin ahead of the upcoming international conference on Afghanistan in London. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images).

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U.S. Senators Joseph Lieberman (C) and John McCain (R) talk to Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) during the 46th Munich Security Conference at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich on February 7, 2010 in Munich, Germany.

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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (R) shakes hands with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan in Downing Street after a breakfast meeting on January 28, 2010 in London, England. Foreign ministers from over 70 countries attended the conference, co-hosted by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Talks aims to tackle key issues on the future of Afghanistan and the gradual withdrawal of international troops from the country. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images).

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 28: Delegates including British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (C), Afghan President Hamid Karzai (CL) and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (CR) and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Second Row, CL) pose for a photograph ahead of the Afghanistan London Conference at Lancaster House on January 28, 2010 in London, England.

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks with Spain’s Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos Cuyaube before posing for a photograph ahead of the Afghanistan London Conference at Lancaster House on January 28, 2010 in London, England.

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British Foreign Secretary David Miliband waits to greet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Afghanistan London Conference at Lancaster House on January 28, 2010 in London, England.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (L) meets with President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai at the London Conference on Afghanistan in London on January 28, 2010. UPI/Embassy Photo.


Photos: America’s TV Bachelor Couple Wed Near Pacific Ocean Despite Warnings

[tweetmeme]Earlier today, despite tsunami warnings to stay away from the Pacific ocean, one of America’s reality TV couples tied the knot.

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PALOS VERDES, CALIFORNIA. Bachelor TV couple Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney are married in front of 300 guests. Mesnick, 33, and Malaney, 25, exchanged vows in an outdoor ceremony at the Terranea Resort overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes, despite evening rain and a morning tsunami warning – a result of the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Chile on Saturday. Photograph: PacificCoastNews.com. Read the rest of this entry »


LATEST TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY: All Affected Pacific Islands Issued Tsunami Warning

Issued to governments and registered news media outlets at 11.42am, Sunday, NZ Time.

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 017

PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS

ISSUED AT 2241Z 27 FEB 2010

CODE:

  • LAT – LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH)
  • LON – LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST)
  • TIME – TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME)
  • AMPL – TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL.IT IS …NOT… CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT. VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).
  • PER – PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT.

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MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY

