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World News Headlines of March 23

New aftershock, but progress made at Japan nuclear plant

A strong aftershock struck this morning near the troubled nuclear power plant at the centre of Japan’s radiation crisis. The country’s meteorological agency said there was no fear of a tsunami following the 7.10am quake, whose magnitude was recorded at 6.0. Public broadcaster NHK said there was no immediate report of further damage to nuclear power…

Protest spreads in Syria as police move on mosque

Tweet Protests spread in southern Syria Tuesday as hundreds of people marched to demand reforms in a previously peaceful village, witnesses and activists said, the Associated Press reported. Troops and protesters faced off in a nearby city outside a mosque where demonstrators have taken shelter. The government sought to contain the first serious…

Gaddafi appears on Libyan TV denouncing ‘unjust’ UN military campaign

LIBYAN state TV aired footage today of a defiant Colonel Muammar Gaddafi addressing supporters at his Tripoli residence and vowing to fight on….

Israel strikes Gaza targets, killing eight

Israeli officials said the strikes, in which three Palestinian children and their grandfather were among the dead, were in response to a recent mortar barrage fired by Gaza militants into Israel. Share By Ahmed Aldabba and Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times…

Russia’s Vladimir Putin denies Libya rift with Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has firmly rejected suggestions of a split over Libya with President Dmitry Medvedev, insisting they are “close”. Mr Putin was criticised by Mr Medvedev on Monday, after condemning the UN resolution on Libya and comparing it…

Concerns In Libya

Just three days after the United Nations Security Council approved resolution 1973 – that authorised member states to take ‘all necessary measures’ to protect civilians and to implement a no-fly zone in Libya – the Arab League has expressed reservations over…

What Next for the War in Libya?

Now that the mission over Libya has begun, the debate about how to conduct the war – rather than the reasons for it – must begin. The last couple of years have provided a treasure chest of lessons for warfare. But some of those that look particularly attractive are not 18 carat, but fool’s gold. It will be crucial for European governments to learn…

Yemen president warns of coup and civil war

Sana’a: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh told army commanders on Tuesday the impoverished Arabian Peninsula state could descend into civil war because of efforts to stage what he called a “coup” against his rule. Senior army commanders said on Monday they had switched support to pro-democracy activists who have been protesting for…

US warplane crash-lands in Libya

A US warplane has crash-landed in Libya, a US military spokesman says. The spokesman, Kenneth Fiddler, told the BBC there was no indication that the F-15 Eagle was brought down by hostile fire. He said one crew member had been recovered safely. An operation is under way to recover another. It is not clear where the plane went down.

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Important Events on March 23

March 23: Republic Day in Pakistan (1956); Day of Hungarian–Polish Friendship in Hungary and Poland

Eleftherios Venizelos

  • 1879 – Fighting in the War of the Pacific between Chile and a Peruvian–Bolivian alliance, opened with the Battle of Topáter.
  • 1905 – 1,500 Cretans, led by Eleftherios Venizelos (pictured), met at the village of Theriso to call for the island’s unification with Greece, beginning the Theriso revolt.
  • 1931 – Bhagat Singh, one of the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement, and two others were executed by British authorities.
  • 1991 – The Sierra Leone Civil War began when the Revolutionary United Front, with support from the special forces of Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia, invaded Sierra Leone in an attempt to overthrow Joseph Saidu Momoh.
  • 2001 – The Russian Federal Space Agency forced the space station Mir to deorbit and crash into the Pacific Ocean.

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