TOKYO/FUKUSHIMA: High radiation has seeped into groundwater under the crisis-hit Fukushima nuclear plant, authorities said today, as Japanese and US troops launched an intensive air and sea search for thousands of people who remained unaccounted for after the March 11 quake and tsunami.Read More »
LONDON: Fear of radiation is preventing the authorities from collecting the bodies of about 1,000 victims of the March 11 Japan earthquake and ensuing tsunami.Read More »
KUALA LUMPUR: With its key ethnic Indian partner on Friday postponing organisational polls, Malaysia’s ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) alliance is preparing for a general election likely this year.Read More »
ABIBJAN: Heavy fighting broke out near the residence of Mr Laurent Gbagbo overnight in what a resident today described as a possible final assault on Ivory Coast’s strongman.Read More »
TOKYO/FUKUSHIMA: The Japanese Premier, Mr Naoto Kan today favoured decommissioning the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant as radiation seeping into sea from the crippled facility tested 4,385 times higher than the legal limit, amid mounting pressure on the government to expand the evacuation zone.Read More »
LONDON: In the first defection by a key aide of the Libyan leader, Mr Muammar Gaddafi to West, the Foreign Minister, Mr Moussa Koussa arrived unexpectedly in Britain and the Foreign Secretary, Mr William Hague declared that the Libyan regime was “crumbling from within”.Read More »
DHAKA: Bangladesh is mulling limiting the President’s sweeping powers to declare emergency and promulgate key ordinances under caretaker governments which are installed every five years to conduct general elections.Read More »
BANGKOK: MORE than 200 Australian travellers have been stranded in southern Thailand as mudslides and floodwaters claimed more than a dozen lives in eight provinces.Read More »
TOKYO/FUKUSHIMA: Japanese government today blasted the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant for its “absolutely unacceptable” mistake of giving an extremely high radiation reading, as engineers battled to contain the country’s worst atomic crisis.Read More »
AMMAN: Jordan’s Lower House has said it absolutely rejects calls see King downgrading constitutional authorities of King Abdullah II.
Stating the king receives his powers from the constitution, the 120-member lower house Sunday said it will work to ensure that the king remains “powerful” to preserve the Jordanian identity and the constitution, Xinhua reported.