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World News Headlines of March 21

52 feared dead in Pakistan coal mine accident

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Rescue workers used shovels and bare hands Monday to dig out victims buried by explosions in a coal mine in southwestern Pakistan, and officials said they feared all 52 miners underground at the time of the accident were dead. The workers have recovered 24 bodies after digging through one of the mine’s three wings, said…

Google accuses China of blocking Gmail

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Google Inc on Monday accused the Chinese government of making it difficult for Gmail users to access the service in the country, the latest development in a rocky relationship between the two. Google said any difficulty users in China may have faced in the past few weeks accessing its email service was likely to be the result…

Top Yemeni general, Ali Mohsen, announces defection

Key Yemeni General Ali Mohsen, who is close to President Ali Abdullah Saleh,…

Arab states may now want to rethink approval

CAIRO – Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa deplored the broad scope of the U.S.-European bombing campaign in Libya on Sunday and said he would call a new league meeting to reconsider Arab approval of the Western military intervention. Moussa said the Arab League’s approval of a no-fly zone on March 12 was based on a desire to prevent Moammar…

Obama hails democracy in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro – US President Barack Obama praised democracy Sunday in an address to the Brazilian people, at a time when the United States is involved in airstrikes on Libya, and the Arab world is in flux as protesters demand freedom from their governments. In Rio, Obama visited the Cidade de Deus favela, a slum neighbourhood known as City of God,…

Bahrain and Iran expel diplomats

Iran has expelled a Bahraini diplomat in a retaliatory move, amid an ongoing dispute linked to anti-government protests in Bahrain. Earlier, Bahrain had expelled the Iranian charge d’affaires. Tehran has criticised Bahrain’s Sunni rulers for using troops from other Gulf states to help…

Japan warns more radioactive emissions likely

DAVID McNEILL in Tokyo JAPAN’S GOVERNMENT claimed some success over the weekend in its battle to prevent meltdown at a crippled nuclear power plant but amid reports of spreading contamination it warned that the release of more radioactive material is likely. Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), which operates the plant, said it had cooled dangerously…

US won’t have dominant role in Libya action: Gates

ON BOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday that the US expects to turn control of the Libya military mission over to a coalition — probably headed either by the French and British or by NATO — “in a matter of days.” In his first public remarks since the start of the bombings, Gates said President Barack Obama…

Yemen’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh sacks cabinet

EMBATTLED Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh sacked his government today as mourners massed in Sanaa to bury many of the 52 people gunned down by his…

Egyptians Voters Approve Constitution Changes

CAIRO, Egypt — Egyptian voters overwhelming approved a referendum on constitutional changes that will usher in rapid elections, with the results announced Sunday underscoring the strength of established political organizations and the weakness of the nascent liberal groups. Related Times Topic: Egypt News — Revolution and Aftermath More than…

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Important Events on March 21

March 21: Independence Day in Namibia (1990); Naw-Rúz in the Bahá’í calendar; World Down Syndrome Day; Mother’s Day in the Arab world

Rudolf Christoph von Gersdorff

  • 1909 – The remains of the Báb, one of three central figures of the Bahá’í Faith, were interred by `Abdu’l-Bahá in Haifa, present-day Israel.
  • 1943 – World War II: Wermacht officer Rudolf Christoph von Gersdorff (pictured) attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler by suicide bombing, but had to abort the plan at the last minute.
  • 1946 – The Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League signed Kenny Washington, making him the first African American player in the league since 1933.
  • 2002 – British schoolgirl Amanda Dowler was abducted on her way home from Heathside School in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
  • 2006 – A man using a hammer smashed the statue of Phra Phrom in the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, and was subsequently beaten to death by bystanders.

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