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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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Israel vows ‘most harsh’ response

JERUSALEM: Israel today vowed to respond “most harshly” if Gaza-based militant outfits continued to fire rocket and mortar shells in its southern territories, as an informal ceasefire between the two sides appeared in sight following the death of 19 Palestinians in Israeli pounding of the coastal Strip.

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26/11 case: Pak court adjourns trial of suspects till April 16

ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court Saturday adjourned the trial of LeT’s Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six other suspects charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks till April 16 after hearing arguments on an application filed by defence lawyers to expedite the proceedings.

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Steel wall being built to prevent radiation in Pacific

TOKYO/FUKUSHIMA: Workers racing against time are building a wall of steel and enclosing materials in the sea Saturday, just outside the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant to prevent radioactive water seeping into the Pacific Ocean.

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Pre-election violence claims 9 lives in Nigeria

ABUJA: At least nine people were killed in a bomb blast at Nigeria’s electoral commission office and an attack on post storing polling materials on the eve of parliamentary polls, officials said here.

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17 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes in three days

JERUSALEM/GAZA: At least 17 Palestinians, six of them civilians, have been killed in the Israeli pounding of the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip since Thursday in the bloodiest escalation since the two sides agreed to an informal ceasefire more than two years ago.

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4 killed in strongest aftershock in Japan

TOKYO/FUKUSHIMA: At least four people were killed and 140 injured in the most powerful aftershock that jolted Japan since the devastating March 11 quake and tsunami, heightening concerns over the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant where engineers battled hard to tackle an atomic crisis.

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50 militants killed in Pak tribal belt

ISLAMABAD: Backed by fighter jets and artillery, Pakistan security forces attacked Taliban hideouts in the country’s restive tribal belt, killing at least 50 militants while losing four of their own men, officials said today.

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