NATO forces led by the United States today bombed tanks manned by forces loyal to Col. Mommar al-Gaddafi near the town of Ajdabiya, which had at one point been in rebel hands and was later captured by Libyan government forces. After the bombing, there were reports that rebel forces had re-entered the town.
Meanwhile, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said that he will hand over power to an opposition group, provided that they are responsible people — what he called “safe hands”. Violent protests continue in Syria, and more demonstrators have been killed as the protests spread to Damascus. Demonstrators in Jordan were confronted by police in a public square in Amman. In Oman, protestors have organized popular forums in three cities.
In other news, the efforts to stabilize the six reactors at the Fukushima Nuclear plant in Japan have run into a setback. Pools of water in the basements of two reactor buildings were found to have exceedingly high radiation levels, and two workers were hospitalized with radiation burns. The high radiation levels could mean that the containment structures for the reactors have been breached, but any further meltdowns are considered very unlikely at this point.
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