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World News Headlines of April 06

Libyan rebel says strikes too little, late

BENGHAZI, Libya – A rebel military leader lashed out at NATO yesterday, saying that it was falling short in its mission to protect Libyan civilians. But the alliance said ruler Moammar Khadafy’s forces position heavy weapons in populated areas, preventing some airstrikes. Abdel-Fattah Younis, chief of staff for the rebel military and Khadafy’s…

International pressure mounts on Yemen leader

International pressure is mounting on Yemen’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down, after at least 19 people have been killed in anti-government protests in the last two days. Strong statements from the United States, United Nations, European Union, Britain and Italy came as Saleh backers clashed with protesters in the capital,…

Radioactive water stops leaking from Japan plant

TOKYO (AP) — The utility that owns the crippled Japanese nuclear reactor says that highly radioactive water has stopped leaking into the ocean. Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesperson Naoki Tsunoda said Wednesday the company’s attempt to stem the leak by injecting 1,500 liters (400 gallons) of “water glass,” or sodium silicate, and another agent near…

Ivorian leader denies move to surrender

Wednesday, 6 April 2011, 11:42 am Press Release: Al Jazeera Ivorian leader denies move to surrender Laurent Gbagbo, Cote d’Ivoire’s incumbent president, said that the Ivorian army had called for a ceasefire but denied…

Libya: Rebel leader accuses Nato of failing civilians

The Libyan rebel commander, Gen Abdul Fattah Younis, has accused Nato of standing idly by while pro-Gaddafi forces kill people in Misrata. If Nato waited another week to intervene, the besieged city’s people faced extermination, he told…

Libya: Rebels set to export first oil shipment

The first export of oil from rebel-held areas of eastern Libya for almost three weeks is due to begin later. Libya’s opposition groups are making plans to load a tanker believed to have now docked at a terminal near Tobruk.

France says Gbagbo in talks over departure

Cote d’Ivoire’s incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo is negotiating his departure from power after several days of heavy fighting in Abidjan between his forces and those loyal to rival Alassane Ouattara, according to his government spokesman. “There are direct negotiations based on African Union recommendations which said Ouattara is president,”

Afghan policeman kills 2 U.S. soldiers

KABUL, Afghanistan – Two U.S. soldiers were shot to death by an Afghan police officer yesterday in northern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said. It was at least the third time this year that Afghan security personnel had turned on coalition soldiers. The shooting came after three days of…

Radiation in water rushing into sea tests millions of times over limit

Tokyo (CNN) — Japanese utility and government authorities suffered fresh setbacks Tuesday with the detection of radiation in a fish and news that water gushing from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the Pacific had radiation levels more than millions of times above the regulatory limit. Readings from samples taken Saturday in the concrete…

Final battle rages in Ivory Coast, forces close in

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast-United Nations and French forces closed in on Ivory Coast’s presidential palace early Tuesday after launching full assaults on the residence of the entrenched leader, the republican guard, two major military bases and state TV. Fighters aiming to topple strongman Laurent Gbagbo had succeeded in taking nearly the entire…

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World News Headlines of March 29

Carter in Cuba amid heightened US-Havana tension

Former US president Jimmy Carter launched a three-day mission in Cuba on Monday aimed at easing tensions with Havana, and raising hopes a jailed US government contractor may be freed. Carter, 86, is visiting the communist-run island at the invitation of the Cuban government for talks to help improve strained relations between Washington and…

Japan on ‘maximum alert’ over nuclear crisis: PM

Osaka: Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan today said his government is in a “state of maximum alert” over the crisis at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, Jiji Press reported. Kan told a lower house budget committee meeting that the situation “continues to be unpredictable” and that the government “will tackle the problem while in a state of…

Barack Obama defends US military intervention in Libya

US president gives speech to nation claiming US action has saved ‘countless lives’ – but rules out targeting Gaddafi Barack Obama said the US would ‘work with other nations to hasten the day when Gaddafi leaves power’.

US apologizes for more Afghan ‘kill team’ photos

WASHINGTON: The US military apologized again on Monday after Rolling Stone published more photos and videos of members of an alleged rogue army unit “kill team” accused of killing Afghan civilians for sport. A week after one soldier was jailed after striking a plea bargain to testify against the alleged ringleader, the weekly magazine published a…

Ivory Coast braced for final battle as city falls

Forces loyal to Ivory Coast’s internationally recognised President claimed yesterday to have seized an important city, an event that could mark the beginning of military operations in the West African country that has teetered for months on the brink of civil war.

