The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays

The KPFA Evening News, Weekdays – January 2, 2005

The tsunami death toll continues to rise; official figures now put it at
124,000, but aid officials estimate it could hit 150,000. meanwhile, air
drops of food and medicine reached remote Indian ocean islands, and in
hardest hit Aceh, independence fighters accuse the Indonesian government of
stepping up attacks against them.

Separate attacks kill 18 Iraqi national guard, five police and several
civilians in Iraq. with elections just weeks away, prominent Shiite leaders
called for Sunni Arabs, who have called for a boycott, to participate in the
election despite the violence.

Bay Area activists angered by U.S. election irregularities plan to march on
senator Barbara Boxers office tomorrow and urge her to protest on the floor
on congress with her house colleagues

The government gave more than one billion dollars to faith based
organizations in 2003–civil libertarians say it violates the constitutional
separation of church and state

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