Asia

The worst nuclearaccident since the Chernobyl explosion in 1986 is unfolding in northern Japan at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.  Three reactors have been critically damaged and one  caught fire.  Photo: New York Times

After Japan’s quake and tsunami, freezing weather threatens relief efforts. Many of those hit by the disaster lack blankets, food and fuel, raising fears of a quiet but deadly humanitarian crisis

by guardian. co.uk March 16, 2011

Freezing winds, hail storms and thick snow are the latest threats to 430,000 beleaguered survivors of northern Japan's week-long cascade of disasters. After a massive earthquake, devastating tsunami and nuclear crisis, many people made homeless are n...

Last defense at troubled reactors: 50 Japanese workers

by Keith Bradsher and Hiroko Tabuchi New York Times March 15, 2011

A small crew of technicians, braving radiation and fire, became the only people remaining at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on Tuesday — and perhaps Japan’s last chance of preventing a broader nuclear catastrophe....

Japan steps closer to a full blown nuclear catastrophe

by Steven Mufson and Chico Harlan Washington Post March 15, 2011

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As other authoritarian leaders fall, North Korea pushes ahead with succession plan

by Chico Harlan Washington Post March 13, 2011

TOKYO — Last Sunday, a crowd of young North Koreans marched through a square in their capital city. They brandished red flags and called for a higher standard of living. But they also carried placards glorifying leader Kim Jong Il, and only a day e...

Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s sole Christian minister, is assassinated in Islamabad –the second liberal minister killed this year who spoke out against anti-blasphemy laws

by Karin Brulliard and Shaiq Hussain Washington Post March 2, 2011

Shahbaz Bhatti, the sole Christian cabinet member in majority-Muslim Pakistan, was shot multiple times by gunmen who surrounded his car as he left for work from his mother's house, near his home in a residential neighborhood. The attackers fled, but ...

Vietnam struggles to cope with rising prices

by IRIN News March 1, 2011

Vietnam's inflation rate is among Southeast Asia's highest and its population is struggling to keep up with sharp increases in food, fuel and electricity prices. ...

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