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18.03.2011

UN okays no-fly zone and bombing of Libya

The United Nations Security Council has given the green light for a no-fly zone over Libya. The measure includes an authorisation of air strikes against Libyan army facilities to stop Colonel Gaddafi's regime from attacking opposition protesters. A UN spokesperson said that a majority of the 15-member council is agreeing to a no-fly zone in order to protect civilians in Libya. »

16.03.2011

Fukushima’s heroes

The 50 people still working at Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor are not "being sacrificed", Dutch nuclear researcher Folkert Draaisma says. It's not like Chernobyl, where workers were sent in without protection, he adds. The 50 engineers hold the future of hundreds of thousands of people in their hands. The levels of radiation they are braving have made them heroes to many. »

14.03.2011

Second explosion at Japan nuclear plant

Nine people have been injured in a second blast at Japan’s Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant. The explosion at the plant’s number three reactor destroyed a wall and sent a plume of smoke billowing into the sky. On Saturday, the building surrounding the plant’s number one reactor was blown apart but the seal around the reactor was not damaged. »

13.03.2011

Japan Disaster May Hold Lessons for Haves and Have-Nots

Over 45 countries, ranging from sophisticated economies to developing nations, were actively considering embarking upon nuclear power programmes. Whether the shocking experience Japan is undergoing despite its hi-tec reactors, will have impact policy makers in countries striving to build atomic power plants and others which already have these, remains to be seen. »

12.03.2011

Nuclear emergency in Japan after quake and tsunami

An explosion has occurred at a nuclear power plant in Japan in the wake of massive earthquake and tsunami. The blast left four workers injured and raised fears of a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi complex, just 250 kilometers northeast of Tokyo. Reactor cooling systems failed at the plant, triggering the explosion which destroyed walls and roof of facility. »

05.03.2011

Libya opposition meets as deadly clashes rage

The Libyan opposition fighting to overthrow Moamer Kadhafi announced its first formal meeting Saturday as it counted its dead from fighting for a key oil town and clashes raged in a city near the capital. Kadhafi loyalists rained tank shells and machine gun fire on Zawiyah, 60 kilometres west of Tripoli, as they sought to wrest the city center back from opposition supporters. »

03.03.2011

Mubarak ally quits as Egyptian PM

Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq resigned unexpectedly, sparking celebrations from protesters who demand a purge of the remnants of ousted president Hosni Mubarak's regime. The country's military rulers said he would be replaced by Essam Sharaf, a former transport minister who joined the rallies in Cairo's Tahrir Square that led to Mubarak's resignation on February 11. »

01.03.2011

Huge demo in Yemen capital as Saleh blames US, Israel

Huge crowds poured onto the streets of the Yemeni capital in what the opposition hailed as the biggest protest yet against the President three-decade rule. The veteran leader, whose supporters staged a large counter-demonstration, dismissed the opposition rally as a copycat action mimicking protests in other Arab countries that he charged had been fanned by Israel and the US. »

27.02.2011

Libya exodus ’emergency’ as Asian workers land in Malta

The UN refugee agency on Sunday said a "humanitarian emergency" was underway as thousands fled Libya in a mass exodus of foreigners from the strife-torn country by air, land and sea. "We call upon the international community to respond quickly and generously to enable these governments to cope with this humanitarian emergency," said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. »

27.02.2011

Anti-regime forces take west Libyan towns

Forces opposed to Kadhafi took control of several western Libyan towns, an official said on Sunday as the strongman played down rebel gains after world leaders called on him to quit. Protest leaders established a transitional "national council" in several eastern and western cities seized from the Kadhafi regime and called on the army to help them take the capital Tripoli. »

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