- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 8, 2005


Tsunami alert issued after quake

CANBERRA, Australia — A powerful earthquake rocked the Pacific seabed near Vanuatu island early today, geologists said.

A tsunami warning was issued, but no large waves were immediately detected.

The 6.7-magnitude quake occurred at 1:48 a.m. local time about 250 miles northwest of the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila, according to the Web site of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Although Vanuatu is in the same geological zone as Indonesia’s Sumatra island, today’s temblor was not connected with the magnitude-9 quake that triggered Asia’s devastating Dec. 26 tsunami, according to Geoscience Australia seismologist Cvetan Sinadinovski.


Replacement picked for late prime minister

TBILISI — Georgia’s president nominated his finance minister as the new head of government yesterday, nearly a week after the death of Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania from carbon monoxide poisoning.

President Mikhail Saakashvili picked Zurab Nogaideli, 40, as prime minister after days of consultations with aides and Cabinet officials, spokeswoman Alana Gagloyeva said. Parliament has 10 days to approve or reject the nomination.


Prime minister wins a second term

COPENHAGEN — Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s center-right government won a second term yesterday as Denmark voters embraced plans to keep immigration in check and taxes from rising.

“The government will continue,” Mr. Fogh Rasmussen said after the parliamentary vote. “It’s one thing to win an election, but it’s more difficult to be re-elected.”

With 99 percent of the votes tallied, the governing bloc — a coalition of Liberals, Conservatives and the anti-immigration Danish Peoples Party — had 54 percent and was set to take 95 seats in the 179-seat parliament, or Folketing.


Orthodox Church wants TV network

MOSCOW — The Russian Orthodox Church said yesterday that it wanted to set up a national television channel to promote “positive ideals” of Christianity lacking on the airwaves.

A spokesman for the Moscow Patriarchate said that the channel would also show films, children’s programs, talk shows and soap operas.


Reinforcements battle Muslim insurgents

MANILA — Hundreds of marines sailed yesterday to reinforce troops in the southern Philippines after fighting with followers of a jailed Muslim leader that killed at least 17 soldiers and as many as 30 rebels, officials said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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