Prime Minister Kan wants to wean Japan from nuclear power
TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Wednesday the Fukushima nuclear crisis had convinced him that Japan should wean itself from nuclear power and eventually have no atomic plants.
India’s ageing rail network one of world’s most dangerous
NEW DELHI - Indian train drivers complain of exhausting working hours and a lack of basic safety equipment — some of the numerous hazards facing one of the busiest and most deadly rail networks in the world.
Palestinians start to feel pain from new strategy
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinians’ drive to forge a new Middle East strategy, opposed by Israel and the United States, is starting to exact a financial price that will test their resolve.
What next for Malaysian PM after anti-govt rally?
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will likely hold off on calling a snap election any time soon and rethink tough economic reforms to consolidate support after a rare anti-government protest highlighted the opposition’s growing strength.
Independent South Sudan “free at last”, tensions remain
JUBA - Tens of thousands of South Sudanese danced and cheered as their new country formally declared its independence on Saturday, a hard-won separation from the north that also plunged the fractured region into a new period of uncertainty.
Malaysia’s dilemma: Can it reform and discriminate?
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - Dr. Mahathir Mohamad sits at a vast desk cluttered with work, hands clasped before him and looking at his visitors with a slight smile.
Australian cities among world’s most expensive
The soaring Australian dollar has turned the country’s four biggest cities into some of the most expensive locations in the world, according to a new global survey published Thursday.
Iran’s nuclear steps deepen Western suspicions
VIENNA -- Expanding uranium enrichment, a new atomic energy chief said to have military expertise, missile tests — Western analysts see fresh signs that Iran may be seeking to develop the means to build nuclear warheads.
Sudan’s division echoes in war-ravaged Darfur
KERINDING CAMP, Sudan - For many in Sudan’s war-battered Darfur region, the division of the country on Saturday will not be a cause for celebration.
Crisis brings angst, no answers to Japan’s Atomic Arcade
TSURUGA, Japan - Japanese housewife Kayako Hayashi used to think nuclear power was a risk worth taking. Now she just doesn’t know.