- Tokyo, Japan – 6.7 earthquake hits Japan and shuts nuclear plant
The world’s largest nuclear power plant by output capacity remained closed Tuesday, after seismometers indicated the magnitude 6.7 earthquake that hit northwestern Japan Monday produced shocks that exceeded the reactors’ design strength. The quake, which occurred shortly after 10 a.m. Tokyo time Monday, caused nine deaths, more than 900 injuries and widespread damage
- Pyongyang, North Korea – DPRK shuts nuclear reactor
U.N. inspectors on Monday verified that North Korea shut down its nuclear reactor, the first concrete achievement toward scaling back Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.
- Bangkok, Thailand – Bombs kill 1, hurt 32 in Thai south
At least one person was killed and 32 injured during a twin bombing in Thailand’s southern Muslim-majority Yala province Tuesday morning, police said.
- Jerusalem, Israel – Peres sworn in as Israel’s president
Shimon Peres was sworn in as Israel’s ninth president. In his inauguration speech, Peres, a one-time Nobel Peace Prize-winner, said Israel must not forego any opportunity to make peace with its neighbors. “When opportunity for peace emerges, it must not be missed,” he said.
- New Delhi, India – India raises concern over detention
The decision to revoke the visa of the terrorism suspect Mohamed Haneef has created tensions with the Indian Government and led to revelations the Australian Government has more information against the Gold Coast doctor than has been released to the court.
- Dhaka, Bangladesh – Former Bangladeshi PM Arrested
Former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who heads the Awami League, the more liberal of Bangladesh’s two main political parties, was arrested after a two and a half hour raid on her Dhaka home by dozens of police and security personnel.
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