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Most Japan voters want new PM

TOKYO: Most Japanese want a new prime minister to lead the massive rebuilding needed after last month’s earthquake and tsunami, newspaper polls showed on Monday, as the head of government was again scolded in parliament for his handling of the disaster.

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TEPCO nuclear plant operator promises compensation

TOKYO/FUKUSHIMA: Japanese government today ordered the embattled operator of radiation-leaking Fukushima nuclear plant to urgently pay USD 12,000 in provisional compensation to each of 50,000 affected households near the facility, amid frantic efforts to tackle the atomic crisis.

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South African town gets first Gandhi statue

JOHANNESBURG: Lenasia, the predominantly Indian suburb in south of the city, now has its first statue of Mahatma Gandhi, more than half-a-century after the area was developed by the South Africa’s apartheid government to settle all the Indians of the capital.

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Gaddafi must go for good: France, US, UK

NEW YORK: The NATO forces would continue their action in Libya until the Libyan Leader, Mr Muammar Gadhafi is in power and a Libyan future including the strongman is “unthinkable”, the leaders of France, US and UK have said.

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Japanese police launch search for tsunami victims near nuclear plant

TOKYO/FUKUSHIMA: As workers at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant continued to remove highly toxic water from reactors, hundreds of Japanese police personnel in protective gear today launched a massive search for tsunami victims in a 10-km zone around the radiation-leaking complex for the first time.

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Rome mayor receives bullet through mail

ROME: The Rome’s conservative mayor, Mr Gianni Alemanno received a letter and a bullet through the mail at his office in the town hall.
 The typed letter was said to have been signed ‘The Armed Patriotic Groups’ (GAP) and was posted to Mr Alemanno with the bullet inside a yellow envelope. The items were being examined by police forensic experts.

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Muslim leaders condemn burqa ban in France

PARIS: Condemning the ban imposed on ‘burqa’ in France, Muslim leaders and clerics today said the “undemocratic” move violates basic human rights and appealed to the government to raise the issue with the European nation.

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Counting begins after Nigeria parliamentary polls

ABUJA: Nigeria today started counting votes of the April 9 parliamentary elections, even as isolated poll violence killed at least 10 people and wounded several others during the polls, in Africa’s most populous nation.

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Kan visits tsunami-devastated northeast, pledges all assistance

TOKYO/FUKUSHIMA: Surveying the tsunami- ravaged northeast for the third time since the disaster struck a month ago, the Japanese Premier, Mr Naoto Kan today pledged all assistance to rebuild the region, where the radiation-leaking Fukushima nuclear plant is yet to be stabilised.

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