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In a town about two hours north of the Fukushima power plant, the destruction is countered by Japanese working diligently and with dignity to recover from disaster.
Libya's government has been insisting it's not at war with its own people. Officials claim Islamist radicals from outside Libya are behind the uprising. And Tuesday, they set out to prove it — showing journalists a prisoner whose story neatly fits the profile the government has been highlighting.
Thousands of Japanese are crisscrossing the area where the tsunami hit, trying to find missing loved ones. Hand-scrawled notes plead from message boards, asking relatives to call. One 23-year-old spent $800 and 18 hours to get to her parents' home when she couldn't reach them by phone.
Japan grapples with the mounting humanitarian crisis that has followed from the massive earthquake and tsumani. Thousands are dead and displaced in the northeastern part of the country.
The death toll continues to climb in Japan after Friday's devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake created a tsunami that swept the country's eastern coast. NPR's Rob Gifford talks to host Guy Raz from Osaka, Japan, about the latest developments.
A powerful earthquake hit Japan's northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a giant tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland. Journalist Lucy Craft, who is in Tokyo, talks to Ari Shapiro about the quake, which rattled a 1,300-mile stretch of coastline.
Victims of the aerial bombing campaign in Ras Lanuf and Brega come into the hospitals fast. Doctors say casualties have doubled since intensive bombing campaign started — and at least 60 percent of casualties are the results of air strikes.
Relatives say their main frustration is that there are no investigations — let alone arrests — of those responsible for the killing of protesters during Egypt's revolution. They question whether the price their loved ones paid was worth it.
The island kingdom's capital city, Manama, is lined with glass-and-steel skyscrapers that reflect the blue-green waters of the Persian Gulf. But less than 10 miles away is another Bahrain — the poor village of Karzakan. There, Shiite villagers say they're treated like second-class citizens in a country ...
In western Libya, government soldiers are surrounding individual towns and cities, with rebels holed up inside. It has been little covered by the Western media because the area is all but sealed off to everyone but residents and soldiers.
There has been fierce fighting Sunday in the pro-Gadhafi stronghold of eastern Libya. Rebel forces met with strong resistance from the army loyal to Moammar Gadhafi.
There are reports of fresh fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi on Libya's Mediterranean coast. One of the latest battlefields is the oil port of Ras Lanuf. It was initially seized by rebels after the uprising in mid-February, but then recaptured by Gadhafi loyalists. Now the ...
The move by the Chinese government comes after anonymous online calls urging people to get out onto the streets to kick-start a Chinese "jasmine revolution" in light of unrest in the Arab World. The protests haven't materialized.
Many Egyptians commend the country's military for wanting to relinquish political power sooner rather than later. But there are also concerns that six months may not be enough time for new political parties to get on their feet.
Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have retaken the eastern city of Brega. Rebels in the east fear this is the start of a broader offensive against towns that have toppled Gadhafi's rule.
After two decades of civil war in Somalia, Mogadishu remains one of the world's most dangerous cities. But every morning, hundreds of thousands of people wake up there and somehow make it through another day.
A ball-cap-wearing lawyer, a balding oil executive and an air force pilot who "couldn't bomb my own people" — these three have emerged as lead characters in the rebellion that took over Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city.
Legal and military experts say the U.S. and other countries had better get busy with a coordinated answer to piracy, now that the level of violence has spiked. Four American civilians were killed off the coast of Somalia this week.
Libyan army troops who have defected to join the pro-democracy rebels are trying to organize an offensive against the regime, according to senior military commanders in Benghazi, the birthplace of the uprising. What's unclear is how unified the fractured military command is.
In the eastern Libyan city of Bayda, a new government is being formed. As forces loyal to Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi reportedly held on to control of the capital city of Tripoli, the eastern part of the country is in the hands of the rebels, who are now trying to organize themselves.
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