Breaking: Japan fears reactor core
breach<http://www.presstv.ir/detail/171556.html> --Japan's government
says the reactor core at one unit of Fukushima nuclear plant may
have fissured. 25 Mar 2011 Japanese officials have expressed alarm
over a possible fracture of a reactor core at one unit [Unit 3] of
the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Japanese nuclear
safety officials raised the possibility of more severe environmental
contamination on Friday with their latest announcement on the
country's nuclear crisis. "It is possible that somewhere at the
reactor may have been damaged," AP quoted Hidehiko Nishiyama, a
spokesman for the nuclear safety agency, as saying.
Japan death toll tops 10,000 as plant keeps
keeps-fuming> 25 Mar 2011 The death toll from Japan's worst post-war
disaster topped 10,000 Friday as the operator of a radiation-belching
nuclear plant warned that work to stabilise it may take another
month... The focus of Japan's fears remained the six-reactor Fukushima
nuclear plant northeast of Tokyo, which was still emitting radioactive
vapour that has made Tokyo drinking water unsafe for infants and
sparked a global food scare.
More Japanese crew exposed to
24 Mar 2011 Three technicians working at the stricken Fukushima
Daiichi nuclear power station were exposed to potentially dangerous
radiation on Thursday, bringing the number injured to 17. The almost
300 members of the workforce at the nuclear facility are fast
becoming national heroes for their efforts to make safe the facility,
which is in an evacuation zone. Tokyo Electric Power, operator of
the damaged facility, said two of the workers had been sent to
hospital for decontamination after contact with radioactive water.
Tepco Ordered to Improve Radiation Monitoring at Crippled
diation-monitoring-at-crippled-plant.html> 24 Mar 2011 Japan ordered
Tokyo Electric Power Co. to improve monitoring at the damaged
Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant after two workers were hospitalized
yesterday suffering from radiation burns. The men were injured after
stepping in water with radiation levels 10,000 higher than water
used in reactor cooling, Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for Japans
nuclear safety industry, said in Tokyo today. Tokyo Electric plans
to drain radioactive water from the turbine building of the No.
3 unit where the accident occurred, spokesman Osamu Yokokura said.
Japan expands nuclear plant's evacuation
-20110326,0,5763742.story> --Residents within 18 miles of the hobbled
Fukushima plant are urged to leave; the previous limit had been 12
miles. 25 Mar 2011 Japan's government Friday urged residents living
within 18 miles of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant to
voluntarily evacuate to avoid further hardship and suggested that
officials could order the zone cleared.
Residents living within 12 miles of the plant have been evacuated,
yet those living between 12 and 18 miles of the facility have been
told it is safe to remain as long as they stay indoors.
Military families evacuated from Japan arrive at
-arrive-at-DIA-> 24 Mar 2011 To cheers and applause, exhausted and
weary travelers walked into a hanger at Denver International Airport
Since the first flight on March 19, including the flight into Denver
on Thursday, 3,952 people have left various U.S. military installations
Stacey Knott with NORAD and U.S. Northern Command told 9NEWS the
U.S. Army North is handling the operation.
Agents can delay Miranda warnings in some
xAMH1bQ> --The FBI guidance was issued months after Attorney General
Eric Holder offered to work with Congress on a law that would let
law enforcement delay constitutional Miranda warnings to terror
suspects. 24 Mar 2011 After being criticized for providing Miranda
warnings in terrorism cases, the FBI has reminded its agents that
in some instances they can question terrorist suspects without
immediately reading them their rights. The Justice Department said
Thursday the FBI guidance issued late last year was a reminder that
investigators can delay telling suspects of their rights to an
attorney and to remain silent when there is immediate concern for
the safety of the public.
