Queen to praise world's humanitarian response in year

In her annual Christmas Day speech, &to=http://english.pravda.ru/society/2002/06/04/29656.html' target=_blank>Queen Elizabeth II will praise the generous humanitarian response shown in a year blighted by acts of terrorism and natural disasters, according to a partial transcript released Friday by Buckingham Palace.

During the address, she will say that the last year has shown the "world is not always an easy or safe place to live in, but is the only place we have."

Her speech comes in a year when suicide bombers struck at the heart of London and a powerful earthquake left thousands dead in Pakistan and India. Just a day after last year's speech a devastating tsunami led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands in Southeast Asia.

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