While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Thursday, March 17, 2011

March 17, 2011

produced by Worldcrunch (see video)

IN JAPAN, NEW ATTEMPTS TO COOL DAMAGED REACTORS, AVOID MELTDOWN Latest attempt to stave off a nuclear disaster in Japan includes helicopters, fire trucks and police water cannons aimed at the No. 3 reactor at the quake-ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (CNN)

GROWING U.S. ALARM OVER NUCLEAR DISASTER The United States urges its citizens to stay clear of an earthquake-crippled power plant, going further in its warnings than Japan itself. The State Department said the United States has chartered aircraft to help Americans leave Japan and had authorized the voluntary departure of family members of diplomatic staff in Tokyo, Nagoya and Yokohama — about 600 people. (Reuters)

CHINA FEARS JAPAN’S RADIATION The Chinese government urged Japan to report any developments in its nuclear crisis quickly and accurately as concern spread over whether officials in Tokyo had downplayed the scope of the radiation risk. Meanwhile, Chinese across the country emptied supermarkets of iodized salt even though government health officials warned that ingesting it would not protect against radiation exposure. (NYT)

LIBYAN REBELS ATTEMPT TO STAVE OFF ADVANCE OF GADDAFI FORCES Libyan rebels have deployed tanks, artillery and a helicopter to repel an attack by pro-Gaddafi forces on the key town of Ajdabiya. If taken, the town would open the way to Benghazi, Libya’s second city, with a population of one million.(BBC)

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