Rights Are Curtailed for Terror
19898.html> 24 Mar 2011 New rules allow investigators to hold
domestic-terror suspects longer than others without giving them a
Miranda warning, significantly expanding exceptions to the instructions
that have governed the handling of criminal suspects for more than
four decades. The move is one of the Obama administration's most
significant revisions to rules governing the investigation of terror
suspects in the U.S. And it potentially opens a new political tussle
over national security policy, as the administration marks another
step back from pre-election criticism of unorthodox counterterror
methods. [Once again, Obama has out-Bushed Bush.]
Libya: US May Arm Anti-Gaddafi
Rebels<http://news.sky.com/skynews/Article/201009115959909> 25 Mar
2011 Western diplomatic sources have confirmed to Sky News that the
US is considering the legality of arming the Libyan rebels. Sky
News now understands the US is looking at a legal framework to allow
limited supplies of arms to the rebels, if they can prove they need
them to defend themselves from attack.
Mark Kornblau, spokesman for US Ambassador Dr Susan Rice, confirmed
it was a possibility.
NATO to Run No-Fly Zone as U.S.-Led Force Hits Qaddafi
-s-led-force-hits-qaddafi-army.html> 25 Mar 2011 NATO agreed to
take command of the Libya no-fly zone without assuming responsibility
for air strikes against Libyan military targets that sparked discord
within the 28-nation alliance. The agreement among members of the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization means the U.S. will likely stay
in charge of the attacks on Muammar Qaddafis ground forces, which
continued overnight. Explosions were heard in the capital, Tripoli,
before daybreak today, apparently from air strikes, the Associated
NATO to take charge of Libya no-fly
zone<http://www.presstv.ir/detail/171540.html> 25 Mar 2011 The NATO
secretary general says the 28-member coalition has agreed to take
control of enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya while the US remains
in charge of military operations.
The decision comes as the director of the US military's Joint Staff,
Vice Admiral Bill Gortney, had said earlier on Thursday that
Washington was working to hand over leadership of the coalition
policing a no-fly zone over Libya to some other entity.
Libya: Nato Takes Over Amid More
/201103415959921> 25 Mar 2011 Western warplanes are continuing to
bombard targets deep inside Libya - as Nato has agreed to take over
enforcement of the no-fly zone over the country. The UK Foreign
Office said British Tornado GR4 aircraft took part in a co-ordinated
missile strike against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces. "The Tornado
aircraft launched a number of guided Brimstone missiles at Libyan
armoured vehicles which were threatening the civilian population
of Ajdabiyah," Defence Minister Liam Fox said in a statement.
US remains military muscle in Libya
jSQIqLX9pVQ> 25 Mar 2011 The United States stepped aside to allow
NATO to run Libya no-fly operations, but the US military's enormous
strike power remains the real muscle behind the coalition effort.
Having held back before plunging into a mission with ill-defined
objectives, Washington took the reins Saturday of a coalition tasked
rather ambiguously with using "all necessary measures"
to protect Libyan civilians.
'Over 350 planes in US-led Libya
war'<http://www.presstv.ir/detail/171534.html> 24 Mar 2011 More
than 350 aircraft are participating in the US-led campaign of
military airstrikes against Libya, a US official says. "More than
350 aircraft are involved in some capacity. Only slightly more than
half belong to the United States." AFP quoted US Navy Vice Admiral
William Gortney as saying on Thursday at a Pentagon briefing. As
the Western alliance's military operations entered its six day on
Thursday Gortney added, "It's fair to say the coalition is growing
in both size and capability every day."
Libyan plane and tanks destroyed by allied
-jets> --Trainer plane hit by French rocket while landing as Tripoli
claims almost 100 civilians killed 24 Mar 2011 French fighter jets
have destroyed a Libyan plane in the coastal city of Misrata in the
first enforcement of the no-fly zone imposed by the UN to try to
halt Muammar Gaddafi's anti-rebel offensive. Allied aircraft hit
Libyan tanks on the outskirts of Misrata, but other armoured units
continued to operate in the city, a key target for government forces.
The Libyan plane, a training aircraft, was destroyed by a missile
as it landed after being spotted by patrolling French Rafale fighters.
