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U.S. looks for more ways to heal battered nations

RESCUE NEARS END

Searchers all but gave up hope of finding more survivors from the Dec. 26 killer earthquake and tsunami, with authorities saying that thousands listed as missing were presumed dead. Confirmed deaths reached 139,253 after hardest-hit Indonesia increased its death toll to 94,081, and Sri Lanka and Thailand both raised their tolls by lesser amounts.

POWELL: IT'S ENOUGH

Arriving in Bangkok, Thailand, Secretary of State Colin Powell said the biggest problem now is not money but how to distribute it and plan for long-term reconstruction. He said the U.S. response has grown as the world has learned the scale of the devastation, and he said he saw no immediate need for more federal money. His trip will include stops in Indonesia and possibly Sri Lanka.

DONORS TO MEET

A plan to set up an Indian Ocean tsunami warning system is expected to dominate a gathering Thursday of leaders from stricken nations and world donors in Jakarta, Indonesia. Secretary of State Colin Powell, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and top European Union officials are to attend, along with Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

GOV. BUSH IN THAILAND

Accompanying Secretary of State Colin Powell, Gov. Jeb Bush arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday. Bush said his presence on the trip, not only as an American official, but also as the president's brother, would send a powerful message of sympathy. "I think family matters in a lot of places, just as it does in the United States," the governor said.

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