Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — Libyan state TV reported Sunday that the opposition-held town of al-Bregahad been “been cleansed from the criminal gangs and mercenaries, the area is now safe, and all citizens should go back to their work and their normal life.” Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have been fighting to recapture towns from the rebels since an uprising began last month. Opposition leaders in Benghazi confirmed to CNN that their forces have left al-Brega, but they are calling their move a “tactical retreat.” The military has been pounding the key oil port of Ras Lanuf, once in the hands of rebel forces, and has taken control of towns such as nearby Bin Jawad. The Gadhafi government appears intent on retaking all territory from the opposition despite growing international pressure. Continue reading “Gadhafi forces retake rebel town, state TV claims”
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Sendai, Japan (CNN) — In a nation besieged with grief over mounting casualties, fears of possible radiation and the threat of more earthquakes, the nightmare grew for Japanese residents Monday as thousands of bodies reportedly were found and crews struggled to keep damaged nuclear plants under control.
Friday’s 8.9 earthquake and ensuing tsunami killed thousands, based on official and Japanese media reports, but an exact accounting of the disaster remains hidden beneath widespread damage that rescuers are only beginning to penetrate.
The confirmed death toll, rising every few hours, reached 1,897 on Monday. But that didn’t account for thousands of bodies Japan’s Kyodo News said had been found in the hard-hit Miyagi Prefecture on Japan’s northeast coast. The number of dead is expected to go up as rescuers reach more hard-hit areas.
At least 3,002 people were missing Monday, the National Police Agency said,. Public broadcaster NHK reported that 450,000 people were living in shelters.
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi blamed a little-known local Muslim group of preaching religious intolerance in an area where Christian churches were burnt last week, killing one person.
Authorities have said up to 50 churches have been burnt and around 3,000 Christians displaced since March 2 when Muslim youths attacked the community around Asendabo, some 360 km (215 miles) west of the capital Addis Ababa. Continue reading “MELES blames Muslim sect over church attacks”
AJDABIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s troops seized the strategic Libyan oil town of Brega on Sunday forcing rebels to retreat under a heavy bombardment while world powers considered imposing a no-fly zone.
Losing Brega and its refinery further limits rebel access to fuel after the insurgents were pushed out of Ras Lanuf on Sunday, another major oil terminal some 100 km to the west along the coast road where all of Libya’s important towns are located. Continue reading “Gaddafi’s troops capture oil town of Brega”