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Japanese emperor 'deeply worried'

Others | 17 March 2011
Japanese Emperor Akihito has said he is "deeply worried" about the crisis his country is facing following last Friday's earthquake and tsunami. In a rare appearance, Akihito went on live TV to make his first public comments on the disaster, and said he was praying for the people... More

Bahrain protests in Manama's Pearl Square overrun

Others | 17 March 2011
Security forces with tanks have overrun a square in the centre of Bahrain's capital Manama where anti-government protesters have been camped for weeks. Two people are reported to have died after police fired tear gas at the mainly Shia demonstrators, who have been calling for political reform... More

Gadhafi forces gain ground in march toward Benghazi

Others | 17 March 2011
(CNN) -- The key Libyan city of Ajdabiya, the last major point between pro-government forces and the opposition stronghold of Benghazi, was slipping from the opposition's hands Tuesday, witnesses reported... More

Radiation levels spike at Japanese nuclear plant

Others | 16 March 2011
Tokyo (CNN) -- Japanese authorities trying to stave off meltdowns at an earthquake-damaged nuclear power plant reported more grim news Tuesday as radiation levels soared following another explosion at an overheating reactor... More

Libya: Government and rebels still battling for Brega

Others | 16 March 2011
Heavy fighting has been continuing in Libya between government and rebel forces, who are still battling for the oil town of Brega. At one point, both sides simultaneously claimed control of the town... More

North Korea 'ready to discuss nuclear enrichment'

Others | 16 March 2011
North Korea has told Russia's deputy foreign minister Alexei Borodavkin that it is ready to discuss its nuclear enrichment plans at six-party talks. The issue is one of several that have blocked the resumption of disarmament talks. South Korea also wants an apology for the North's "aggression"... More

Explosion at Japan nuclear plant

Others | 15 March 2011
A second explosion has hit a Japanese nuclear plant that was damaged in Friday's earthquake, but officials said the reactor core was still intact. A huge column of smoke billowed from Fukushima Daiichi's reactor 3, two days after a blast hit reactor 1... More

Afghanistan 'suicide bombing' kills 36 at army centre

Others | 15 March 2011
At least 36 people have been killed in an apparent suicide attack on an army recruitment centre in northern Afghanistan, local officials have said. More than 40 people were also reported to have been injured in the attack in the city of Kunduz. On Friday, the Kunduz province police chief was killed by a suicide bomber... More

Chinese premier calls for political reform

Others | 15 March 2011
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has once again said China needs to carry out political reforms. He said the economic achievements of the last 30 years could be lost without "institutional" changes. The premier did not spell out exactly what reforms are necessary - and said they would have to be introduced gradually... More

Japan fears second reactor blast

Others | 14 March 2011
Technicians are battling to lower pressure in a second nuclear reactor at Japan's quake-hit Fukushima power plant where radiation levels are rising. Officials say reactor 3 has lost its emergency cooling system. A similar problem led to a major explosion at reactor 1 at the plant on Saturday... More

Arab League backs no-fly zone in Libya

Others | 14 March 2011
Cairo, Egypt (CNN) -- The Arab League voted Saturday to back a no-fly zone in Libya and is asking that the U.N. Security Council impose the measure, officials of the regional body told reporters... More

Yemen protest attacked by police

Others | 14 March 2011
Police in Yemen have attacked anti-government demonstrators in the centre of the capital, Sanaa, killing up to six people and injuring many more... More

Huge blast at Japan nuclear power plant

Others | 13 March 2011
A massive explosion has rocked a Japanese nuclear power plant after Friday's devastating earthquake. A huge pall of smoke was seen coming from the plant at Fukushima and several workers were injured. Japanese officials say the container housing the reactor was not damaged and that radiation levels have now fallen... More

Israeli family of five killed in 'terror attack,' military says

Others | 13 March 2011
Jerusalem (CNN) -- Five members of an Israeli family were killed in the West Bank early Saturday morning in what the Israeli military is calling a "terror attack.".. More

Libya: Gaddafi troops take rebel oil town

Others | 13 March 2011
Rebels forces opposed to Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi have been forced out of the northern oil town of Ras Lanuf, reports say. Rebel leaders told reporters that their fighters had been driven 20km (12 miles) from the outskirts of Ras Lanuf... More

Gaddafi makes defiant TV speech

Others | 10 March 2011
Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has made a defiant speech, blaming outside forces for the uprising in the country, as government forces pounded the western city of Zawiya. Col Gaddafi said European governments and al-Qaeda had incited Libyan youth to revolt... More

Deadly attack at Pakistan funeral procession

Others | 10 March 2011
At least 34 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a funeral procession in north-western Pakistan. Officials said the funeral was for the wife of a pro-government ethnic Pashtun tribal elder in Adezai village in the troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province... More

Lawyers: U.S. faces suit on syphilis tests in Guatemala

Others | 10 March 2011
(CNN) -- The U.S. government will be hit with a class action lawsuit on behalf of 700 Guatemalans who were infected with syphilis unless it offers a way to settle claims before Friday, the plaintiffs' attorneys said... More

Gaddafi renews attack on rebels

Others | 9 March 2011
Forces loyal to Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi have launched further air strikes on the rebel-held oil port of Ras Lanuf, in a renewed offensive... More

'At least 20 dead' in car bomb in Faisalabad, Pakistan

Others | 9 March 2011
At least 20 people have been killed and 100 injured after a car bomb tore through a gas station in the Pakistani city of Faisalabad... More

Serbia and Kosovo in first 'post-independence' talks

Others | 9 March 2011
Serbia and Kosovo are due to hold their first high-level talks since Pristina declared independence three years ago. Kosovo's declaration of independence is rejected by Serbia, but both sides have agreed to the EU-sponsored talks... More