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Libyan civilian casualities rise

An a medical tent in Misurata, Libya, doctors are working around the clock to help and save civilians.
While the numbers of civilian casualties are unclear from the war, the makeshift hospital see 50 to 60 injured pass through per day, according to the New York Times.
Many of the dead and injured are innocent civilians, killed or hurt in their homes, attempting to stay away from the guns and the fighting, according to the New York Times.
With many attempting to flee Misurata every day, the city becomes a high target for takeover by Qaddafi loyalists, according to the LA Times.
Though foreign volunteers make up some of the hospital's staff, many of the doctors are from Misurata, meaning that many of the injured and dead they see are family, according to the LA Times.
With the four-year-old girl with shrapnel in her head, the doctor who couldn't save her became her mourning uncle, according to the LA Times.

Kidnapped Italian Activist Found Dead

The kidnapped Italian activist was found dead Thursday, merely hours after he had been abducted in the Gaza Strip.
Vittorio Arrigoni was a pro-Palestinian activist and radical against the Hamas regime, according to the New York Times.
Tawhid and Jihad claimed responsibility for the abduction in response for having the Hamas regime release their leader, but Arrigoni was killed more than 24 hours before the deadline would pass, according to the LA Times.
The kidnapping in the Gaza Strip was the first time a foreigner in more than four years and the first to happen under the Hamas regime, although most kidnappings do not end in violence, according to the New York Times.
Although Arrigoni had been an activist since his college days in Milan, he had been planning to leave Gaza the day after he was kidnapped, he said in an e-mail to a friend in Italy, according to the New York Times.

Japan releases Radioactive Water into the Pacific

Japan has begun releasing 11,500 tons of radioactive seawater into the Pacific Ocean to make room for more contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.
The water coming from the reactors has 100 times the legal limit for radiation, but is making room for contaminated water with 100,000 times the legal amount of radiation to be stored, according to the New York Times.
Pumping water is not expected to halt or be altered, however, as a radioactive leak was discovered Saturday, which has been spewing several tons of highly radioactive water directly into the ocean, according to the LA Times. Until the source of the leak can be fixed, the situation at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant is expected to worsen.
Japan's government has approved the release of the radioactive water, but many are not sure about the affects the contaminated water will have on the marine life in the ocean, according to the LA Times.
Although the seafood business in Japan is already being hit, the Japanese government is making moves to put legal limits on the amount of radiation in fish, to limit health affects, according to the New York Times.
The government is considering drawing up radioactivity food-safety standards after a bottom-feeding sand lance was caught with extremely high levels of radioactivity, which experts find very concerning, according to the LA Times.
Agriculture as well is having limits enforced on the amount of radioactivity found in meat, plants, and eggs. These government enforced limits and bans is having extreme effects on Japan's economy, already fallen from what it was, according to the LA Times.

High Radiation Levels found in Japan's seawater

Tests have found high amounts of radioactive content more than a mile away from the destructive Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.
Tests run found high levels of chemicals like Iodine 131 at levels from 1000 to 2000 times the legal limit, and has been found in soil, plants, and water tests performed to test the area for radioactivity, according to the New York Times.
The high amount of radioactivity in the environment and the continued lack of control over the plant has led the Japanese government to evacuate citizens up to 18 miles away from the plant, according to the New York Times.
Iodine 131, the main chemical found, can cause multiple forms of cancer and is very dangerous, but has a half life of days, meaning that with a simple fishing ban and evacuations, the Iodine will disappear, according to the LA Times.
Tokyo Electric Power Company is now acknowledging that they will need to scrap the plant, from the high amount of damage done to it from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, according to the LA Times.
The situation in Japan continues to be uncertain, and Japanese officials fear the situation with the nuclear plant could continue for months, according to the LA Times.

Quaddafi holds on while UN attacks increase

The second night passes of Western attack by air and sea of Quaddafi's forces and enforcing the no-fly zone, while rejecting claims that civilians have been killed.
With Quaddafi's defenses being blasted to pieces in Tripoli and in Ajdabiya, loyalist forces continue to rally support for Libya's leader in the third day of the attacks, according to the New York Times.
Loyalists and state-television emphasize the mounting civilian deaths, but refuse to prove it to journalists. After inviting journalists to the civilian funerals, the should-be mourning scene became a raucous rally for Quaddafi, according to the LA Times.
Russia and China have declared their disdain for the western involvement in Libya, which is being led by France, the US, and the UK, according to the New York Times.
Vladimir Putin, Russia's Prime Minister has criticized allies for their "indiscriminate use of force". Quatar, meanwhile, becomes the first Arab nation to sign on to the effort in Libya, though Qatar's role has yet to be determined, according to the New York Times.
With the price tag of the UN's police effort rising, Obama's administration is already taking hard criticism for the military efforts, despite the rising need for humanitarian involvement in Libya, according to the LA Times.

