From THE MAIL:
Overheating fuel rods are exposed to the elements through a huge hole in the wall of a reactor building at the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant. Radiation is streaming into the atmosphere from the used uranium rods at reactor number four, after a 45-ft deep storage pool designed to keep them stable boiled dry in a fire.
Lars-Erik De Geer of the Swedish Defence Research Institute, said particles would eventually be detected across Europe.
'It is not something you see normally,' he said. 'But it is not high from any danger point of view. It is only a question of very, very low activities so it is nothing for people to worry about.'
But I am worried. I have met the children of Chernobyl and my prayers are both heartfelt and informed.
The death toll in Japan climbed past 6,500 on Friday as search teams continued to comb through the rubble. Japan's National Police agency said 6,548 people were confirmed dead and 10,354 were reported missing as of Friday.
From THE BBC (South Asia):
Tribal leaders in the Pakistani region of North Waziristan have vowed revenge against the US after drones killed more than 40 people near the Afghan border.
"We are a people who wait 100 years to exact revenge. We never forgive our enemy," the elders said in a statement.
Heavy arms fire rang out in Abidjan early Friday in a stronghold of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan where an earlier attack left up to 30 dead.
From THE BBC:
At least eight anti-government protesters have been shot dead by Yemeni forces in Sanaa. Following Friday prayers, dozens were wounded when government forces opened fire on a group of protesters gathered near the university calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to stand down.
Saudi Shi'ites marched in the kingdom's oil-producing east Wednesday, demanding the release of prisoners and voicing support for Shi'ites in nearby Bahrain.
From THE BBC (Asia-Pacific):
Australian police have fired tear gas to subdue rioting asylum seekers at the Christmas Island detention centre following days of unrest and after about 250 detainees set fire to buildings and attacked security staff.
Inmates say they are protesting against living conditions and the time it takes to process their asylum applications. Some asylum seekers have been reportedly held for 18 months.
Posted by Ormonde Plater at THROUGH THE DUST:
Murdered in the New Orleans metro area this week:
3/6 Marco Rodriquez-Chacon 34 m Shot Jefferson (Missed this one last week)
3/11 Shedrick L. Turner 27 M Shot Orleans
3/12 Joshua Brooks 18 M Shot Orleans
3/16 unidentified ? M Shot Orleans
Please pray for the victims, their murderers, and their families.
Posted by Bad Alice at BAD ALICE:
I’ve been patiently waiting for my mood to shift a bit, and a horrid sort of aimlessness has settled over me. Options appear to my eyes with the same dull hues, nothing bright and obvious and appealing. I read to keep my mind occupied rather than circling like a vulture.
I was really hoping that the thyroid pills I’ve been prescribed would kick ennui’s butt. I'm always hoping there will be an a-ha moment that puts everything right.
Posted by Grandmère Mimi at WOUNDED BIRD:
Starting today and for the next several days, members of the vestries and congregations of four churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana will be interviewing and spending time with six candidates for rectors priests-in-charge for four churches in the diocese.
St. John's in Thibodaux
St. Margaret's in Baton Rouge
St. Mary's in Franklin
Christ Episcopal Church in Slidell.
Please join your prayers with ours that God will guide the diocesan leadership, the members of the congregations, and the candidates.
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