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CONTRIBUTION · 26th March 2011
BBC and Aljazerra
Japan workers pulled out of reactor, as radiation soars

Reports from Japan say radioactivity in water at reactor 2 at the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant is 10 million times the usual level.

Workers trying to cool the reactor core to avoid a meltdown have been evacuated, Reuters news agency says.

Earlier, Japan's nuclear agency that levels of radioactive iodine in the sea near the plant have risen to 1,850 times the usual level.

The UN's nuclear agency has warned the crisis could go on for months.

It is believed the radiation at Fukushima is coming from one of the reactors, but a specific leak has not been identified.

Leaking water at reactor 2 has been measured at 1,000 millisieverts/hour - 10 million times higher than when the plant is operating normally.

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Britons rally against budget cuts

Violent outbreaks in London as tens of thousands march in protest against government's austerity measures.

Tens of thousands of people have rallied in London, the British capital, in opposition to public spending cuts introduced by the country's coalition government.

There were outbreaks of violence amid Saturday's demonstration as several hundred masked protesters clashed with police and rampaged down London's main shopping district.

About 4,500 police officers were deployed ahead of the protest.

Away from the main protest, a group of black-clad protesters threw paint bombs at shops and banks on the main shopping streets of Oxford Street and New Bond Street.

Police said that some protesters also threw paint bombs and light bulbs filled with ammonia at officers during the demonstration.

Several banks were attacked and the Fortnum and Mason department store was briefly occupied.

UK Uncut, a group that campaigns against government cuts and corporate tax avoidance, claimed it was behind the occupation.

Five policemen were injured during the protests. Police arrested 157 people.

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NATO air raid kills Afghan civilians
Coalition pledges investigation after attack targeting two vehicles leaves several people dead and wounded.

A number of civilians have been killed and wounded in southern Afghanistan following a NATO air raid targeting two vehicles that coalition forces believed to be carrying Taliban fighters.

In a statement on Saturday, the coalition said that it was investigating the incident, but did not release the number of dead and wounded.

Nato said the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) had called in an air attack on the two vehicles believing them to be carrying a Taliban leader and his associates, but later discovered they were transporting civilians.

The attack occurred on Friday in the Naw Zad district of Helmand province.

Civilian casualties in military operations in Afghanistan have become increasingly embarrassing for international forces battling the Taliban there ahead of a planned handover of security to Afghan forces.

The latest incident comes only two days after the coalition killed two civilians in the eastern province of Khost.

The two were walking near a car with suspected insurgents and were not seen until after a NATO helicopter gunship launched its attack, NATO said.

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Comment by Sheldon Davidson on 30th March 2011
One of the parties will win. The rest will not win. Those who do not win will have spent maybe a hundred million or so on their loosing campaign.

How does all that wasted money help Japan?
Help Japan??? Way too late!
Comment by M Craven on 29th March 2011
It is too late after an election. Canada has not reacted in a timely matter and highly toxic plutonium is seeping from the damaged nuclear power plant into the soil and ocean.
You may want to read this:

If you think an election is going to help a disaster which Canadian politicians whom I have contacted can't even respond back to me, think again. Help is needed now. I alerted some politicians about this over a week ago. I received no response. I work with the Japanese government editing speeches and reports. The Canada politicians who are sidestepping the issue know this.
Japan would benefit from a Canadian election
Comment by Karen Dedosenco on 28th March 2011
This is the very reason we need an election. We have been saddled with a Prime Minister who has no empathy for anyone unless it serves his purpose. Harper has no respect for the Canadian Constitution as proven by being found guilty of Contempt of Parliament.

Anyone with a modicum of reasoning skills would be able to determine that Harper has instigated and manipulated the country into going to an election.

The Liberals are polling very low on support from Canadians, Layton is recovering from debilitating surgery and Duceppe already has a majority of seats in his province. What would any of them have to gain!?

Harper has been campaigning for months with his attack ads and trying to push the 'feel good' image of himself and his government - an estimated $10 million on the Conservative bill and another approximately $26 million on the taxpayers bill. All of which will not count as part of Harper's election spending!

The budget that the Conservatives put out, according to Political Strategists, was clearly a campaign budget and not at all one that the opposition could go along with.

Harper was willing to form a coalition in 2004 with the NDP and the Bloc but now he is fearmongering by trying to convince voters that coalitions are a pact with the devil!

Harper has also, repeatedly, brought up the term 'separatists' as if the country is on the verge of disintegrating! I absolutely cannot believe the gaul of this man or the stupidity of those that blindly worship every lie that this man utters.

Japan would stand a much better chance at receiving aid from the Canadian Government if we didn't have a psychopathic dictator at it's helm. Although Harper made a big show of promising aid to Haiti, the money he pledged had already been earmarked to go to that country before the quake. It was the Canadian people who showed empathy and reached into their pockets magnanimously, not the Harper government.
From Tokyo
Comment by M Craven on 27th March 2011
Canadian politicians would rather waste $300 million on an unnecessary election... if Japan were a poor third world nation, politicians could look good donating millions instead of just the $500,000 I understand they have given. Maybe Canadian politicians don't care because there is no rioting, looting and killing going on to keep people watching.
How you think Canadians would deal with a disaster like that in Japan. How would we act? Would we pull together or fall apart?