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12 Mar 11
Russia objects foreign military intervention in Libya
Foreign military intervention in Libya is inadmissible in any form, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said France and Britain are ready to launch "targeted air strikes" on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces if they use chemical weapons or warplanes against civilians. "Foreign military intervention should be ruled out," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Arab League calls for Libya no-fly zone
The Arab League on Saturday called on the UN Security Council to impose a no-fly zone on Libya, Egyptian state television reported, a decision that would give a regional seal of approval that NATO has said is needed for any military action. The state television also said the Arab League had decided to open channels of communication with a Libyan rebel council based in Benghazi. The League said the council represented the Libyan people, the channel reported.
Minamisanriku has 9,500 residents missing from town after earthquake, tsunami ravages Japan
The tsunami tragedy in Japan may hit the small community of Minamisanriku the hardest -- more than half of its 17,000 residents are missing, and many are feared dead. Roughly 9,500 living in the town along the Pacific coast in the Miyagi prefecture are unaccounted for, according to Japan's Kyodo New Agency.
PREVIEW: Putin, United Russia in spotlight as election year kicks off
Russia's election season kicks off on Sunday with regional elections, with opposition groups charging that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his United Russia party were exerting massive pressure to prevent free and fair voting.
Gates Faults U.S. Allies on Afghan War
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates sharply rebuked the United States’ allies on Friday for preparing to effectively abandon Afghanistan, threatening what he described as tenuous progress in the nearly decade-old war.
Wildfires burning across Oklahoma prompt emergency declaration
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin today declared a State of Emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties as more than two dozen wildfires spread across the state, causing evacuations. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all Oklahomans who have been impacted by these fires as well as our emergency responders in harms' way," Fallin said. "We know homes, as well as other property, have been lost and we will work to do everything we can to help Oklahomans during their time of need."
TSA to retest airport body scanners for radiation
The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that it would retest every full-body X-ray scanner that emits ionizing radiation — 247 machines at 38 airports — after maintenance records on some of the devices showed radiation levels 10 times higher than expected. The TSA says that the records reflect math mistakes and that all the machines are safe.
Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet; shifted Earth's axis
The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis. "At this point, we know that one GPS station moved (8 feet), and we have seen a map from GSI (Geospatial Information Authority) in Japan showing the pattern of shift over a large area is consistent with about that much shift of the land mass," said Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Palestinian 'kills five Israelis' in West Bank attack
A Palestinian has killed five Israelis in an attack on a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, Israel's military says. The five were members of the same family, a couple and three children, according to Israeli media reports. The overnight attack occurred in the Itamar settlement, near Nablus in the northern West Bank. The Israeli army is now searching the area for the suspect.
China cyber-warfare capability a 'formidable concern'
China's growing capabilities in cyber-warfare and intelligence gathering have been described as a "formidable concern" to the United States. James Clapper, the US Director of National Intelligence, made the comments in testimony to the US Senate. From Canada and Britain, France and South Korea, there have been growing reports of online attacks on computer networks around the world.
EU ups Libya sanctions; decides against air strikes
European Union leaders agreed on Friday to consider all options to try to force Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to step down, but stopped short of endorsing air strikes, a no-fly zone or other military-backed means. The 27 EU leaders, meeting in Brussels, also gave encouragement to the rebel administration based in Benghazi, endorsing the Libyan National Council as "a political interlocutor" that was "sufficiently reliable to work with".
US sending aircraft carrier to provide aid to Japan
US President Barack Obama said that the hearts of the US people "go out to our friends in Japan and across the region," saying that the US will help them rebuild, in a press conference Friday. He added that in a telephone conversation earlier Friday, that he told Japanese Prime Minister Naota Kan that the United States stands ready to offer whatever help the country needs to cope with a massive earthquake.
Japanese tsunami death toll 'at least 1,300'
A devastating tsunami triggered by the biggest earthquake on record in Japan killed at least 1,300 people along the northeastern coast on Friday after a wall of water swept away everything in its path, Japanese media reported. Though the official number released Friday was almost 300, estimates are that the number of deaths could be in the thousands.
Oklahoma grass fires rage, emergency declared
Grass fires spread by gusting winds swept through parts of Oklahoma on Friday, prompting authorities to dispatch helicopters, bulldozers and hundreds of firefighters to control the blazes. Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties.
Indonesia volcano erupts, spews lava and gas
The eruption happened hours after a massive earthquake in Japan that triggered a Pacific-wide tsunami.
Tsunami warning center raises magnitude of Japan quake to 9.1
The Japan earthquake was the fourth most powerful ever recorded with a magnitude of 9.1, twice more powerful than the initial estimate of 8.9, Gerard Fryer, geophysicist of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, said this morning. Three others that were more powerful since the late 1800s when seismometers started measuring ground motions were in 9.5 in Chile in 1960, 9.2 in Alaska in 1964 and 9.1 in Sumatra in 2004, according to Fryer.
Explosion, radiation leakage rock Japan nuclear plant
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano confirmed on Saturday there has been an explosion and radiation leakage at Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. "We are looking into the cause and the situation and we'll make that public when we have further information," Edano said. "At present, we think 10 km evacuation is appropriate."