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Radiation in water at Japanese nuclear plant 5 million times over the legal limit

TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant said on Tuesday it had found water with 5 million times the legal limit of radioactivity as it struggles for a fourth week to contain the world’s biggest nuclear disaster in quarter of a century. Underlining the concern over…

Libya air strikes aid rebels as diplomacy stalls

BREGA, Libya (Reuters) – A Western air strike destroyed two of Muammar Gaddafi’s military vehicles in the east Libyan oil town of Brega on Tuesday allowing rebels to edge forward, but diplomatic efforts to end the war remained stalled. The frontline has been bogged down around Brega for nearly a week…

Carnival singer Michel Martelly to become Haiti’s first post-quake president

by Clarens Renois PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) – Michel Martelly, a carnival singer with a colorful past who seized the mantle of change, is Haiti’s new president after storming to a landslide victory, preliminary results showed. The 50-year-old faces the huge challenge of rebuilding the Caribbean nation, which was the poorest country…

Gbagbo cornered as battles rage in Ivory Coast city of Abidjan

by Fran Blandy ABIDJAN (AFP) – Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo was cornered and facing an end to 10 years in power Tuesday as forces for widely recognised president Alassane Ouattara pursued a military offensive to unseat him. After doggedly refusing to accept he lost November elections, Gbagbo was reportedly negotiating…

Sex, cash and starlets: Berlusconi’s “Rubygate”

ROME (Reuters) – In the dry wording of prosecution documents, sex parties at Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s palatial villa followed a well scripted routine drawing in erotic dancers and underage prostitutes. First, as judges will hear when Berlusconi faces trial on Wednesday, came dinner; a meal often composed of foods in…

Students chant ‘death to America’ during fifth day of Koran burning protests in Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) – Around 250 young Afghans gathered at Kabul University on Tuesday shouting “death to America” on the fifth day of protests against the burning of a Koran by a fundamentalist U.S. pastor. Thousands of people have taken to the streets in protests around Afghanistan. There has been deadly violence in two cities,…

UN, French forces attack Gbagbo bases in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN – French and UN helicopters fired on the Ivory Coast presidential palace and bases of Laurent Gbagbo Monday as elected president Alassane Ouattara launched an all-out push to make him step down. The helicopters targeted the presidency, Gbagbo’s residence and military barracks in the main city Abidjan, a UN…

UN may declare Palestine its own sovereign state

The United Nations may declare Palestine a sovereign state whose territory includes all of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem during its annual General Assembly meeting in September. According to the New York Times, support for a UN resolution to recognize an independent Palestinian state has steadily been growing.…

U.N. plane crashes in Congo, at least 20 dead

KINSHASA (Reuters) – A United Nations plane crashed while trying to land at the airport serving Congo’s capital Kinshasa on Monday, killing least 20 people, a government official said. The plane lost control in high winds as it came in to land and left the runway, the Health Ministry official, Joseph…

Vietnam finally nets legendary giant turtle for treatment

HANOI (Reuters) – Experts in Hanoi captured a legendary giant turtle for medical treatment on Sunday, a milestone in a case that has grabbed national attention and cast a spotlight on environmental degradation in Vietnam. Several dozen people including special forces soldiers swam and used boats to pull three rings…

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