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‘Friendly fire’ incident kills 13 Libyan Rebels

EAST OF BREGA/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – A NATO-led air strike killed 13 Libyan rebels, a rebel spokesman said on Saturday, but their leaders called for continued raids on Muammar Gaddafi’s forces despite the “regrettable incident.” In the rebel capital of Benghazi the anti-Gaddafi council also named a “crisis team,” including…

Japan nuclear focus shifts to cracked reactor basin

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese officials grappling on Sunday to end the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl were focusing on a crack in a concrete pit that was leaking radiation into the ocean from a crippled reactor. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said it had found a crack in the…

Coalition air strike hits Libya rebels, 13 dead

EAST OF BREGA, Libya (Reuters) – A NATO-led air strike killed 13 Libyan rebels in a “regrettable incident,” a rebel spokesman said on Saturday, in an increasingly chaotic battle with Muammar Gaddafi’s forces over the oil town of Brega. Despite the deaths on Friday night, the rebel leadership called for continued air…

Ten dead on second day of Afghan Koran burning protests

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – At least 10 people have been killed and 83 wounded in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, officials said on Saturday, on a second day of violent protests over the burning of a Koran by a radical fundamentalist Christian in the United States. A suicide attack…

Fighting rages in Ivory Coast with 800 dead in west

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Soldiers backing Alassane Ouattara met stiff resistance from incumbent Laurent Gbagbo’s fighters in Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan on Saturday as the two sides fought for control of the West African country. There was fighting around the Presidential Palace, state broadcaster RTI and military bases between forces loyal to the…

Syria arrests dozens over unrest

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian security forces arrested dozens of people, rights groups said Saturday, after thousands marched in pro-democracy protests in unrest that has posed the gravest challenge to President Bashar al-Assad’s rule. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights named 21 people who it said had been rounded up by…

Nigerian vote aborted after ballot paper chaos

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria postponed parliamentary elections until Monday after voting materials failed to arrive in many areas, a major blow to hopes of a break with a history of chaotic polls in Africa’s most populous nation. Voters had trooped early to polling stations across the country of 150 million, eager for…

TEPCO recruiting nuclear workers for up to $5,000 per day

What would you do for $2,500 a day? How about $5,000 a day? Do you have “a passport, a family willing to let you go”, and a “willingness to to work in a radioactive zone”? Then you could have what it takes to work at the Fukushima nuclear power plant,…

‘Ten UN workers killed’ at Afghan Koran protest

Update: As many as 20 U.N. workers killed Up to 20 U.N. workers were killed Friday when protesters overran a compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, according to Reuters. Two foreigners were said to be beheaded. Original report continues below… KABUL — Ten foreign UN workers were killed on Friday in an attack…

International midwife shortage kills 1 million women, children a year

KABUL (Reuters) – Over a million mothers and newborn babies are dying each year from easily prevented birth complications because of a chronic shortage of midwives across much of the developing world, a new report from Save the Children said on Friday. In the world’s least developed countries over half…

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