The death toll from the Asian tsunami, triggered by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake off Indonesia on December 26, stood at 156,193 people, government and health officials said. U.S. President Barack Obama said on that Pakistan’s greatest threat was internal, and not from long-time rival India, as Pakistan troops took back a key town to halt a Taliban advance on the capital. Angelica Cagincho and her son Nixon stand at her home next to the Doe Run Peru smelter in the Andean city of La Oroya, east of Lima. Union members from Doe Run Peru’s La Oroya factory say they will block highways in central Peru starting on Monday unless President Alan Garcia acts decisively to end a months-long crisis at the world’s most diversified metals smelter.

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Mercedes Santos shares a laugh with her partner Theresa Volpe while playing cards with their son Jaidon and daughter Ava at their home in Chicago, Illinois. Santos and Volpe are a same-sex couple raising two of their biological children as What Is a Normative Goal they struggle to get same-sex marriages passed into law in Illinois. A mother washes her child in the Mahmoud Ladies School which is being used as a refugee shelter for homeless tsunami families in Kalmunai on Sri Lanka’s east coast.