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Japan closer to restarting nuclear reactors: reports  TOKYO: A controversial decision to restart two nuclear reactors in western Japan moved closer on Thursday when the mayor of a town near the plant gave his approval, reports said. Japan's entire stable of 50 working reactors is currently offline after a backlash against nuclear power following the quake-tsunami that sparked meltdowns at Fukushima in March 2011. Government rules say reactors must pass internationally approved stress tests designed to demonstrate they can withstand a natural disaster, and then get assent from their host communities. The mayor of Oi said he would support the restarting of units 3 and 4 at the Oi nuclear plant, Jiji Press said, following an appeal from Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who stressed the importance of restarting the units. The move now needs to get approval from Issei Nishikawa, the governor of the prefecture of Fukui, which includes Oi, and he was expected to give his consent Friday, local media ...

Communal unrest threatens Myanmar BANGKOK: A UN envoy has warned that communal violence in western Myanmar poses a threat to the country's shift towards democracy and said discrimination against the minority Muslim Rohingya was behind the unrest. A state of emergency is in place in Rakhine state where clashes have caused dozens of deaths and forced hundreds of people from both sides to flee their homes since Friday. Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN's Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, urged ...
10 killed in Indian steel factory explosion  HYDERABAD: At least ten people were killed and several others seriously injured in an explosion in a steel factory in southeastern India, a local government official said on Thursday. "Ten people died in the blast on Wednesday evening and about nine are battling for their lives in hospital," Lav Agarwal, district administrator of Visakhapatnam in the state of Andhra Pradesh, told AFP. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
UN envoy arrives in unrest-hit west Myanmar  SITTWE: A top United Nations envoy arrived in unrest-hit western Myanmar on Wednesday following an outbreak of religious violence that has left dozens dead. Vijay Nambiar, UN chief Ban Ki-moon's special adviser on Myanmar, flew into the capital of restive Rakhine state, according to an AFP reporter. He will visit strife-hit areas near the border with Bangladesh, a senior official said. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
Suu Kyi leaves Myanmar on historic Europe trip  YANGON: Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi left Myanmar Wednesday on her first trip to Europe since 1988 to formally accept the Nobel Peace Prize that thrust her into the global limelight two decades ago. Her visit marks a new milestone in the political changes that have swept through the country formerly known as Burma since decades of outright military rule ended last year, bringing to power a new quasi-civilian government. "I would like to do my ...
More than 50 feared dead in Afghan quakes  MAZAR-I-SHARIF: More than 50 people are feared dead after landslides triggered by a double earthquake buried homes in northern Afghanistan, a senior provincial official said on Tuesday. A day after the earthquakes, at least three bodies have been recovered in Burka district, the worst-hit area in the province of Baghlan, but between 50 and 70 people are thought still to be trapped, authorities say. "They might be dead as there is a lot of soil and removing ...
Bangladesh turns away more Muslims fleeing Myanmar TEKNAF: Bangladesh border guards pushed back three more boats carrying about 100 Rohingya Muslims fleeing religious violence in Myanmar, officials said Tuesday. Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) teams intercepted the boats carrying Rohingya people as they tried to enter Bangladesh on Monday night over the Naf river that separates the nations, BGB Major Shafiqur Rahman said. "The three boats were carrying 103 Rohingya, including 81 women and children, who were coming from Akyab (Sittwe)," he told AFP. The boats ...


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