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New quakes rock tsunami-devastated Japan

SENDAI, Japan: Huge earthquakes rocked northeastern Japan on Saturday, a day after a giant temblor set off a powerful tsunami that killed hundreds of people, turned the coast into a swampy wasteland and left two nuclear reactors dangerously close to meltdown.

U.S. Wary of Libya Role

WASHINGTON—The U.S. military doesn’t want to send troops into Libya, even for humanitarian duties, until Col. Moammar Gadhafi has left power, a senior defense official said Friday. The admission provided a sign of the Pentagon’s skittishness about taking overt military action against the government.

French police arrest senior Eta activists

MADRID – French police arrested four members of Basque separatist group Eta late on Thursday night, including two military leaders, Spain’s interior ministry said yesterday…

Tsunami-hit Japan awakes to wide destruction, toll exceeds 1,000

TOKYO: Japan confronted devastation along its northeastern coast on Saturday, with fires raging and parts of some cities under water after a massive earthquake and tsunami that likely killed at least 1,000 people. ( See: Quake, tsunami hit Japan ) Daybreak revealed the full extent of the damage from Friday’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake — the…

Tsvangirai eyes ‘divorce’ from Mugabe as coalition totters

Zimbabwe’s fragile power-sharing government was on the brink of collapse yesterday with both sides claiming irreconcilable differences and foreign diplomats warning of a spike in political violence. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said the government is “dysfunctional” and called this week for a “divorce” from President Robert Mugabe and his..

State of emergency declared over fears of nuclear leaks

Japan was fighting to avert a nuclear disaster last night as it declared a state of emergency and evacuated thousands near a damaged plant. As officials conceded that radiation levels had risen inside one damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi power station, there were fears of a leak with reports last night that the authorities were planning to…

EU leaders call on Moammar Kadafi to step down

In a unanimous declaration, leaders of the European Union push for Libyan dictator Moammar Kadafi to give up power. They say they will consider ‘all necessary options’ to protect Libyans from Kadafi’s attacks, but stop short of backing military intervention. Share By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times.

Gates Visits Bahrain Amid Huge Protests

MANAMA, Bahrain — As security forces and pro-government vigilantes beat back protesters here on Friday, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived on an unannounced visit to offer American support to the royal family and prod the king and crown prince toward talks with protesters demanding more democracy. His visit took place against a…

Ivory Coast crisis: ‘Nearly 450,000 refugees’

Ivory Coast crisis Eyewitness: ‘We were slaughtered’ Descent into ‘madness’ Affects on cocoa trade Q&A: Ivory Coast election crisis More than 450,000 people have fled their homes because of the crisis in Ivory Coast, the UN refugee agency says….

Defense Secretary Robert Gates warns U.S. allies about ‘precipitous’ exit from Afghanistan

Speaking at a NATO meeting, Robert Gates says, ‘There is too much talk about leaving and not enough talk about getting the job done right’ in Afghanistan. His remarks are seen as an attempt to keep allies from using a planned U.S. drawdown as a pretext for withdrawing large numbers of troops. Share By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times…

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