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Last Updated: Saturday, 1 January, 2005, 06:04 GMT
Asia tsunami overshadows New Year

The New Year celebrations are largely overshadowed by the disaster in Asia.

The Daily Mirror says it hopes we enjoyed last night and then beneath a picture of an Indian child, the paper begs us not to forget those in need.

The Daily Mail offers thanks to the thousands of people who have donated money to its relief fund during what it calls another day of selfless gestures.

The Daily Express is also grateful, saying the aid offers a glimmer of hope to those facing death and disease.

Relief effort

The Daily Telegraph highlights concerns that, despite the amount of cash raised, millions of people are still not receiving help.

Charities are facing the near-total collapse of the infrastructure of several countries, and so boxes of food are piling up at airports, it claims.

The Independent is also concerned about how the relief effort is operating.

"That millions of survivors have as yet received no tangible benefit is a disgrace," the paper says.

Geography lesson

Under the headline "Angel of the Beach", the Sun says a 10-year-old girl from Surrey saved many lives when a tsunami hit the Thai island of Phuket.

It says that remembering a geography lesson, Tilly Smith warned people to leave a beach when she noticed that the tide was receding too quickly.

The Guardian says the disaster marks a milestone in the internet's development.

It says online donations and journals are helping to provide aid and co-ordinate rescue efforts as never before.

Government papers

In other news, the Independent says that the latest batch of secret government papers released under the 30-year rule provides a fascinating insight into 1974.

We learn more details of the attempt to kidnap Princess Anne and that the then Labour government opposed ID cards.

The Guardian says civil servants feared a diplomatic incident after China gave London Zoo two panda bears.

The zoo said it could not afford to keep the animals, forcing officials to step in to avoid an embarrassing appeal for funds.

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