GAUGE LOCATION        LAT   LON    TIME        AMPL         PER

——————-  —– ——  —–  —————  —–

NUKUALOFA TO         21.1S 175.2W  2024Z   0.10M /  0.3FT  62MIN

KAWAIHAE HAWAII      20.0N 155.8W  2211Z   0.52M /  1.7FT  24MIN

BARBERS PT HI        21.3N 158.1W  2140Z   0.19M /  0.6FT  76MIN

KAUMALAPAU HAWAII    20.8N 156.9W  2136Z   0.18M /  0.6FT  56MIN

KAHULUI MAUI         20.9N 156.5W  2147Z   0.98M /  3.2FT  22MIN

NAWILIWILI KAUAI     22.0N 159.4W  2151Z   0.28M /  0.9FT  44MIN

PAGO PAGO AS         14.3S 170.7W  2132Z   0.66M /  2.2FT  12MIN

MONTEREY HARBOR CA   36.6N 121.9W  2031Z   0.32M /  1.1FT  56MIN

SANTA MONICA CA      34.0N 118.5W  2035Z   0.41M /  1.4FT  32MIN

SANTA BARBARA CA     34.4N 119.7W  2029Z   0.22M /  0.7FT  48MIN

SAN DIEGO CA         32.7N 117.2W  2036Z   0.13M /  0.4FT  20MIN

APIA UPOLU WS        13.8S 171.8W  2018Z   0.16M /  0.5FT  16MIN

RAROTONGA CK         21.2S 159.8W  1907Z   0.15M /  0.5FT  24MIN

ACAPULCO MX          16.8N  99.9W  1931Z   0.62M /  2.0FT  26MIN

DART SAN DIEGO 4641  32.2N 120.7W  1931Z   0.06M /  0.2FT  24MIN

LOTTIN PT NZ         37.6S 178.2E  1934Z   0.15M /  0.5FT  10MIN

RAROTONGA CK         21.2S 159.8W  1918Z   0.32M /  1.0FT  06MIN

CABO SAN LUCAS MX    22.9N 109.9W  1833Z   0.36M /  1.2FT  12MIN

DART TONGA 51426     23.0S 168.1W  1844Z   0.04M /  0.1FT  30MIN

HIVA OA MARQUESAS     9.8S 139.0W  1741Z   1.79M /  5.9FT  12MIN

PAPEETE TAHITI       17.5S 149.6W  1810Z   0.16M /  0.5FT  10MIN

NUKU HIVA MARQUESAS   8.9S 140.1W  1745Z   0.95M /  3.1FT  04MIN

MANZANILLO MX        19.1N 104.3W  1705Z   0.32M /  1.0FT  24MIN

DART MANZANILLO 434  16.0N 107.0W  1611Z   0.07M /  0.2FT  24MIN

RIKITEA PF           23.1S 134.9W  1559Z   0.15M /  0.5FT  22MIN

DART MARQUESAS 5140   8.5S 125.0W  1531Z   0.18M /  0.6FT  18MIN

QUEPOS CR             9.4E  81.2W  1416Z   0.24M /  0.8FT  52MIN

BALTRA GALAPAGS EC    0.4S  90.3W  1452Z   0.35M /  1.2FT  14MIN

EASTER CL            27.2S 109.5W  1205Z   0.35M /  1.1FT  52MIN

ANCUD CL             41.9S  73.8W  0838Z   0.62M /  2.0FT  84MIN

CALLAO LA-PUNTA PE   12.1S  77.2W  1029Z   0.36M /  1.2FT  30MIN

ARICA CL             18.5S  70.3W  1008Z   0.94M /  3.1FT  42MIN

IQUIQUE CL           20.2S  70.1W  0907Z   0.28M /  0.9FT  68MIN

ANTOFAGASTA CL       23.2S  70.4W  0941Z   0.49M /  1.6FT  52MIN

DART LIMA 32412      18.0S  86.4W  0941Z   0.24M /  0.8FT  36MIN

CALDERA CL           27.1S  70.8W  0843Z   0.45M /  1.5FT  20MIN

TALCAHUANO CL        36.7S  73.4W  0653Z   2.34M /  7.7FT  88MIN

COQUIMBO CL          30.0S  71.3W  0852Z   1.32M /  4.3FT  30MIN

CORRAL CL            39.9S  73.4W  0739Z   0.90M /  2.9FT  16MIN

SAN FELIX CL         26.3S  80.1W  0815Z   0.53M /  1.7FT  08MIN

VALPARAISO CL        33.0S  71.6W  0708Z   1.29M /  4.2FT  20MIN

EVALUATION

SEA LEVEL READINGS CONFIRM THAT A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED  WHICH COULD CAUSE WIDESPREAD DAMAGE. AUTHORITIES SHOULD TAKE  APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS THREAT. THIS CENTER WILL  CONTINUE TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT AND  SEVERITY OF THE THREAT.

A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE  LARGEST. TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHTS CANNOT BE PREDICTED AND CAN VARY  SIGNIFICANTLY ALONG A COAST DUE TO LOCAL EFFECTS. THE TIME FROM  ONE TSUNAMI WAVE TO THE NEXT CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO AN HOUR, AND  THE THREAT CAN CONTINUE FOR MANY HOURS AS MULTIPLE WAVES ARRIVE.

FOR ALL AREAS – WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO HOURS  AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT  OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME  THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN  CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS. AS LOCAL  CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE  ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.

THE TSUNAMI WARNING WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.


Tsunami Warning Includes All Islands In Pacific Ocean

[tweetmeme]Pacific Island nations are included in the 53 tsunami warning issued. Please check below:

FR. POLYNESIA / MEXICO / COOK ISLANDS / KIRIBATI KERMADEC IS / NIUE / NEW ZEALAND / TONGA / AMERICAN SAMOA SAMOA / JARVIS IS. / WALLIS-FUTUNA / TOKELAU / FIJI AUSTRALIA / HAWAII / PALMYRA IS. / TUVALU / VANUATU HOWLAND-BAKER / NEW CALEDONIA / JOHNSTON IS. / SOLOMON IS. / NAURU / MARSHALL IS. / MIDWAY IS. / KOSRAE / PAPUA NEW GUINEA /  POHNPEI / WAKE IS. / CHUUK / RUSSIA / MARCUS IS. / INDONESIA /  N. MARIANAS / GUAM / YAP / BELAU / JAPAN / PHILIPPINES /  CHINESE TAIPEI.

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HONOLULU, HAWAII: Eli Cantu and Scott Liang make sandbags along Waikiki Beach in back of the Westin Moana Surfrider February 27, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Residents are stocking up on food and emergency supplies in preparation for a potentially damaging tsunami, after a massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit central Chile which sent waves across the Pacific Ocean. Warning sirens have been reported to be going off near the coast and the state is under a tsunami warning but there is no evacuation planned at this time. So far over 100 deaths in Chile have been reported and that number is expected to rise. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images).

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Shoppers line up in front of a grocery store as they wait for it to open February 27, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Bobsleigher Wants Tonga To Adopt Luge As National Sport

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Despite missing out on the Vancouver Winter Olympics, the Tongan luge team is trying to drum up support to make luging a national sport. [AFP]

Tongan Bruno Banani narrowly misses out on Winter Olympics

Created: Mon, 01 Feb 2010 23:34:31 GMT+1300

Luge, one of the world’s fastest and most dangerous sports on ice, isn’t usually associated with the Pacific island Kingdom of Tonga. But one Tongan athlete, Bruno Banani may change that.

ABC Asia Pacific News:Stories:Tongan athlete narrowly misses out on Winter Olympics.


Washington: Dalai Lama Meets President Obama

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WASHINGTON, USA: Tibetans dance as they gather outside the White House February 18, 2010 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama had a meeting with the Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House despite the opposition of the Chinese government. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images).

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House in Washington on February 18, 2010. UPI/Pete Souza/The White House.

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The Dalai Lama arrives for a press conference outside his hotel February 18, 2010 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day the Dalai Lama met with U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images).