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Help Iranian Quake Survivors

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Iran quake death toll hits 50,000. 150,000 survivors are homeless, hungry, and freezing. They really need your immediate help.
$110 can provide a tent for a family of five
$60 can provide drinking water to 30 people
$45 can provide space heaters to three families
$25 can provide blankets to a family of five
Mercy Corps has raised $188,397 so far, but this is far from enough.

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Googlebots Take Christmas Off

After a long time, one post not around the earthquake.
Google Guy Says: “I think the bots took a break on Christmas day to chow down on some turkey or peanut butter balls or something, but about an hour ago I saw many of the bots groan, sit up, and roll out the door. Maybe they had too much candy or something, but it looks like they’re out the door and back on their regular http diet now. There’s still one bot lying here that was doing shots of amaretto last night; I’ll nudge it a little and see if I can wake it up. “

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Earthquake Update(7:00 AM, Tehran Time)

Guardian: Death toll in quake may reach 50,000
“Government officials in Iran warned yesterday that the number of people who perished in Bam could reach 50,000, the highest toll from any earthquake for more than 25 years.”

Guardian: Bush signals softer line on Iran
“The United States yesterday signalled a dramatic shift in its attitude towards Iran, a country previously branded by President George Bush as part of an “axis of evil”. Mr Bush is willing to open a dialogue with the Islamic republic but would like to see some gesture in return, a senior US official said. “This is a chance for Iran to step forward,” the official continued, but added: “The burden is on the Iranians.”"

Reuters: Iran Earthquake Survivors Battle Cold
“BAM, Iran (Reuters) – Thousands of homeless Iranian earthquake survivors huddled against the cold early on Wednesday five nights after up to 50,000 people died in one of the worst natural disasters in a decade. Humanitarian aid poured into Iran as foreign rescue teams headed home after concluding no one could still be alive beneath the collapsed mud-brick houses of the southeastern Silk Road city of Bam. Nearly $500 million has been pledged by dozens of countries.”

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Earthquake Update(1:55 PM, Tehran Time)

Reuters: Iran Quake Death Toll Seen Climbing to 50,000
“BAM, Iran (Reuters) – The death toll for Friday’s earthquake in southeastern Iran may rise as high as 50,000, government officials told Reuters Tuesday. “We are expecting the death toll to reach around 50,000,” a senior Interior Ministry official said. “If we consider that, on average, five people lived in each house we can say the death toll will reach 50,000.” Another senior government official confirmed the projection.”

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Earthquake Update(5:34 AM, Tehran Time)

BBC: New push to help quake survivors
“Relief teams in southern Iran are concentrating on caring for those made homeless by last week’s earthquake, as hopes fade of finding more survivors.”

CNN: U.S. planes hauling tons of supplies
“WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. military has conducted a dozen humanitarian aid missions to earthquake-ravaged Iran so far. The latest flight dropped off another shipment of supplies Monday.”

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Google Hacks

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Earthquake Update(1:58 PM, Tehran Time)

China View: Six-month-old infant rescued alive two days after Bam earthquake.
TEHRAN, Dec. 29 (Xinhuanet) — A six-month-old baby was rescued alive two days after the devastating earthquake which ruined the southeastern Iranian city of Bam and killed more than 20,000 people, reported the Iranian news agency IRNA on Monday.

Telegraph: Ayatollah says Iran will rebuild quake site
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has visited Bam, where hopes of finding survivors from the earthquake which has killed more than 20,000 people are fading.

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