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Japan doubles troops for quake help, world offers aid

SENDAI, Japan (AFP) – Japan on Sunday committed 100,000 troops to help earthquake and tsunami survivors as the world rallied behind the disaster-stricken nation and a US aircraft carrier arrived off the shattered coast. The deployment, ordered by Prime Minister Naoto Kan, doubles the number of troops already on the…

Japan scrambles to avert nuclear meltdown

SENDAI, Japan (Reuters) – Japan fought on Sunday to avert a disastrous meltdown at two earthquake-crippled nuclear reactors as estimates of the death toll from the tsunami that charged across its northeast rose to more than 10,000. Broadcaster NHK, quoting a police official, said more than 10,000 people may have…

Quake-hit Japan plant faces new radiation threat

SENDAI, Japan (Reuters) – Japan faced the threat of new radiation leaks at an earthquake-crippled nuclear plant on Sunday after the cooling system failed at a second reactor in what could be the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 25 years. Strong aftershocks continued to shake Japan’s main island as the…

End operations in Afghanistan, Karzai tells NATO

ASADABAD, Afghanistan (AFP) – An emotional Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday told international troops to “stop their operations in our land”, his strongest remarks yet over mistaken killings of civilians. Karzai’s comments came after a week in which a relative of his was killed in a raid by foreign…

Meltdowns may have occurred in two reactors: Japan

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s top government spokesman Yukio Edano said Sunday that radioactive meltdowns may have occurred in two reactors of the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant. Asked in a press conference whether meltdowns had occurred, Edano said “we are acting on the assumption that there is a high possibility that…

Second Fukushima reactor heats up, thousands flee

SENDAI, Japan (Reuters) – Thousands of Japanese fled the vicinity of an earthquake-crippled nuclear plant after a radiation leak and authorities faced a fresh threat Sunday with the failure of the cooling system in a second reactor. Operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said it was preparing to vent steam to…

Cooling system fails in second Fukushima reactor

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) – Japan battled to contain a radiation leak at an earthquake-crippled nuclear plant on Sunday, but faced a fresh threat with the failure of the cooling system in a second reactor. Operator TEPCO said it was preparing to release some steam to relieve pressure in the No.3…

Ivory Coast: Pro-Gbagbo Ivorian forces launch assault in Abidjan

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Security forces loyal to Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo launched a ground and airborne assault on Saturday to drive fighters backing his rival for the presidency out of a suburb of Abidjan, military officials said. The attack was the first time helicopters had been deployed in support of an operation in the…

WATCH: Japanese power plant explosion

Following a devastating tsunami and earthquakes, the death toll in Japan is rising. An estimated 1,700 people are missing or dead, and radiation is leaking from the power plant in Fukushima. Watch a SkyNews video of the power plant explosion below via YouTube.…

Arab League may back no-fly zone

CAIRO (Reuters) – Arab states meeting in Cairo are likely to back the idea of a no-fly zone over Libya, an Egyptian official said, in a decision that will provide the regional support NATO has said is needed for any military action. Libyan rebels trying to end Muammar Gaddafi’s rule…

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