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World News Headlines of March 17

Japan dumps water on stricken reactors

Military helicopters in Japan have dumped water on reactors at the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in an effort to cool down a spent fuel storage pool, local media said. The operator of the power plant in northeast Japan said on Thursday that pressure was rising again at reactor number 3, which includes plutonium and uranium…

US cyber war defences ‘very thin’, Pentagon warns

Cyber war exaggerated says expert Is cyber-warfare a genuine threat? Oil and gas firms hit by hackers The US military lacks the people and resources to defend the country adequately from concerted cyber attacks, the head of the Pentagon’s cyber command has warned.

Global Pedophile Ring Busted, Police Say

THE HAGUE—Europol said Wednesday it broke up the largest international ring of pedophiles ever uncovered, a network that was allegedly centered on an Internet child pornography forum with 70,000 members across the globe, including in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. At the center was a website set up in the early 2000s and…

Authorities crack down on protesters in Yemen, Algeria, Syria

Thugs attack with sticks, knives and guns, and police use tear gas and batons to break up demonstrations across the region. Share By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times…

Sudan: UN civilian protection officials voice alarm over violence in Abyei

Displaced people fleeing fighting in Abyei, in Agok, Sudan16 March 2011 – Two United Nations civilian protection officials today voiced grave concern over rising tension in the disputed Sudanese territory of Abyei, where recent clashes between rival communities have claimed the lives of more than 100 people and caused the displacement of at least…

Emperor addresses Japan as crisis escalates

SENDAI, Japan ‘ Japan’s emperor gave a rare address to a jittery nation 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 9.0-magnitude quake and the monster…

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Important Events on March 17

March 17: Saint Patrick’s Day

Sinking of the SS Utopia

  • 1776 – American Revolutionary War: The British Army garrison in Boston, Massachusetts, withdrew from the city, ending the 11-month Siege of Boston.
  • 1891 – The transatlantic steamship SS Utopia (pictured) accidentally collided with the battleship HMS Anson in the Bay of Gibraltar, sinking in less than twenty minutes and killing 562.
  • 1942 – The Holocaust: The first mass killings of Jews began at Bełżec extermination camp in occupied Poland, the first of the Aktion Reinhard camps to begin operation.
  • 1955 – Six thousand people in Montreal rioted to protest the suspension of ice hockey star Maurice Richard.
  • 1957 – A plane crash on the slope of Mount Manunggal killed Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others.
  • 1992 – A car bomb destroyed the Israeli embassy and nearby buildings in Buenos Aires, killing 29 people and wounded 242 others.

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