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Second Japanese nuclear plant faces earthquake risk

A second nuclear plant in Japan sits atop a possibly active seismic fault, government-appointed experts said Friday, days after the first facility was said to be at risk. A panel appointed by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) said fractured strips of earth beneath the Higashidori plant’s compound in northern Japan…

Russia wavers as U.S. deploys troops near Syria border

Moscow backtracked Friday on comments made by a top diplomat admitting that Syrian rebels might defeat its long-time ally Damascus even as Washington ordered 400 troops to near the border with Turkey. A foreign ministry spokesman insisted that Moscow’s controversial support for President Bashar al-Assad’s regime was unchanged and that…

Arab Spring countries still in turmoil two years later

Tunisians, already troubled by the rise of radical Islamists, are eyeing the political and economic paralysis gripping their country with a dismay shared across much of the region two years after the Arab Spring began. In Sidi Bouzid — the central town where Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire on…

Man stabs 22 children at China primary school

A man stabbed 22 primary school students in a knife attack in China on Friday, officials said, the latest in a series of assaults. The attacker “has been detained”, said a spokesman for the Guangshan county government in the central province of Henan, where the stabbing happened. “Twenty-two elementary school…

Defiant N.Korea holds mass rally, promises more launches

Hundreds of thousands of North Koreans held a mass rally on Friday to celebrate the nuclear-armed state’s rocket launch, as its youthful leader vowed new launches in defiance of US-led outrage. Days before his first anniversary in charge of the isolated country, Kim Jong-Un upheld North Korea’s “unshakable stand” that…

Human rights court: CIA beat and sodomized wrongly detained German citizen

CIA agents tortured a German citizen, sodomising, shackling, and beating him, as Macedonian state police looked on, the European court of human rights said in a historic judgment released on Thursday. In a unanimous ruling, it also found Macedonia guilty of torturing, abusing, and secretly imprisoning Khaled el-Masri, a German…

Report: France’s only hope to stop smoking is price hikes

France’s efforts to stub out smoking have been a complete failure, a spending watchdog said Thursday in a damning report that warned only sustained price hikes will curb the country’s love affair with Gauloises and Gitanes. “The risks of smoking are still gravely underestimated by the public,” said Didier Migaud,…

Nuclear power becomes a campaign issue in Japan

The future of nuclear power in Fukushima-scarred Japan has emerged as a major campaign issue for the first time in weekend polls, but experts warn little thought has gone into how to replace atomic energy. Environmental issues have rarely topped the agenda in Japanese elections, which tend to focus on…

Satire: Montreal bylaw requires dogs to be bilingual

Correction: This interview and proposed bilingual dog bylaw was from a CBC satire radio show and is fictional. “If the story seemed unbelievable, the fact that the original interview on the topic linked back to a CBC Radio Web page – and sounded very much like a CBC Radio interview…

UK government pays Libyan dissident’s family £2.2 million over MI6-aided rendition

Sami al-Saadi, wife and four children were secretly flown from Hong Kong to Tripoli where he was tortured by Gaddafi police Ministers have agree to pay more than £2m to the family of a prominent Libyan dissident abducted with the help of MI6 and secretly flown to Tripoli where he…

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