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Satellite image on 16 March 2011 of the four damaged reactor buildings at Fukushima (photo: Digital Globe/wikimedia)

The coffee’s freshly made, there’s a wide variety of teas and the sticky buns are homemade.

  • “The remains of the shattered reactors are still some distance away when you first notice the sheer destruction of Japan’s nuclear disaster. The journey into the heart of the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl 26 years ago begins much earlier, in the towns and villages that exist in name only, their residents having been sent fleeing a year ago.”
  • “A new round of nuclear negotiations with Iran is likely to be agreed in the next few days when diplomats from six major powers hammer out a common response to Tehran’s offer to resume contacts, official sources said on Tuesday.”
  • “There needs to be an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Syria, the UN human rights chief has declared, saying the situation has deteriorated rapidly as the Syrian government steps up its onslaught against the opposition.”
  • “There was deep concern last night over the whereabouts of three Western journalists who are believed to be trapped in the restive Syrian city of Homs after an overnight rescue attempt succeeded in extracting British photographer Paul Conroy, but which had also led to the death of at least 13 opposition activists who had volunteered for the operation.”
  • “All three judges in Egypt’s trial of 43 NGO workers have pulled out of the case, according to a court official. The defendants, including 16 Americans, are charged with using illegal foreign funds to foment unrest that has roiled Egypt over the past year. The non-governmental organisations flatly deny the charges, and US officials have hinted foreign aid to Egypt is in jeopardy. Lead Judge Mohammed Shoukry said on Tuesday that ‘the court felt uneasiness’ in handling the case, according to the court official. He did not elaborate.”
  • “At least 18 people have been killed after gunmen opened fire on a passenger bus in a northern Pakistan village in an apparently sectarian attack, police officials say.”
  • TRNN: “Israel’s ‘New West Bank‘. New plan reveals gov’t relocating Bedouins in Negev Desert to create Jewish contiguity south of the West Bank.”
  • “BP is selling its interests in the Hugoton natural gas field in Kansas and its associated processing plant to America’s Linn Energy for $1.2bn (£757m) in cash.”
  • “French President Nicolas Sarkozy has ordered his government to draft a new law making it a crime to publicly deny the Ottoman Empire’s genocide of 1.5 million Armenians during World War I, after France’s Constitutional Court struck down a previous iteration of the bill on Tuesday. Both houses of the French parliament passed the bill.”
  • “The French presidential front-runner, François Hollande, has threatened a 75 per cent tax on the income of the super-rich, setting off a political storm on the eve of a one-day London visit today.”
  • Anonymous, a hacker collective that stays true to its name, appears to be entering the big time. After hacking the emails of Stratfor, the global intelligence firm, and on Monday cooperating with Wikileaks — already world famous for exposing classified US military documents and diplomatic cables — to publish those emails, Anonymous has gained a new level of notoriety among the public, and attention from authorities. On Monday morning, twitter account @AnonymousIRC published a series of tweets revealing the hacker group as the source of the Stratfor emails and linking it to Wikileaks. Anonymous first accessed Stratfor’s emails in December.”

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