A magnitude-6.3 earthquake in western Indonesia killed at least four people today, flattening buildings and forcing patients to flee a hospital on Sumatra island, officials and witnesses said. It was felt hundreds of miles away in Singapore, where some office buildings were evacuated, and in neighboring Malaysia.
Israel, Iran and the United States were the countries with the most negative image in a globe-spanning survey of attitudes. Canada and Japan came out best in the poll, released today. The survey for the British Broadcasting Corp.’s World Service asked more than 28,000 people to rate 12 countries – Britain, Canada, China, France, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, North Korea, Russia, the United States and Venezuela – as having a positive or negative influence on the world. Israel was viewed negatively by 56 percent of respondents, Iran by 54 percent and the United States by 51 percent.
From Herald news services