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a tsunami warning issued
yesterday after a powerful
earthquake off Sumatra sent
islanders rushing to high
The US Geological Service
said the earthquake had a
magnitude of 7.8. It was cen-
tred under the ocean at a
depth of 15 miles. Shallow
earthquakes are more likely
to cause damage, but the
USGS said the quake was lo-
cated far from land, 409
miles from the town of
Muara Siberut. Disaster Mit-
igation Agency spokesman
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said
no damage or casualties were
reported so far, but panicked
people in parts of Sumatra
island and in the Mentawai
island chain fled to higher el-
evations. Indonesia, the
world s largest archipelago,
is prone to seismic upheaval
because of its location on the
Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc
of volcanoes and fault lines
circling the Pacific Basin.
A massive magnitude-9.1
quake off Indonesia in 2004
triggered a tsunami that
killed 230,000 people in a
North Korea faces harsh new UN
sanctions to starve it of money for its
nuclear weapons programme following a
unanimous Security Council vote yesterday
on a resolution drafted by the United States
and Pyongyang's ally China.
The resolution, which dramatically
expands existing sanctions, follows North
Korea's latest nuclear test on January 6 and
a February 7 rocket launch that Washington
and its allies said used banned ballistic
missile technology. Pyongyang said it was a
peaceful satellite launch.
US Ambassador Samantha Power said
the sanctions go further than any UN
sanctions regime in two decades and aim to
cut off funds for North Korea's nuclear and
other banned weapons programmes.
All cargo going to and from North Korea
must now be inspected and North Korean
trade representatives in Syria, Iran and
Vietnam are among 16 individuals added to
a UN blacklist, along with 12 North Korean
Power said the point of the resolution was
to target the country's leadership, not its
impoverished people, adding that North
Korea is "a master of evasion" and would
continue to try to evade the sanctions
although the new measures would make
There was no immediate reaction from
the North Korean UN mission.
Malaysia's transport minister has said there
is a "high possibility" that debris found in
Mozambique came from a Boeing 777, the
same model as missing Malaysia Airlines
Liow Tiong Lai tweeted: "Based on early
reports, high possibility debris found in
Mozambique belongs to a B777."
Liow said Malaysian aviation teams were
working with their Australian counterparts to
retrieve the debris.
MH370 disappeared in March 2014 while en
route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The
aircraft and all 239 passengers remain
If confirmed, the object found in
Mozambique will be the second piece of
known debris from the aircraft. Last year
authorities found a piece of the plane's wing
on the shore of Reunion island in the Indian
According to reports, the new object was
discovered on a sandbank off the coast of
Mozambique. NBC News said the debris was
found by an American man who has been
tracking the investigation into the missing
Based on satellite communications data,
MH370 is thought to have crashed in the
The story of Trump s rise has played out day
after day on television and on social media, but the
conversations behind closed doors among members
of the Republican elite during this period have been
less well documented.
Many of the conversations had one thing in com-
mon: a stubborn refusal to take Trump seriously,
even as fans packed sports stadiums to see him in
the summer months, as he dominated media coverage
of the election, and as polls showed him winning
wide support among young and old, men and women.
Many in the Republican establishment believed he
would eventually self-destruct or that Americans
would lose patience with his bombast, his free-wheel-
ing insults and lack of firm policies to back up his
promises to "Make America Great Again."
They were wrong.
Trump won a majority of the states holding nom-
inating contests on Super Tuesday, accelerating his
march to the Republican nomination.
Republican donors, strategists and campaign oper-
atives interviewed by Reuters admitted they had mis-
judged the mood of voters who have thrown their
support behind Trump after he promised to build a
wall on the Mexican border, temporarily ban Muslims
from entering the United States and block Syrian
refugees because they might be militants.
Trump s rise seemed to take place entirely outside
the structures of the normal nomination process
within the Republican party.
For example, many attending the Conservative
Political Action Conference, a gathering of grassroots
activists, in February 2015, were excited by presidential
hopefuls Wisconsin governor Walker and Texas Sen-
ator Ted Cruz. The annual convention is a must-
stop for any Republican White House contender.
CPAC s attendees were mostly conservative political
activists already engaged in the electoral process. The
fans who would drive Trump s success were not. The
candidates favoured at CPAC have languished. Walker
left the race just two months after officially entering
it. Paul dropped out after the first nominating contest
in February. Cruz has won just three of more than
a dozen contests so far.
Early in his run, Trump was a source of puzzlement
for rich Republicans, such as those who gathered
one Sunday in early August in the Hamptons, New
York s gilded summer retreat destination, to discuss
the 2016 race.
"A variety of subjects were discussed, but chief
among them, I would say, was the concern and con-
sternation over the candidacy of Donald Trump," the
source said. At the time, Trump s rating in national
polls was twice his closet rival s, according to
The attendees discussed Trump s rise and observed
he had struck a chord with many Americans, the
source said. They fretted over whether his presence
would force other candidates to go negative. They
hoped he wouldn t hijack the first Republican pres-
idential debate, then less than a week away.
But they decided, however it had begun, Trump s
reign atop the polls wouldn t last.
"I think it s literally just a matter of time before
his NASCAR careens into the wall---and hopefully
Massive quake hits Indonesia
Harsh new sanctions on North
Korea over nuclear programme
'High possibility' Mozambique
debris from Boeing 777
STUMPED BY TRUMP
A man holds a poster of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during
a rally Tuesday, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey
Gov Chris Christie, left, speaks during a news conference on Super Tuesday
primary election night. Yesterday, six New Jersey newspapers say Gov Christie
should resign over his endorsement of Donald Trump. They add that if Christie
refuses to quit, New Jersey citizens should initiate a recall effort. AP PHOTOS
not into the other drivers," the source
said in an interview on August 6.
Trump has not crashed.
And on Monday, the CEO of
NASCAR, Brian France, endorsed him.
Right to Rise, the outside spending
group backing Bush, built up a massive
war chest of more than $100 million
to attack opponents who could thwart
his bid for the nomination. Trump was
not identified as a potential threat, not
in the summer, nor in the fall of 2015,
even as he eclipsed Bush, according to
multiple interviews during that period
with a member of the group s leadership
"I don t think he s hurting us," said
the official. Bush bowed out on February
21. Duncan, the Positec CEO, said con-
versations he had with representatives
from three campaigns as recently as
November and December barely
touched on Trump.
"There was so much time left," he
said. "I honestly thought that he would
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