Japan's problems worsen

With tsunami survivors in need of serious medical care and increasing damage from the nuclear power plants' meltdowns, the situation in Japan is likely to worsen before the world can get a grasp of the disasters.
Japanese hospitals are only beginning to be flooded with survivors of the tsunamis, as the island nations were in the 2004 tsunami, from head trauma, dangerous and infected cuts, and crushed limbs, according to the LA Times.
Radioactive releases of steam could go on for months from the two crippled plants in Japan, with the possibility of more plants collapsing from the earthquake's aftershocks, still reaching over 6.0, according to the New York Times.
Radiation poisoning is not widespread at this point, but air samples of the different chemicals are still being analyzed, but may indicate widespread environmental damage from the radioactive chemicals, according to the New York Times.
With electrical power down since the earthquake and tsunami struck, the plants are forced to vent the radioactive air into the atmosphere in efforts to cool the remaining plants down, a process which could leave effects for more than a year, according to the New York Times.
The hits continue coming at Japan, with no estimation on the extent of the damage yet, just more disasters.

Libya comes closer to revolution

Government forces attack a major oil facility in eastern Libya that rebels were guarding, while Colonel Qaddafi continues to deny that the uprising started with demonstrations.
The attack on Port Brega, 100 miles south of rebel stronghold Benghazi, by the loyalist Libyan forces is the first attack by the government since Benghazi fell ten days ago, according to the New York Times.
Rebel forces claim they have control of Port Brega, while state-run television is maintaining they successfully seized the Sirte Oil Co. in Port Brega. Neither claim can be confirmed, though Ahmed Jerksi, Sirte Oil manager told the Associated Press that Qaddafi's forces once again held control over the port.
Qaddafi persists that it is not demonstrations that started this uprising, but blames Islamist groups as well as Al-Qaeda for the uprising, according to the LA Times. Qaddafi denounced the rebels as terrorists and vowed to fight them to the end for Libya, according to the LA Times.
One thing both sides can agree on is that they want no outside intervention from the US, NATO, the UN, or anyone else, according to the LA Times. They want to do this on their own.

Situation in Libya Worsens

Vowing to kill the protesters one by one, Colonel Quaddafi tightens his rule on Tripoli, while eastern Libya slips out of his control.
Quaddafi addressed his country via television from a barracks in Tripoli, urging supporters to help crush the uprisings, according to the New York Times.
Witnesses in Libya said Monday night that armed militiamen and African mercenaries were shooting people from the backs of their trucks, firing their machine guns at will and without mercy.
As protests worsen in Tripoli and across Libya, the death toll rises significantly, although the count at this point is uncertain, according to Human Rights Watch.
After Quaddafi's speech, thousands of supporters wearing green bandanas and carrying machetes banded together to begin their hunt of the protesters, according to the LA Times.
The New York Times reported many Libyans have been pouring into their neighbors Tunisia and Egypt for help and protection. And across the world, many of Libya's ambassadors have stepped down, refusing to condone Quaddafi's behavior.

Hundreds March at Iranian Student Funeral

Anti-government and pro-government marched Wednesday at the government-sanctioned funeral for Saane Zhaleh, Tehran Art University student who died Monday in the largest anti-government protest in Iran in over a year.
Both sides are claiming the student for their side, calling him "martyr Basij", as it is unclear whether he was helping the protesters or the government when he was beaten to death by the police, according to the New York Times.
Iran's parliament is demanding stricter punishments for protesters, including pushing for the public hanging of the two leaders of the anti-government protests, Mehdi Karroubi and Hossein Mousavi, although the government has yet to punish them publicly for fear of sparking more protests, like those that led to the toppling of governments in Tunisia and Egypt, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Though 20,000 and 30,000 protesters have taken to the streets across Iran, many Iranians believe the government will not allow the permanent encampment that has worked so well for Tunisia and Egypt.
Trying to keep protests at a minimum, arrests for protesters have gone up, and the Iranian government has not allowed reporter coverage of the protests, revoking working credentials of foreign correspondents who tried to cover protests Monday.

Protests in Egypt Still Peaceful in Third Week

Protests in Egypt continue to grow peacefully in Tahrir Square and Parliament to demand the immediate end of Mubarak and authoritative rule.
Suleiman and Mubarak continue to ignore demands of immediate resignation and orderly transition by both the US government and protesters covering Egypt, according to the LA Times.
Protesters had a lift in moral however, when recently released Waedi Ghonim, joined the crowd to show appreciation. Ghonim, a google executive and organizer of the facebook protests, had been kidnapped and held by the Egyptian government for 12 days, but was finally released and ready to show support of the protests in Tahrir Square and in televised interviews, according to the New York Times.
As workers continue to strike across Egypt and tourism is estimated to be down 70%, it becomes clear that something will need to change.

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