World Marks 1-Year Anniversary of Tsunami

Last Dec. 26, the most powerful earthquake in 40 years ruptured the sea floor off Sumatra, causing a tsunami that cost more than 200,000 people their lives.

It was a day that was not forgotten in the area, or in the world, on Monday.

In Indonesia’s Aceh province on Sumatra island, the closest land to the epicenter of the magnitude-9 earthquake, the president sounded a tsunami warning siren to start a minute’s silence at 8:16 a.m. – the moment the first wave struck.

Tsunami Telethon: From Pitt to Presidents

As pledges were still being tallied Sunday morning, Saturday night’s two-hour, live Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope telethon is being deemed a success – uniting even such ideological opposites as George Clooney and Bill O’Reilly.

When people are in trouble, “they turn to friends who become their lifeline,” said the FOX News commentator, who appeared after Clooney personally extended an invitation. “Who are their friends? You are.”

Brad Pitt on Roster for Tsunami Benefit

Brad Pitt – newly separated from wife Jennifer Aniston – is once again on the move: After a quick trip to Tokyo to promote the release there of Ocean’s Twelve, the star arrived back in Los Angeles late Thursday night.

The reason? On Saturday, Pitt – along with dozens of other celebrities – will participate in the NBC telethon Tsunami Aid: A Concert for Hope to raise money for victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami. Clooney reportedly was due to make his appearance from Los Angeles.

Bill O'Reilly Accepts Clooney's Challenge

They may not be as hot a duo as Andre 3000 and Big Boi, but George Clooney and Bill O’Reilly are now set to join each other as presenters – appearing separately, from different coasts – during NBC’s Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope on behalf of the Red Cross on Saturday.

Hilary Duff, Madonna Join Tsunami Aid

Hilary Duff is donating a portion of all ticket sales from her sold-out Most Wanted tour to aid tsunami relief efforts, and Madonna, Norah Jones, Eric Clapton and Mary J. Blige are among those joining the roster of stars on Saturday’s NBC disaster-relief telethon.

George Clooney Bites Back at Bill O'Reilly

George Clooney is once again battling FOX commentator Bill O’Reilly over the question of celebrities raising money for charity – and the actor-producer is now inviting O’Reilly to “ante up” and get involved in an upcoming telethon for victims of the South Asia tsunami disaster.

Nicole Kidman to Visit Indonesia for UNICEF

Nicole Kidman is planning to visit tsunami ravaged Indonesia later this month as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.

The Oscar winner will be accompanied by her sister, Antonia, a spokeswoman for UNICEF tells PEOPLE.

“My sister and I are going to go,” Kidman said Friday on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” “Obviously it still needs an enormous amount of attention.”

Kidman also signed a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that Leno is auctioning off to raise money for victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami disaster, which killed more than 150,000 people.

Princes Join Disaster Relief Work Force

As part of the worldwide effort to help those stricken by the Dec. 26 tsunami disaster, Princes William and Harry went to work in a Gloucestershire warehouse on Friday, spending more than five hours helping to prepare boxes of emergency supplies and stretchers for shipment to the devastated areas of Southeast Asia.

New Heroes, New Hope

As Walls Collapse, a Doctor Delivers a Baby


Dr. Ruvan Samarasinghe had just delivered a baby girl by cesarean section and was preparing to sew up the incision when a panicked nurse burst into the operating room of the hospital in Galle, Sri Lanka, with the news: A giant wave was about to hit. Samarasinghe, 35, assumed the nurse was just overreacting to choppy seas along the coast, just a dozen yards from the hospital. But then, he recalls, “someone shouted that a wall had collapsed and the water was coming in.”

Sting To Headline Tsunami-Aid Concert

Sting will play a Feb. 10 benefit concert at the 6,000-seat Leeuwin Estate Winery in Perth, Australia, with every penny of the net proceeds going to the relief efforts in Southern Asia following the Dec. 26 quake and tsunamis.

The rocker, 53, already has two sold-out shows booked at the winery for Feb. 12 and 13 and had been scheduled to play a now canceled Feb. 9 show in the largely devastated Sri Lanka, reports Billboard.

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