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WATCH LIVE: Japan’s English-Language News Station Covers The Quake

Watch the live broadcast of Japan’s English-language NHK television station, covering the quake and the tsunami, below. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Bahrain forces block access to hospitals, prompt UN rebuke

MANAMA (AFP) – The United Nations warned on Thursday of “shocking and illegal” abuses in Bahrain after a bloody crackdown on Shiite-led protesters which has alarmed the United States and infuriated the Shiite world. Political dissidents were rounded up at gunpoint in midnight raids and police armed with shot-guns stood…

Prince William stunned by damage in Christchurch after the quake

by Marty Melville CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFP) – Prince William expressed his shock at the devastation in earthquake-hit Christchurch Thursday after traipsing in the rubble to inspect the stricken New Zealand city first-hand. “It’s just so sad,” the Prince said as he surveyed teetering buildings in the city centre, which…

CIA faces reduced role in Pakistan after murder row

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s powerful spy agency appears to have gained the most from a CIA contractor’s release, by forcing the U.S. agency to recognize its importance to the U.S. effort in Afghanistan, and curtailing American activities in Pakistan. A Pakistani court on Wednesday acquitted CIA contractor Raymond Davis, 36,…

Dalai Lama rejects pleas to reconsider retirement

The Dalai Lama rejected on Thursday calls from the Tibetan parliament in exile urging him to reconsider his decision to retire as political head of the movement. Skip related content The 75-year-old spiritual leader announced last week that he wanted to shed his role as political chief of the government-in-exile…

British woman convicted of enslaving African worker

LONDON (AFP) – A former hospital director who forced an African woman to work 18 hours a day became the first person in Britain to be convicted of “modern-day slavery.” Saeeda Khan, 68, was forced to pay 49-year-old Mwanahamisi Mruke, who was trafficked from Tanzania in 2006, 25,000 pounds (40,000…

Germany will ‘exit’ nuclear power industry, Merkel vows

BERLIN (AFP) – Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Thursday that Germany would speed up the transition to renewable energy as Europe’s top economy mulled a “measured exit” from nuclear power after the events in Japan. “We want to reach the age of renewable energy as soon as possible. That is our…

Police smash ‘biggest’ online pedophile ring

THE HAGUE (AFP) – Police in several countries have arrested scores of alleged members of an online paedophile ring and rescued 230 children in “the biggest case of its kind”, Europol said. A third of the arrests in the round-up which began three years ago were made in Britain, the…

Workers try to restore power at Japan nuclear plant

SENDAI, Japan – Japanese engineers were Thursday focusing their efforts on restoring the power supply to a quake-damaged nuclear plant in an attempt to reactivate its cooling system and avert a meltdown. Last Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami knocked out the power supply and back-up generators at the Fukushima No.…

Haiti cholera epidemic to hit 800,000: study

LONDON – Up to 800,000 Haitians will contract cholera this year, double the estimates of UN agencies, a report published by The Lancet on Wednesday claimed. A US team led by Jason Andrews from Harvard School of Public Health also found that a recent dip in reported cases was likely…

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