West End Retailers Call For Protest Protection

London’s West End shops are calling for increased protection from protesters after shops were damaged and forced to close during Saturday’s massive cuts march. Many on Oxford Street and Piccadilly had to close their doors as a splinter group daubed paint on facades and smashed windows.

Berlusconi in court over tax fraud case

Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, has appeared at a court in Milan over allegations of tax fraud and breach of trust in his business interests. Prosecutors have accused the 74-year-old premier of fraud in the sale of film rights by his Mediaset company.

Libyan rebels target Gadhafi’s hometown

Beginning of Story Content Libya’s rebel forces closed in Monday on Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte, the gateway to the western half of the country, after it was targeted for the first time by international airstrikes. Witnesses in Sirte said that bombing was heard Sunday night and then again 6:30 a.m. local time, but there was no fighting in…

Japanese nuclear plant says partial meltdown caused water contamination

Incorrect radioactivity readings given by Fukushima officials were ‘absolutely unforgivable’, says government Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant: A partial meltdown of fuel rods caused high levels of radioactivity in a water leak at the No 2 reactor.

York Central MP Hugh Bayley insists Government will not be able to ignore London cuts protest

HUNDREDS of union members, councillors and campaigners from York and North and East Yorkshire joined the thousands of protesters in London marching against the Coalition Government’s spending cuts. Conflicting reports suggested the march, thought to be the largest gathering organised by the TUC in 30 years, was attended by between…

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World News Headlines of March 25

Deal set for NATO to lead Libya ‘no-fly ‘ mission

WASHINGTON – NATO will assume leadership from the United States of patrolling the skies over Libya, but the military alliance remains divided over who will command aggressive coalition airstrikes on Moammar Khadafy’s ground troops, NATO and US officials said yesterday. After a day of confusion and conflicting reports out of NATO headquarters in…

Egypt’s revolutionaries say abusive treatment persists

Egypt: Revolution in doubt? Cairo, Egypt (CNN) — “Where is the revolution going, the revolution that began in Tahrir Square?” asked a short brunette holding a microphone. “What happened to the revolution we created?” Human rights lawyer Ragia Omran repeated the question before a crowd of activists, concerned citizens and politicians from parties…

Video shows police in Manaus, Brazil, shooting teenage boy

FIVE police officers have been detained after Brazilian television released amateur video that shows officers repeatedly shooting a 14-year-old boy. The boy survived but was seriously…

BP’s deal with Rosneft on the verge of collapse

BP’s controversial $16bn share swap and arctic exploration deal with Russia’s Rosneft was thrown into disarray last night, with an independent arbitration panel ruling it could not go ahead. The ruling dealt a potentially fatal blow to BP’s most ambitious attempt to move beyond the crisis of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year.

NATO countries to enforce Libya no-fly zone

NATO countries have agreed to enforce a no-fly zone in Libya “to protect civilians” against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters. He said the military alliance’s mandate did not go beyond the no-fly zone but NATO could also act in self-defence.

Syria: President offers freedoms after forces kill 37

Deraa: President Bashar al-Assad made an unprecedented pledge of greater freedom and more prosperity to Syrians Thursday as anger mounted following a crackdown on protesters that left at least 37 dead. As an aide to Assad in Damascus read out a list of decrees, which included a possible end to 48 years of emergency rule, a human rights group said a…

Ex-Ukraine President Charged

Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine—Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma said he has been charged in the brutal slaying of an…

Portugal, Ireland woes dominate EU summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — Portugal’s political crisis and uncertainty over the true scale of problems at Irish banks dominated a summit of European Union leaders that was designed to finally put an end to the region’s crippling debt crisis. The summit was going to be the day for EU leaders to give their final approval to the overhaul of their crisis…

Workers suffer radiation poisoning

TWO emergency workers at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been admitted to hospital suffering from radiation injuries….

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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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World News Headlines of March 22

Split Allies Push On With Libya Airstrikes

By NATHAN HODGE in Washington, STEPHEN FIDLER in Brussels and SAM DAGHER in Tripoli The U.S. and its allies intensified air attacks against forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi Monday. Nathan Hodge has details from Washington and Sam Dagher reports from Tripoli, Libya. The U.S. and its allies worked to expand the protective shield in the skies over…

Israel air strikes wound 19 in Gaza Strip

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel launched air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Monday, wounding at least 19 people, after militants fired mortar shells and rockets into the Jewish state, witnesses and militant groups said. The number of raids and casualties in one evening showed the rising tension between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza….

