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Fukushima crisis: ‘Ice wall’ test to begin soon

Tweet Tokyo, Sep 5 (IANS) The Japanese government will soon begin a test to surround the leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant with an ‘ice wall’ to arrest the flow of contaminated groundwater, government officials confirmed Thursday. The feasibility test will start by mid-October at the earliest and will involve driving steel pipes 30 metres deep into the soil near ...

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Ready for war? Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin set to lock horns over Syria at …

Vladimir Putin welcomes President Barack Obama and the other heads of the world’s leading and emerging nations to a G20 summit in St Petersburg tomorrow morning. The event will crackle with tensions over the case for punitive strikes against Syria for allegedly using chemical weapons against its own people. The stage may be set for one of the most awkward ...

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Kerry makes case to House for action in Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry says that when chemical weapons were used in Syria last spring, President Obama did not have a “compelling” enough case to push for a U.S. military response. Testifying to the House Foreign Affairs Committee today, Kerry said that while Obama didn’t have a strong enough case then, it does now after the Aug. 21…

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New Malian President Keita promises unity and peace

Mali’s newly sworn in leader Ibrahim Boubacar Keita pledged on Wednesday (03.09.2013) to unite the deeply divided West African nation. Keita’s inauguration marks a return to civilian rule following a coup in March, 2012. ‘IBK’ as he is popularly known, also promised to bring peace to Mali, after months of political crisis and conflict that threatened to tear the country ...

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Attacks on security forces kill 12 in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Bombings and shootings targeting security forces across Iraq killed at least 12 people Wednesday, officials said, as authorities found the bodies of 16 people killed in an attack overnight on two Shiite families south of Baghdad. The assault on the two families raised Tuesday’s death toll in violence across the country to at least 83 people killed. ...

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Egypt interim govt committed to poll timetable

CAIRO – Egypt’s interim president Adly Mansour on Tuesday vowed his government will stick to a timetable for elections next year and hoped to lift a state of emergency in mid-September. Mansour, in his first television interview since the military appointed him on ousting president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, added that Egypt was facing “terrorism” that was hampering investment ...

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Putin warns US against one-sided Syria action

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has warned the US against taking one-sided action in Syria, but has also said that Russia “doesn’t exclude” the possibility of supporting a UN resolution authorising military strikes. He says that such an endorsement would require “convincing” evidence that President Bashar al-Assad’s government used chemical weapons against citizens. He also says the currently available evidence ...

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Strong Quake Shakes Tokyo Area; No Damage Seen

TOKYO — A strong earthquake has shaken the Tokyo area and eastern Japan, though no injuries or damage was immediately reported. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake early Wednesday registered a magnitude of 6.9 but was centered offshore near Torishima, part of the Izu Islands about 600 kilometers (370 miles) south of Tokyo. Despite the remoteness of the…

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Fort Hood Shooter Forcibly Shaved in Prison

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — The Army psychiatrist sentenced to death for the Fort Hood shooting rampage has been forcibly shaved. Maj. Nidal Hasan began growing a beard in the years after the November 2009 shooting that left 13 dead and 30 wounded. The beard prompted delays to his court-martial because it violated Army grooming regulations. Hasan is at…

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