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New blast at Japan nuke plant, radiation threat rises

SENDAI, Japan (AFP) – Japan’s nuclear crisis escalated Tuesday as two more blasts and a fire rocked a quake-stricken atomic power plant, sending radiation up to dangerous levels. Radiation around the Fukushima No.1 plant on the eastern coast had “risen considerably”, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said, and his chief spokesman…

Fresh explosion at quake-hit Japan nuclear plant

SOMA (Japan): A third explosion in four days rocked the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northeast Japan early Tuesday, the country’s nuclear safety agency said. The blast at Daiichi Unit 2 followed two hydrogen explosions at the plant — the latest on Monday — as authorities struggle to prevent the catastrophic…

Gaddafi cranks up pressure, jets bomb rebels

AJDABIYAH (Libya): Muammar Gaddafi’s jets bombed Libyan rebels on Monday, aiding a counter-offensive that has pushed insurgents 160km eastwards in a week, as France pressed for a no-fly zone “as fast as possible”. Gaddafi’s government, at first reeling from widespread popular uprisings last month, is now confident of success.

Gulf nations send forces to Bahrain

A military force from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations moved into Bahrain Monday to help restore security after a month of anti-regime protests, the Associated Press reported. The force marked the first cross-border military operation to quell unrest since the Arab world’s rebellions began in December.

Bomber Kills 36 Outside Afghan Recruiting Center

KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban suicide bomber posing as an army recruit blew himself up in the midst of a crowd outside a Afghanistan military recruiting center Monday in the northern city of Kunduz, killing at least 36 people including five children, the authorities there said. It was the fourth suicide bombing in Kunduz Province since…

Indian Navy nabs 61 pirates after intercepting their vessel

KOCHI: In a breakthrough in anti-piracy operations, the Indian Navy intercepted a mother vessel of Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea about 00 nautical miles off Kochi and rescued 13 crew members apart from nabbing 61 pirates. Naval ships and aircraft are presently in the area and are still carrying out search operations for missing fishermen or…

Suicide bomber kills 10 soldiers at Iraq army post

A SUICIDE bomber blew up his booby-trapped car early today outside an Iraqi army battalion headquarters in the country’s east, killing 10 soldiers and wounding 29 people in a bombing that brought down the building. Diyala provincial council spokeswoman Samira al-Shibli said…

India ‘world’s biggest arms buyer’

India has overtaken China to become the world’s largest importer of weapons, according to a Swedish think-tank that monitors global arms sales. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute report said India was pushing ahead with plans to modernise its military in an effort to counter China’s influence and gain international clout.

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