U.S. Pleges $500,000 in Initial Aid to Indonesia

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States is sending a half-million
dollars in emergency assistance for earthquake victims in
Indonesia.

A statement released by President Bush says the U.S. will offer
"financial and material support" and is standing by to offer
additional assistance as needed.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says personnel with the U.S.
Agency for International Development are in Yogyakarta, the central Indonesian city that bore much of the quake's impact.

The early morning quake -- with a magnitude of 6.3, is blamed for more than 3,500 deaths and thousands of injuries.