The 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011 brought a devastating effect to the country. A lot of people in Japan have lost their lives, their loved ones, their houses, and other properties already. And yet, they are not still safe because of the possible explosion of the Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Radiation already leaked from the nuclear power plant despite the efforts to contain it.
Some food and water near the area got contaminated already because of the radiation. Today, CNN reports, “Japan reactor core may be leaking radioactive material, official says” and BBC reports, “Japan investigation into nuclear plant radiation leak”.
The protesters in Egypt have been marching on the street demanding Mubarak to step down as president of Egypt. President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt has been in power for 30 years already. The protesters have been calling for democratization and a government that they feel represents them.
As anti-government demonstrations continue, Egypt’s armed forces said that it will not use force nor violence against the demonstrators.
Thirty-three miners in Chile were found alive surviving inside a shelter some 2,300 feet underground. They got trapped inside the copper and gold mine in San Jose since August 5, 2010. According to the news report, it is estimated that it would take three to four months to reach or rescue the miners.
Hong Kong leaders expressed their “disappointment” to the way the Philippine authorities handled the hostage-taking in Manila. A lot of people were furious and angry at the action of the Philippine police. Hong Kong has put up a warning to avoid all travel to Philippines. So far, all the other tours to the Philippines have been cancelled.
25 people, including 22 Hong Kong tourists, were taken hostage inside a tourist bus near the Quirino Grandstand at Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. The hostage-taker was a bemedalled former police officer Rolando Mendoza. Earlier, Rolando Mendoza has released 9 people. He also claimed that he was unjustly accused and would like to have his job back.
The hostage-taking is ongoing, please tune in at CNN or BBC television channel.
An Israeli woman soldier’s behavior posing with handcuffed Palestinian soldiers was condemned by army officials of Israel. The woman already left the military as she only served the military for a year. It is not clear if the military will be able to take action against her.
HIV-positive Nadja Benaissa was one of the singers of the all-female pop band No Angels in Germany. She was accused of causing grievous bodily harm and attempted bodily harm for not telling her sexual partners that she was HIV-positive. She knew about her condition since 1999. She joined the pop band No Angels when it was formed in 2000.
Myanmar, also knowns as Burma, which has been under military rule since 1962 sets election in November 07, 2010, 20 years after the last election in 1990. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi who was under house arrest since 1989 won in that 1990 election but the military-junta refused to recognize the results. The ongoing detention of Aung San Suu Kyi was extended up to November 2010 and she was barred from participating in the upcoming national elections.
According to CNN.com today’s news, “Although the death toll is lower, the 15 million people affected are more than those affected in the 2005 Pakistan earthquakes, the 2004 Indonesia tsunami and the January earthquake in Haiti combined.”