Emergency crews in southern Asian countries devastated by Sunday's massive earthquake and tsunamis continue to recover bodies scattered by the tragedy. The reported death toll is now approaching 40,000 after the 9.0 magnitude quake and tidal waves that followed. Officials in various Indian ocean and Bay of Bengal coastline countries say many people are still missing, and the toll will climb as searchers reach new areas, Many tourists are among the victims.
Thailand has declared three days of mourning for those killed in Sunday's earthquake-driven tidal waves. A Thai government spokesman says all flags should be flown at half-mast until Thursday, while state officials and the general public have been asked to wear mourning clothes during the period.
Ukraine Prime minister Yanukovych is refusing to concede defeat in Sunday's landmark presidential run-off election, and says he will challenge the results in the Supreme court.
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