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The operators of the Japanese nuclear plant damaged in Friday’s earthquake and tsunami say central cooling functions are being restored following a number of explosions and a fire which release dangerous levels of radiation. The company has now revealed that 4 explosions took place rather than the 3 reported earlier. And it’s struggling to contain the most critical reactor. Chris Hogg reports from Tokyo.

Since Friday, they’ve been struggling to cool the fuel rods in 4 reactors in Fukushima power plant. A series of explosions and fire have hampered that work. For a while, dangerously high levels of radiation were admitted. The later felt level’s still abnormal, but no longer a threat to human health. They are still pumping sea water through the reactors to try to stabilize them. The longer this goes on, the more chance they have a success ‘cause over time the rods will cool. But the repeatedly releases of different amounts of radiation, some large, some small, are nerving the Japanese.

Amidst concerns about radiation. a number of airlines have cancelled flights to Tokyo. Austria says it’s moving its embassy to Osaka, 400 km southwest of Tokyo while China is preparing to evacuate its nationals from the area closest to the damaged nuclear plant.

The Japanese authorities are still struggling to cope with the humanitarian aftermaths of Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. More than half a million people are living in temporary shelters, which are short of water, food and fuel. While more freezing weather and snow is predicted for the days ahead. Nearly 3,500 people are now known to have died. Alex Reed had visited one of the worst affected parts of northern Japan, Minami San reports.

Yuki Sato is 80. He showed me where the 30 meter high waves dump debris on his backdoor step, but left the family home untouched.

“It was astonishing. There used to be lots of houses down there. And they all gone. The buildings from below washed up here.”

There’s little left, the roofs piled high, the wooden shards of the homes ripped up and the old family photo protruding from the mud.

European Union countries agree to carry out stress test in all nuclear power stations, following the accident outside the Japanese Fukushima plant. The energy commissioner said the test will take place before the end of year.

Earlier Germany said it was taking its oldest nuclear power stations off line, for a three-month period during which safety standards will be reviewed.

The Ugandan governments and Anglo-Irish oil and gas company, Tullow have signed an agreement that paves the way for the construction of a 10 billion dollar oil refinery. Uganda gives its consent to the arrangement once Tullow agrees to pay more than 400 million dollars the government says the company owed in taxes.

Word news from the BBC.

At least two people have died in Bahrain. And hundreds have been injured in clashes between pro-democracy demonstrators and security forces. Doctors appeal for international help to ensure access to the wounded. The latest violence followed the imposition of state of emergency by Bahrain Sunni rulers, who earlier asked for the intervention of Saudi-led forces. This woman from Sitra, a Shia village outside the capital Manama told the BBC what she heard from there.

“Ahm… armed civilians are being attacked by live rounds, and the accents the troops were…, so we knew that these are the Saudi troops who came yesterday. They start shooting people and the house center now under siege. There are 200 wounded people there. And the doctors there they want them get treated, but the hospitals are under siege, so they can’t. Even the ambulances are taken by the troops. ”

Rival-held positions in Libya have come out under sustained attack from land and airs as ro-Gaddafi troops continue to advance eastward. Fighter jets bomb the outskirts of the town of Ajdabiya. The Ian Pannel reports.

If as it looks likely, Ajdabiya falls, it could give Colonel Gaddafi unfettered access to the main road to the border with Egypt and it would effectively cut off Benghazi to block many smaller towns on the northeast coast. Opposition fighters have shown they are willfully ill-prepared and equipped to hold the advanced government troops. Unless military units that defected weeks ago now take a leading role, the 17th February revolution could be in a real danger.

A judge in the United States has found a former nurse guilty of encouraging two people suffering from depression to commit suicide. William Melchert-Dinkel was accused of trolling the internet for depress people and then entering fake suicide packs or telling them how to kill themselves. He is due to be sentenced in May.

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