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Japan orders ‘stress tests’ of nuclear plants

Japan has said it will run “stress tests” on all its nuclear reactors in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi atomic accident sparked by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. The ongoing crisis, the world’s worst atomic accident since Chernobyl 25 years ago, has ignited debate in Japan about the safety of nuclear power, which before the disaster accounted for ...

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Phone-Hacking Allegations Rattle News Corp. Tabloid

By PAUL SONNE and CASSELL BRYAN-LOW LONDON—News Corp.’s tabloid reporting scandal swelled anew Tuesday, as allegations about the possible hacking of a dead teenager’s phone unleashed public outrage and placed the company’s top U.K. newspaper executive in the hot seat. View Full Image Press Association/Associated Press News International’s Rebekah Brooks previously ran News of the World. News Corp. has been ...

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Christine Lagarde to start at IMF

Christine Lagarde, France’s former finance minister, takes over as head of the International Monetary Fund later. The first woman to head the IMF, she was picked by its 24-member board. The post became vacant after the resignation of Dominique Strauss-Kahn following his arrest in New York in May. He denies sexual assault charges. Ms Lagarde beat Mexico’s Agustin Carstens to ...

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The ‘changing’ face of al-Qaeda

According to terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna, Ayman al-Zawahiri is even more lethal than Osama bin Laden. ‘Goal-orientated, systematic, secretive and forward thinking’, Zawahiri’s accession as al-Qaeda’s leader marks the return of al-Qaeda with a vengeance. Certainly, Zawahiri has applied his discipline and notable intellect to the cause of jihad since he was 16 years old. A prolific propagandist, he has ...

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Srebrenica victims win case against Netherlands

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Appeals judges have ruled that the Dutch state was responsible for the deaths of three Bosnian Muslim men during the Srebrenica massacre and ordered the government to pay compensation to their relatives. The landmark ruling could open the path to other compensation claims by victims who claim they should have been protected by Dutch United Nations ...

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Japan’s reconstruction minister resigns after offending tsunami victims

Ryu Matsumoto steps down after threatening funding would be withheld unless local leaders came up with workable plans Ryu Matsumoto was filmed criticising the governor of tsunami-hit region and saying the government would not help the north-west unless local leaders came to a consensus over reconstruction. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA Japan’s minister in charge of overseeing the reconstruction of the country’s ...

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Telangana lawmakers head for Parliament to submit resignations

New Delhi, July 4 (ANI): Congress lawmakers from the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh left for Parliament on Monday to submit their resignations to the Speaker of the Lok Sabha Meira Kumar and the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha Mohammad Hamid Ansari.  The lawmakers are demanding the creation of a separate state of Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh….

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Back in Venezuela, Chavez vows to win cancer battle

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s ever-theatrical President Hugo Chavez made a surprise homecoming on Monday after cancer surgery in Cuba, thrilling supporters with an emotional pledge to win the fight to regain his health. His voice straining at times, Chavez told a crowd of thousands gathered outside the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas he still needed strict medical treatment. “Let nobody ...

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