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News Wrap: Tsunami death toll climbs to 429

In our Tuesday news wrap, the number of confirmed dead in Indonesia’s weekend tsunami has risen to 429. Search teams are combing through debris as harrowing stories emerge from survivors of the catastrophe, which struck with no warning. Also, in Afghanistan, the death toll from a prolonged attack on a Kabul government building has increased to 43.

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  • Nick Schifrin:

    Today, the confirmed death toll in the Indonesian tsunami rose to 429. It struck without warning on Saturday night after a volcano erupted in the Sunda Strait.

    Search teams spent another day going through debris. The hardest-hit areas are still cut off.

    And new accounts emerged from survivors, including a woman who lived through the tsunami in her car.

  • Tati Hayati:

    There was a blackout, and no sign at all of an incoming tsunami. We were all sitting down outside when a boy arrived and said the Krakatoa Volcano was erupting. So we all ran away and jumped into a car.

    We were locked inside and then, suddenly, the window breaks, and all 11 of us were submerged in water. I was thinking that we would be dead in minutes.

  • Nick Schifrin:

    Indonesia is majority Muslim, but Christians there replaced their Christmas celebrations with vigils for the victims.

    In Kabul, Afghanistan, officials now say 43 people died in yesterday's assault on a public welfare building. Security forces and emergency personnel were still on the scene today, searching for bodies. At least four attackers were killed. It's unclear if they were included in the official toll.

    Police in Khartoum, Sudan, today clashed with thousands of protesters. They demanded President Omar Bashir resign after 29 years. The crowds chanted, sang and tried to march on the presidential palace. Police answered with rounds of tear gas, and fired bullets into the air. The protests began nearly a week ago over rising prices and shortages of food and fuel.

    U.S. immigration officials say an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died early today in government custody in New Mexico. Customs and Border Protection says he appeared ill yesterday and was taken to a hospital in Alamogordo with his father. He was medicated and released, but returned later and died just after midnight. It is the second death of an immigrant child in U.S. custody this month.

    In Washington, President Trump insisted again today he won't agree to end the partial government shutdown unless Congress funds a southern border wall. He said his goal is to complete 500 miles of new wall or — quote — "renovated border fencing" before Election Day 2020. And he said federal workers support that goal.

  • Donald Trump:

    I can't tell you when the government's going to be open. I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they'd like to call it. I will call it whatever they want.

    But many of those workers have said to me, and communicated, stay out until you get money for the wall. These federal workers want the wall. The only one that doesn't want the wall are the Democrats, because they don't mind open borders.

  • Nick Schifrin:

    Mr. Trump also said he would travel to the border in January to mark what he called the groundbreaking for a new segment of border wall.

    Wall Street was closed for Christmas, still smarting from heavy losses on Monday. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei index fell 5 percent, and markets in China and Thailand also declined. Stock exchanges in Europe were closed.

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