In Tripoli, a government spokesman said close to 100 civilians had
been killed in five nights of allied strikes.
Riot erupts at Iraq detention
ntion-centre/Article1-677247.aspx> 24 Mar 2011 A riot erupted in a
temporary detention centre in central Baghdad on Thursday, an
Interior Ministry source said, and authorities called for back-up
to help calm the situation. Around 13 ambulances and about 30
anti-riot vehicles carrying fully equipped police entered the Rusafa
detention centre in western Baghdad, reports said. The reporter
said other police and army vehicles had also surrounded the centre,
which is a holding facility for people who have not yet been charged
with crimes or for those who have undergone trial and are to be
released from prison. [Saddam Hussein: *Clearly* the better deal.]
331 US officials may leave Pakistan under secret deal over
secret-deal-over-davis/766774/> 24 Mar 2011 A total of 331 US
officials in Pakistan, most of them suspected of engaging in espionage
under diplomatic cover, have been "identified to leave the country"
under a secret deal between the two sides for release of American
national Raymond Davis, a media report said on Thursday. Pakistani
authorities have agreed not to declare these US officials "persona
non grata" if they voluntarily leave the country within a stipulated
time, 'The Express Tribune' quoted unnamed sources as saying.
Pakistanis protest US drone
attacks<http://www.presstv.ir/detail/171472.html> 24 Mar 2011
Pakistani demonstrators have rallied against unauthorized US drone
attacks on the Afghan-Pakistani border amid ongoing instability in
the country's tribal regions. At least 800 activists of Pukhtoon
Students Federation (PSF), along with local tribesmen, gathered in
the city of Dera Ismail Khan in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province to
condemn the attacks on the northwestern Waziristan region that have
claimed hundreds of lives so far, a Press TV correspondent reported
Minister's apology for soldiers' Facebook insults about
4> 25 Mar 2011 Defence Minister Stephen Smith has personally
apologised to his Afghan counterpart for the conduct of Australian
soldiers, who described Afghan locals in derogatory terms in Facebook
messages. Mr Smith said the conduct of a small number of Australian
soldiers had "brought the armed forces into disrepute". He said
he'd contacted Afghan Foreign Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak over the
offensive posts. "I apologised to him on behalf of Australia,"
Mr Smith told ABC radio.
Defence chiefs angered by racist Facebook
Mar 2011 (AU) ASHLEY HALL: The Defence Minister Stephen Smith says
he's apologised to the Afghan government for the racist and derogatory
remarks made by some Australian soldiers serving in Afghanistan.
The Chief of the Defence Force says he was shocked, appalled and
embarrassed by the comments and videos posted on the social networking
site Facebook. Defence has launched an investigation and those
responsible are being warned they could be sent home.
NATO probes claim it killed Afghan
killed-Afghan-child/UPI-52831301013521/> 24 Mar 2011 NATO said
Thursday it will investigate a police claim a NATO helicopter gunship
targeting [alleged] terrorists killed a child in the eastern Afghan
Khost province. Coalition forces opened fire from the attack
helicopter on a car carrying a group of suspected 'Haqqani network
terrorists' Wednesday but accidentally hit another vehicle, killing
the child, Khost Police Chief Abdul Hakim Esahaqaai told reporters.
Two British troops killed in Afghan
WGYY5NIhNg> 24 Mar 2011 Two British soldiers have been killed by a
roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan just six days before they
were due to return home, the Ministry of Defence said on Thursday.
The blast on Wednesday hit the troops from 1st Battalion Irish
Guards as they returned from an operation with Afghan and Danish
troops in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand province, it said.
