- Making News: Tsunami Update
The death toll from this week-s earthquake and tsunami continues to rise, and is now estimated to be as high as 80,000. Throughout the region, relief officials are racing to prevent the outbreak of diseases in the areas affected by the disaster. BBC correspondent Matthew Grant is in Nagapattnam in the State of Tamil Nadu, the hardest hit part of India.
- Reporter's Notebook: The Maldives at Risk
The Maldives is a tiny island nation in the Indian Ocean, an archipelago of nearly 1200 coral islands spread over hundreds of miles. The tsunami that slammed the region over the weekend not only took lives and destroyed property, it also raised questions about whether the world's lowest lying country will ever recover, as we hear from Mohamed Latheef, Maldives' permanent representative to the UN and ambassador to the US.
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Violence in Iraq continues to raise questions about next month-s elections. As insurgents continue to wage a near daily campaign of death and violence against Americans and Iraqis, what is the possibility that the January 30 vote can be held successfully? Thousands of Iraqis have signed up to run for office, but will voters turn out on Election Day? If large numbers of voters stay away from the polls, will the results be seen as legitimate? What-s at stake for the US-led coalition? Guest host Sara Terry speaks with reporters in Baghdad, historians, experts in international relations and defense, and a former member of Iraqi Reconstruction Council.