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The Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant Reactor Numbers Three and Four on March 20, 2011. Smoke rises over Three. (AFP/Getty Images)

Japan Nuclear Disaster Now Among Worst Ever, France Wants More In Libya

Apr 12, 2011

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Japanese nuclear officials boosted the crisis level at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear complex to seven. The international scale doesn't reach any higher. Only the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in Russia during 1984 was worse. There are some differences. As Kyodo News reports, the reactors didn't explode as they did in Chernobyl and currently, no one has died from massive radiation exposure.

Former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo is in the custody of his rival, Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized winner of Ivorian presidential elections. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton tells Morning Edition Ouattara inherits a badly damaged country, about a million refugees for constitutents and an ethnically and politically divided populace. As for Gbagbo? The UN wants to investigate him for bloody war crimes committed against Ivorian civilians.

Britain and France say NATO isn't bombing enough Libyan government weapons. The BBC says French foreign minister Alain Juppe insists NATO must do more to stop Col. Moammar Gadhafi from attacking civilians in Misrata. Gadhafi loyalists began firing on the city after Libyan rebels refused a cease fire agreement proposed by the African Union.

The National Weather Service confirms 10 tornadoes struck Wisconsin on Sunday. It's a near record, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The worst damage was in the central, rural part of the state where three people were hurt. BTW: it's Wisconsin's Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week.

How lawmakers compromise: with a Rickroll. A bipartisan group of Oregon state lawmakers contributed to this video joke, based on Rick Astley's pop hit. Never gonna give you up, dudes. (HT: Talking Points Memo.)

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