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Whoops: US Embassy in Pakistan had wrong date on statement about CIA contractor

Update (at bottom): State Dept. insists dateline was a typo A statement by the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, regarding the acquittal of CIA contractor Raymond Davis in the murders of two Pakistani men, had a little something wrong with it this morning: instead of reading “March 16,” it read “March…

Japanese emperor addresses nation

SENDAI, Japan (AFP) – Japan’s emperor gave a rare address to a jittery nation on Wednesday as a nuclear emergency deepened and millions struggled in desperate conditions after last week’s quake and tsunami disaster. The television appearance by Emperor Akihito emphasised the gravity of the crisis gripping Japan after the…

IAEA warned Japan that quakes could be too much for nuclear facilities, leaked cable reveals

The international nuclear watchdog warned Japan in 2008 that powerful earthquakes could be too strong for their nuclear reactors, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks Tuesday night. During a December 2008 G8 Nuclear Safety and Security Group (NSSG) meeting in Tokyo, an official from the International Atomic…

China freezes nuclear approvals after Japan crisis

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s vast nuclear push is likely to slow after the government ordered a safety crackdown on Wednesday in the aftermath of Japan’s nuclear crisis. The announcement by the State Council, or cabinet, was the clearest sign yet that the crisis at a quake-ravaged nuclear complex in northeast…

Australia mulls lifting ban on hemp foods

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia’s food watchdog said Wednesday it may lift its ban on food derived from hemp, with the man pushing for change promising cannabis ice-cream if successful. Hemp foods are widely available in many overseas markets, including Europe, Canada and the United States, and deregistered Sydney doctor Andrew…

Bahrain forces launch crackdown on protesters

MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahraini forces backed by helicopters launched a crackdown on protesters on Wednesday, imposing a curfew and clearing hundreds from a camp that had become the symbol of an uprising by the Shi’ite Muslim majority. Hospital sources said three policemen and at least two protesters were killed in…

Pakistan court acquits CIA contractor of double murder

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – A CIA contractor indicted earlier in the day on two murder charges in Pakistan was acquitted and released on Wednesday after a deal to pay “blood money” to the victims’ families was reached, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told Reuters. The deal ends a long-simmering diplomatic…

Japan’s nuclear crisis deepens, emperor addresses nation

SENDAI, Japan — Japan’s Emperor Akihito delivered a rare address to a jittery nation in dread of nuclear catastrophe Wednesday as millions struggled in desperate conditions after quake and tsunami disasters. The television appearance by the emperor emphasised the severity of the crisis gripping Japan in the wake of the…

Three dead as Bahrain police clear Pearl Square

MANAMA (AFP) – Bahrain’s opposition accused the kingdom’s Sunni authorities of killing three protesters in a violent raid Wednesday on a peaceful pro-democracy camp that sparked Shiite outrage across the region. Hundreds of riot police backed by tanks and helicopters fired shotguns and tear gas canisters early morning at demonstrators…

Clinton tours Cairo’s Tahrir unabashed by criticism

CAIRO (AFP) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took what she called a “thrilling” tour of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, centre of the protests that ousted Hosni Mubarak, on Wednesday, ignoring criticism of Washington’s long support for his regime. The most senior US official to visit Egypt since the veteran strongman’s…

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