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Japan Races to Contain Nuclear Threat After Quake

Updated: 03/15/2011 - Dangerous levels of radiation leaking from a crippled nuclear plant forced Japan to order 140,000 people to seal themselves indoors Tuesday after an explosion and a fire dramatically escalated the crisis spawned by a deadly tsunami.

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Radiation Level Soars After Japan Nuke Plant Fire

Updated: 03/15/2011 - Dangerous levels of radiation leaking from a crippled nuclear plant forced Japan to order 140,000 people to seal themselves indoors Tuesday after an explosion and a fire dramatically escalated the crisis spawned by a deadly tsunami.

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Japanese Ordered Indoors in Radiation Leak Crisis

Updated: 03/15/2011 - High levels of radiation leaked from a crippled nuclear plant in tsunami-ravaged northeastern Japan after a third reactor was rocked by an explosion Tuesday and a fourth caught fire in a dramatic escalation of the 4-day-old catastrophe.

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Oil Below $99 As Japan Nuclear Crisis Worsens

Posted: 03/14/2011 - Oil prices slid below $99 a barrel Tuesday in Asia as traders fled risky investments after a third explosion in three days at an earthquake-damaged Japanese nuclear plant triggered a radiation leak.

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Japan Feeds More Money To Banks As Stocks Slump

Updated: 03/14/2011 - Japan's central bank pumped billions more into the financial system Tuesday to quell fears that the country's banks could be overwhelmed by the impact of the massive earthquake and tsunami, while stocks slumped as a nuclear crisis escalated.

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Meltdown Threat Rises at Japanese Nuclear Plant

Posted: 03/14/2011 - Water levels dropped precipitously Monday inside a Japanese nuclear reactor, twice leaving the uranium fuel rods completely exposed and raising the threat of a meltdown, hours after a hydrogen explosion tore through the building housing a different reactor.

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France, Britain Pushing for Action on Libya

Posted: 03/14/2011 - France and Britain stepped up calls Monday for other world powers to isolate Libya's Moammar Gadhafi with a no-fly zone, amid diplomatic differences over how much backing to give Libyan rebels.

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Tide of 1,000 Bodies Overwhelms Quake-hit Japan

Posted: 03/14/2011 - A tide of bodies washed up along Japan's coastline, crematoriums were overwhelmed and rescue workers ran out of body bags as the nation faced the grim reality of a mounting humanitarian, economic and nuclear crisis Monday after a calamitous tsunami.

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Workers Injured in Nuclear Plant Explosion

Posted: 03/13/2011 - Tokyo Electric Power Co. says three workers have been injured and seven are missing after an explosion at the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

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Yemen Clashes And Bahrain Chaos As Protests Deepen

Updated: 03/13/2011 - Yemeni police firing from rooftops wounded more than 100 in a protesters' camp Sunday and anti-government demonstrators paralyzed Bahrain's capital as unrest deepened in two of Washington's most critical allies in the region.

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Gadhafi Drives Rebels From One Of Last Strongholds

Updated: 03/13/2011 - Moammar Gadhafi's forces swept rebels from one of their final strongholds on Libya's main coastal highway on Sunday, closing on the country's opposition-held eastern half after hours of searing waves of strikes from warships, tanks and warplanes.

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Iraqi Govt Workers Investigated For Fake Documents

Posted: 03/13/2011 - Iraq's parliament is investigating some 20,000 government employees who appear to have used fake diplomas and other forged education certificates to get their jobs, a lawmaker said Sunday.

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Estimated Death Toll in Japan Passes 10k

Posted: 03/13/2011 - The estimated death toll from Japan's disasters climbed past 10,000 Sunday as authorities raced to combat the threat of multiple nuclear reactor meltdowns and hundreds of thousands of people struggled to find food and water. The prime minister said it was the nation's worst crisis since World War II.

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Millions Without Food, Water, Power in Japan

Posted: 03/12/2011 - Millions of Japanese were without drinking water or electricity Sunday, surviving on instant noodles and rice balls, two days after a powerful earthquake and tsunami hammered the northeastern coast, killing at least 1,000 people.

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Earthquake in Japan Upgraded

Updated: 03/12/2011 - Japan's Meteorological Agency says it has upgraded the magnitude of Friday's catastrophic earthquake to 9.0.

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Japan Official: Partial Meltdown is Likely at Second Reactor

Updated: 03/12/2011 - A partial meltdown was likely under way at a second nuclear reactor, a top Japanese official said Sunday, as operators frantically tried to prevent a similar threat from a nearby unit at the same facility following a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that may have killed 1,000 people.

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US Contractor Convicted in Cuba; 15-Year Sentence

Posted: 03/12/2011 - A Cuban court on Saturday found U.S. contractor Alan Gross guilty of crimes against the state and sentenced him to 15 years in prison, a verdict that brought a swift and strongly worded condemnation from Washington.

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Gadhafi Pushes Ahead as Arab League Calls for Help

Posted: 03/12/2011 - The world moved a step closer to a decision on imposing a no-fly zone over Libya but Moammar Gadhafi was swiftly advancing Saturday on the poorly equipped and loosely organized rebels who have seized much of the country.

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Explosion at Japan Nuke Plant, Disaster Toll Rises

Updated: 03/12/2011 - An explosion shattered a building housing a nuclear reactor Saturday, amid fears of a meltdown, while across wide swaths of northeastern Japan officials searched for thousands of people missing more than a day after a devastating earthquake and tsunami.

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Japan Braces for N-Reactor Meltdown After Tsunami

Updated: 03/11/2011 - Japan launched a massive military rescue operation Saturday after a giant, quake-fed tsunami killed hundreds of people and turned the northeastern coast into a swampy wasteland, while authorities braced for a possible meltdown at a nuclear reactor.

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