Yemen shuts down
-jazeera/story-e6frf7jx-1226027119131> 24 Mar 2011 Authorities in
Yemen, which has been hit by two months of anti-regime protests,
overnight closed down the offices of Al-Jazeera, the Arab satellite
news channel said. The Doha-based television, in a strapline on
screen, said its offices in Sanaa were closed and press accreditation
withdrawn of its staff in Yemen, which has heavily criticised the
channel's coverage of the unrest. Yemen, which has also accused
Al-Jazeera of bias in favour of the demonstrators, last Saturday
ordered two Al-Jazeera correspondents to leave the country, saying
they were working illegally and had acted unprofessionally.
Terror police treated us like second class citizens, say Rochdale
25 Mar 2011 (UK) ...Ahmed's passport and back bag were temporarily
confiscated as he was led away from his family to a room where plain
clothed officers informed him that he was being stopped under Section
7 of the Terrorism Act. Despite wearing only a T-shirt and shorts
and having just disembarked from a plane he was searched for "his
own safety". Ahmed says none of the officers identified themselves
and that when he asked for their ID "only one of them said he was
an Anti-terrorist police officer and showed me a badge but his name
was obscured by a sticker."
U.S. court validates spying fears of journalists,
ing-fears-of-journalists-activists/article1952268/> 22 Mar 2011
Fearing that a powerful U.S. spy agency is listening in, a group
of activists and journalists has persuaded a New York appeals court
that it is reasonable to assume their phone and e-mail conversations
are being monitored. The ruling finds that new U.S. surveillance
laws are so broad as to compel certain professionals to protect
their sensitive conversations. Otherwise, their dialogues with
sources - such as radicals, dissidents and alleged terrorists
overseas - might well be overheard.
Metro to install security cameras at station
as-at-station-entrances/2011/03/24/ABPgXgRB_story.html> 24 Mar 2011
(DC) Metro plans to install 153 security cameras at the entrances
of its rail stations and is also considering recruiting auxiliary
police officers to improve security, Metro Transit Police Chief
Michael Taborn said Thursday. The cameras, funded by a $2.8 million
grant from the Department of Homeland Security, will allow police
to monitor station entrances 24 hours a day, Taborn said. They will
assist with managing crowds and with capturing evidence of crimes
and will be installed over the next six months to a year, he said.
South Dakota law requires 3-day abortion
E72L65320110322> 22 Mar 2011 South Dakota's governor signed into
law on Tuesday the longest abortion waiting period in the nation
at 72 hours, and opponents immediately promised a legal challenge
to stop it from going into effect. The law signed by Republican
Gov. Dennis Daugaard also requires a woman to submit to counseling
to ensure her decision to have an abortion is "voluntary, uncoerced,
and informed." The new law is one of many abortion curbs being
pushed by conservative [Reichwing] lawmakers in dozens of states
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Previous lead stories: 3 nuclear workers hospitalized in
Japan<http://www.presstv.ir/detail/171439.html> 24 Mar 2011 Three
workers at reactor 3 of Japan's Fukushima Prefecture have been taken
to hospital for radiation, while the nuclear crisis keeps high the
life-threatening concerns of the disaster. Japan's nuclear safety
agency said the workers of the Fukushima Daiichi plant were
hospitalized after being exposed to radiation, AFP reported Thursday.
Special Forces may have role in
le-in.html> --N.C. troops could see action 24 Mar 2011 While U.S.
military involvement in Libya has been limited to strikes from the
air and sea, analysts say it's possible that U.S. Special Forces
soldiers could become involved in the conflict. Retired Gen. Dan
McNeill, a former commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division
and 18th Airborne Corps, said he trusts the Obama administration's
assertion that there will be no ground invasion.
But analysts say the use of Special Forces soldiers is an option.
US Soldier Jailed For Killing Afghan
Mar 2011 A U.S. soldier was sentenced to 24 years in prison on
Wednesday after he pleaded guilty at his court martial to killing
three unarmed civilians in Afghanistan's Kandahar province between
January and May last year. Specialist Jeremy Morlock had pleaded
guilty to three counts of murder and one count each of conspiracy,
obstructing justice and illegal drug use under a deal reached with
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