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Japan to shut nuke reactors after 40 years of use

TOKYO (AP) — Japan says it will soon require atomic reactors to be shut down after 40 years of use to improve safety following the nuclear crisis set off by last year’s tsunami. Concern about aging reactors has been growing because the three units at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in northeastern Japan that went into meltdown following the tsunami in ...

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Docs: Argentine leader’s thyroid wasn’t cancerous

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine President Cristina Fernandez didn’t have cancer after all. After having some of Argentina’s leading cancer surgeons completely remove her thyroid gland, tests showed no presence of any cancerous cells in the tissue, presidential spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro said Saturday. “The Presidential Medical Unit has the satisfaction of communicating that the team at the Austral University ...

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US reaches out to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

SHARE AND DISCUSSTweet WASHINGTON: A once reluctant United States is reaching out to the Muslim Brotherhood in a nod to Egypt’s new political reality, but concerns linger about the group’s attitude toward minorities, women and the peace treaty with Israel. In the wake of president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster last February, the Freedom and Justice Party, the Brotherhood’s political arm, has ...

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Arab ministers to discuss Syria mission

Arab League foreign ministers are due to meet in Cairo on Sunday to discuss Arab monitors’ mission in Syria and whether Damascus is honouring its pledge to end a 10-month-old crackdown on unrest and protests. During the meeting, the Arab mission will issue its first findings and its chief Lt General Mohamed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi is scheduled to give his ...

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Eurozone debt doubts drag euro down

The euro has sunk to a more than one-year low against the dollar and hit an 11-year low versus the yen amid concerns over Europe’s debt crisis as Italy and Spain came under intense pressure on the markets. The 17-nation currency fell as low as $1.2775 on Thursday, its weakest level since September 2010. Spain said it banks would need ...

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Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize Awarded To His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Bodh Gaya, India: Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, awarded His Holiness the 14th the Dalai Lama of Tibet with the ‘Gandhi Award’ on Wednesday, January 4th. The spiritual leader of Tibet, whose efforts towards peace building have been lauded the world over, is currently in the city for the annual Kalachakra teachings. ...

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11 people dead in New Zealand after hot-air balloon catches fire

A HOT-air balloon burst into flames and crashed to the ground in New Zealand today, killing all 11 people aboard, after hitting a power line. The balloon came down in calm weather near Carterton, a small town north of the capital Wellington and a popular area for ballooning, in New Zealand’s worst aviation disaster in more than 30 years. "It ...

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Ex-rebel official hopeful about Libya’s transition

WASHINGTON – As fighting among militias in Libya continues, the country’s former finance and oil minister said Thursday that a strong presidential system was crucial to provide stability following the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi. Ali Tarhouni, who left his post in Libya’s National Transitional Council last fall, said that the country will remain in limbo until elections this summer but ...

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