BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — They cried, prayed and remembered today at beachside memorials and religious services across Asia. It's the 10th anniversary of the tsunami that killed around a quarter million people and ground entire coastal communities into the sand. The tsunami was triggered by a massive, 9.1 magnitude earthquake off Indonesia.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Flooding in Malaysia and criticism of his vacation is bringing the country's prime minister home early from a U.S. trip. Prime Minister Najib Razak says he's going home to deal with the worst floods in the country in decades that have killed five people and displaced more than 100,000. Authorities have evacuated numerous villages and towns in five Malaysian states.
NEW YORK (AP) — The wake is scheduled today for one of two New York police officers shot and killed in an ambush. Mourners will gather at a Queens church to remember Rafael Ramos. His funeral is tomorrow and Vice President Joe Biden is expected to attend. Arrangements for the other dead officer haven't been announced.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's supreme court has given the government two years to evacuate an illegal settlement that's one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank. Amona was established in 1995 on private Palestinian land without Israeli government permission. Settlers claimed to have retroactively bought some of the land though the Palestinian landowners claim some of those sales were fictitious.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian ruble is sliding again today after a five day rally. The ruble has been the worst performing money this year along with the Ukrainian currency, having lost nearly half of its value against the dollar. Russian monetary officials have made stabilizing the ruble their priority, introducing a number of drastic measures to support it such as raising the key interest rate to a whopping 17 percent.