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Japan Battles Nuclear Emergency After Deadly Quake

Japan battled a feared meltdown of two reactors at a quake-hit nuclear plant Sunday, as the full horror of the disaster emerged on the ravaged northeast coast with thousands feared dead.

An explosion at the ageing Fukushima atomic plant blew off the roof and walls around one of its reactors Saturday, a day after the biggest quake ever recorded in Japan unleashed a monster 10-meter tsunami.

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End Operations in Afghanistan, Karzai Tells NATO

Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged international troops to "stop their operations in our land" Saturday on a visit to relatives of nine children killed in a NATO air strike.

"I would like to ask NATO and the U.S. with honor and humbleness and not with arrogance to stop their operations in our land," Karzai said.

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Blast at Japan Nuke Plant; 1,000 Dead in Quake

An explosion and feared meltdown at one of Japan's nuclear plants Saturday exposed the scale of the disaster facing Japan after a massive quake and tsunami hit the northeast, leaving more than 1,000 people feared dead.

Reactor cooling systems failed at two plants after Friday's record 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit, unleashing a terrifying 10-meter (33-foot) high wave that tore through coastal towns and cities, destroying all in its path.

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Hundreds Killed in Major Tsunami after Apocalyptic 8.9 Japan Quake

A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan's eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away boats, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control.

Tsunami warnings blanketed the entire Pacific, as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West Coast.

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Japan Declares Atomic Power Emergency, No Leak

Japan said it was operating on an atomic power emergency footing but said no radiation leaks were detected among its reactors after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck Friday, triggering a huge tsunami.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan declared the emergency to enable authorities to implement emergency measures. Residents living near plants were not required to take special action, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told a news conference.

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India Test Fires Nuclear-capable Missile

India has tested the naval version of a short-range missile capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads, a defense ministry official said Friday.

The missile was test fired Friday from a navy warship in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of eastern Orissa state, said defense ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar.

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5.4 Quake Hits China: 24 Dead, Over 207 Injured

At least 24 people were killed and 207 others injured in an earthquake that struck a remote area of southwest China near the border with Myanmar on Thursday, a local official said.

The tremor reduced hundreds of houses to rubble, left some desperate residents trapped under buildings and triggered power cuts in the surrounding area of China, though no casualties were reported in Myanmar.

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Dalai Lama to Resign Political Role

The Dalai Lama announced Thursday his plan to retire as political head of the exiled Tibetan movement, saying the time had come for his replacement by a "freely elected" leader.

The Dalai Lama, whose more significant role is as the movement's spiritual leader, said he would seek an amendment allowing him to resign his political office when the exiled Tibetan parliament meets next week.

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Blast Near FSB Security Service Academy in Moscow

An explosion went off Wednesday at a bus stop close to the training center for Russia's FSB security service in Moscow, without causing casualties, the national anti-terror committee said.

"An explosive device went off at a bus stop at Michurinsky Avenue where the FSB academy is located," a committee spokesman told Agence France Presse.

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World Powers Press Iran to Cooperate with IAEA

World powers urged Iran to cooperate with the U.N. atomic watchdog Wednesday, otherwise it could soon face further censure for blocking the investigation into its controversial nuclear drive.

"We call on Iran to cooperate fully with the (International Atomic Energy) Agency," the so-called P5+1 grouping said in their first joint statement to the IAEA's board of governors in two years.

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