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Egypt vote may benefit Islamists

CAIRO: Egypt’s first exercise in democracy in decades was hailed as a success on Monday, but the result of a key referendum has raised fears in some quarters that Islamists will hijack looming elections.

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Saleh’s regime nears collapse as defections mount in Yemen

DUBAI: Yemen President, Mr Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year-old iron fisted rule appeared to be tottering Monday as three army generals, including his longtime confidante, joined the mass uprising and deployed tanks and armoured vehicles to protect protestors while Yemen’s top tribal leader also asked the President to step down.

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Grayish smoke billowing from Japanese reactor

TOKYO/FUKUSHIMA: Workers attempting to salvage Japan’s tsunami hit Fukushima nuclear reactor had to be evacuated after smoke was seen billowing in a latest in a series of troubles to hit the moves to stabilise the radiation leaking plant.

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Japan begins air drop on stricken reactor

ZAO (JAPAN): Japanese military helicopters dumped loads of seawater onto a stricken nuclear complex on Thursday, trying to cool dangerously overheated uranium fuel rods that may be on the verge of spewing more radiation into the atmosphere.

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Bahrain arrests 6 opposition leaders; Indians safe

MANAMA: Continuing a security crackdown, Bahrain’s authorities today arrested six top opposition leaders under the country’s emergency laws, a day after tanks and army personnel overran the protesters camps in the heart of the capital at Pearl Square.

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Prince William stunned at Christchurch quake damage

CHRISTCHURCH (NEW ZEALAND): Prince William expressed his shock at the devastation in earthquake-hit Christchurch on Thursday after walking amid the rubble to inspect the stricken New Zealand city first hand.

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Radiation levels in Japan now high enough to endanger humans

TOKYO: Japan’s nuclear crisis veered towards a catastrophe today after explosions at two more reactors and a fire rocked the quake-stricken nuclear power plants at Fukushima and the Prime Minister, Mr Naoto Kan warned that radiation levels were now high enough to endanger humans.

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UN Security Council divided on no-fly zone in Libya

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council was today divided on imposing a no-fly zone over Libya, even though the Arab League has urgently called for the measure after the Libyan Leader, Mr Muammar Gaddafi’s advancing army regained control of some rebel-held towns.

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