Banda Aceh (Indonesia) (AFP) - 03:43 GMT - Global impact - The entire international community was affected by the disaster. European countries, including Sweden (543 dead), Germany (537), Finland (180), Britain (150), Switzerland (110), France (95), Denmark (50) and Norway (80), lost 1,700 people, mainly tourists seeking Christmas sun. In the space of several hours at least 220,000 people died, of which nearly 170,000 were in Indonesia, 31,000 in Sri Lanka, 16,400 in India, and 5,400 in Thailand, according to an official count. 03:40 GMT - Show of Respect - In southern Thailand, where half of the 5,300 killed in the tsunami were foreign tourists, a smattering of holidaymakers have gathered at a memorial park in the small fishing village of Ban Nam Khem, in a reminder of the global scale of the disaster.
Big-hitting Brendon McCullum was in record-breaking form as he led New Zealand to 215-4 at tea on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Christchurch on Friday. McCullum was not out 102 after cracking the fastest Test century by a New Zealander and also becoming the first New Zealander to post 1,000 runs in a calendar year. Their 126-run partnership wrested the initiative back in New Zealand's favour as they recovered from 88-3 when Ross Taylor was run out in the first over after lunch.