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Nearly 28,000 dead and missing in Japan disaster
Tokyo, April 18 (BNA) - Nearly 28,000 people are dead or missing in the March 11th quake and tsunami in northeastern Japan, Japanese media reported. The National Police Agency says that as of Monday morning, 13,843 people have been confirmed dead, including those who were killed in aftershocks on April 7th and 11th. 14,030 are listed as missing. The police agency says, however, that the number does not include people missing in Sendai City, the capital of Miyagi Prefecture, as authorities are checking for any overlapping reports. Miyagi Prefecture suffered the largest number of deaths at 8,412, followed by 3,981 in Iwate and 1,387 in Fukushima. About 84 percent, or 11,609, of the recovered bodies have been identified, Japan''s NHK World reported. The police agency says more than 136,000 people are still living in evacuation centers, with most of them in Miyagi,
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Teen detained from Awarta overnight
Nablus, April 18 (BNA) -- Israeli forces raided the northern west Bank village of Awarta early morning Monday, ransacked a home and detained a 16-year-old teenager, the mayor of the village Qays Awwad told Ma'an. The teen, identified as Tawfiq Hindawi Qawareiq, was taken from his home, and appears to be the latest detained in connection with an investigation into the murder of a settler family in March.
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Married couples 'take it in turns' to win arguments
London, April. 18 (BNA) -- Husbands and wives take it in turns to win arguments while unmarried couples do not, a novel experiment has found. The study was published on the Daily Telegraph today, stating that married couple tend to back down after they have won a previous argument, rather than always battling it out to be the one who prevails.
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Nigerian President Jonathan Extends Election Lead Over Muslim Rival Buhari
Abuja, April. 18 (BNA) -- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who is leading in the vote count in Nigeria’s presidential elections, is also close to meeting the constitutional requirement of winning a quarter of the votes in two-thirds of 36 states, which would give him victory in Africa’s top oil-producing nation.
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Happiness is U-shaped which explains why the middle-aged are grumpy
London, April. 18 (BNA) -- Satisfaction with life starts to drop as early as a person's late 20s and does not begin to recover until well past 50, says Bert van Landeghem, an economist at Maastricht University in Belgium. While young adults are carefree and full of hope for the future and the over-50s have come to terms with the trials of life, the research indicates that those in the middle feel weighed down by the demands on them.
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U.S. Storms Kill More Than 40
Washington, April. 18 (BNA) -- Powerful storms that have ripped across the Southeast killed more than 40 people over the past three days, according to the National Weather Service and reports from several states. A CNN meteorologist called the storms' impact on North Carolina "epic." Among the worst-hit places was Bertie County, North Carolina, a rural area in the northeast part of the state.
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Queenslanders braced for aftershocks
Canberra, April. 17 (BNA) -- Seismologists are warning north Queenslanders they could feel aftershocks for days, following yesterday's 5.4 magnitude earthquake. The quake, the most powerful in the state in more than 70 years, struck about 180km southeast of Townsville, 10km below the surface. It was felt as far away as the Whitsundays off the central coast of Queensland and in the state's capital Brisbane.
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Deputy PM visits China emphasises depth of ties
Kuala Lumpur, April. 17 (BNA) -- Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's first official visit to China from tomorrow to April 24 underlines the depth and significance of the bilateral relations between the two countries.
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Death Toll From Severe Southern Storms Rises
Atlanta, April. 17 (BNA) -- Deadly storms continued to rip through the south and southeastern parts of the U.S. on Saturday, destroying homes, downing power lines, smashing cars and toppling trees. At least 17 people in have been killed since the severe weather began. So far there have been reports of 116 tornadoes across 8 states. CNN news reported, according to a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) "The safest place to be during a tornado is in a basement," the NWS said. "Get under a workbench or other piece of sturdy furniture if no basement is available."
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S. Korea, U.S. agree to start joint study on nuclear fuel reprocessing
Seoul, April. 17 (BNA) -- South Korea and the United States have agreed to carry out a joint study on safe ways to store spent nuclear fuel, including exploring the feasibility of pyroprocessing technology, the government declared today. The Ministry for Education, Science and Technology said the two sides agreed to conduct two years of preliminary storage-related research up till 2012 that is technologically and economically viable, and does not undermine global nonproliferation efforts. The research is the first part of a three-stage, 10-year cooperative program agreed upon in Washington last October.
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