Guatemala’s Alvaro Colom to divorce wife Sandra Torres

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom and his wife Sandra Torres have filed for divorce so she can stand for election to succeed him, officials say. Ms Torres announced she would be the governing party candidate in September’s presidential election earlier…

Latin America faces big challenges – Obama

SANTIAGO, Chile – Reaching out to a vast but overshadowed region, President Barack Obama called Latin America a rising giant in the world that must live up to greater responsibilities and speak up for those whose rights are crushed. Firming up his “new era of partnership” with the peoples of South and Central America, Obama made his…

U.S. intends to step back in Libya mission, but timing uncertain

Obama explains U.S. role in Libya (CNN) — The unique military capabilities of the United States made it the leader of initial coalition attacks on Libya in order to establish a no-fly zone and halt Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, but the mission will soon shift to control by NATO or others with participation by Arab nations, U.S. officials insist.

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Medvedev rejects Putin ‘crusade’ remark over Libya

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev has said Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s description of the UN resolution on Libya is “unacceptable”. The rare rebuke came hours after Mr Putin criticised the resolution, which authorised military action to protect Libyan civilians.

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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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World News Headlines of March 20

Japan tragedy seared into the world’s imagination

TOKYO-There are events in history that sear themselves into the world’s collective imagination, and enter the realm where myth meets heartbreaking reality. Japan’s tragedy is one of those events. Already, it seems reasonable to surmise it could prove one of the most significant calamities of our time — one that shapes policies, economies, even…

Allies Hit Libya

U.S., Britain, France target Gadhafi forces with air strikes By Ryan Lucas and Hadeel Al-Shalchi Associated Press BENGHAZI, Libya – The United States and European nations pounded Libya with cruise missiles and air strikes targeting Moammar Gadhafi’s forces Saturday, launching the broadest international military effort since the Iraq war in support…

Obama launches Latin America tour in Brazil

Brasilia: US President Barack Obama was given a red-carpet welcome to Brazil on Saturday beginning a five-day Latin American trip as United Nations-backed military strikes against Libya seemed imminent. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff greeted Obama, who received full honours including a 21-gun salute when he and First Lady Michelle Obama entered…

World leaders launch military action in Libya

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said after an emergency summit in Paris that French jets were already targeting Kadafi’s forces….

Libya Rebels Shoot Down Warplane Bombing Their Stronghold

BENGHAZI, Libya — Moammar Gadhafi took advantage of international indecision to attack the heart of the 5-week-old uprising on Saturday, sending troops, tanks and warplanes to swarm the first city seized by the rebels. Crashing shells shook buildings, and the sounds of battle drew closer to Benghazi’s center. “Where is France, where is NATO?”…

Egyptians Vote in Constitutional Referendum

By MATT BRADLEY and MATTHEW ROSENBERG CAIRO—An early test of Egypt’s emerging democracy began Saturday as Egyptians thronged polls to cast ballots in a constitutional referendum—a vote that, for the first time in decades, offered people a chance to take part in an election with a result that was far from pre-determined. Long and orderly…

U.S. vows support for UN Libya plan

WASHINGTON — As Western powers and Arab allies prepared to meet today for an emergency summit on Libya, President Barack Obama pledged to support a U.N.-backed military campaign against Moammar Gadhafi but said that he wouldn’t send troops to Libyan soil or take over the operation. Obama’s comments, a day after the U.N. Security Council authorized…

Race is on to restart Japan reactor cooling systems

TOKYO — Scrambling to corral a widening crisis, engineers linked a power cable to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station early today as they struggled to restart systems designed to prevent overheating and keep radiation from escaping. The Tokyo Electric Power Co., which runs the station 140 miles north of the capital, said it hoped…

Obama gives ultimatum to Gaddafi, urging immediate cease-fire+

WASHINGTON, March 18 (AP) – (Kyodo)—U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday presented an effective ultimatum to embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, calling for implementing a cease-fire immediately in line with a U.N. Security Council…

Libya conflict sees Britain accused of launching ‘new war’ in Middle East

Stop the War Coalition say airstrikes by UK and US will strengthen, not weaken Muammar Gaddafi’s position Labour MP John McDonnell has ‘grave and serious’ concerns over the use of force by western powers in the region.

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