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PM pays tribute to 'resilience' of tsunami victims

Cameron said the Government had provided almost £300m to the tsunami relief effort. Credit: PA

David Cameron has paid tribute to the victims of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami which claimed an estimated 230,000 lives - including 151 British nationals - in countries around the Indian Ocean.

In a statement to mark the tenth anniversary of the tragedy, the Prime Minister praised the "real resilience" of the communities which had since rebuilt their lives as well as the generosity of the international response.

He said the UK Government alone had provided almost £300 million to support the reconstruction of affected areas.

Today we think of all those for whom Boxing Day is no longer a happy festive celebration but the day they lost a loved one in the Indian Ocean tsunami.

At this poignant time, my prayers are with all those remembering people who were caught up in the disaster, including the 151 British nationals who lost their lives.

In the face of tragedy and adversity, hundreds of thousands of people have demonstrated real resilience to rebuild their lives and millions more have shown extraordinary generosity to help those affected.

– David Cameron

Ban alcohol advertising in sport, health experts say

Ireland's Sean Cronin with a Guinnness branded rugby ball during a training session at Carton House Hotel, Dublin, Ireland.

Alcohol sponsorship across sport should be banned, a group of health leaders has urged.

Children are being exposed to alcohol advertising that is creating automatic links between drinking brands and sport, the leading doctors warned in a letter published in the Guardian.

The call for a ban, made by the heads of the Royal College of Physicians, Anaesthetists and Nursing as well as charity directors and public health campaigners among others, is aimed directly at the Government, which they urged to "listen to the people rather than to big business".

They said people would consider it "outrageous" if tobacco firms became brand ambassadors for big football teams, and questioned the acceptability of drinks advertising in comparison.

A spokeswoman for the Portman group, which represents alcohol producers, told the Guardian: "Calling for a ban does not reflect the reality of what is happening in the UK, where official government statistics show that rates of binge drinking among 16- to 24-year-olds are in significant decline and the number of children even trying alcohol is at a record low."

She added that alcohol sponsorship contributed significantly to the country's economy.


Two on trial for Britons' murder in Thailand

British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were killed on the Thai island of Koh Tao.

The trial of two men charged with the murder of two British tourists in Thailand has begun, it has been reported.

Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin, both 21, deny killing 24-year-old David Miller, from Jersey, and 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

The Britons' bodies were found on September 15 on a Koh Tao beach.

The trial of the two migrant workers from Burma had been scheduled to begin in February, but it has been brought forward unexpectedly, the BBC reported.


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