Eight years on, water woes threaten Fukushima cleanup
Eight years after the Fukushima nuclear crisis, a fresh obstacle threatens to undermine the massive clean-up: 1 million tons of contaminated water must be stored, possibly for years, at the power plant.
Last year, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said a system meant to purify contaminated water had failed to remove dangerous radioactive contaminants.
That means most of that water — stored in 1,000 tanks around the plant — will need to be reprocessed before it is released into the ocean, the most likely scenario for disposal.
Reprocessing could take nearly two years and divert personnel and energy from dismantling the tsunami-wrecked reactors, a project that will take up to 40 years.
Power outage in Venezuela
Three days of power outage which has left Venezuelans without communications, electricity and water. The unprecedented power outage already left 15 patients dead and threatens to extend indefinitely, increasing distress for the severe political and economic crisis hitting the oil-rich South American nation.
Malaysia court frees woman in North Korea murder case
An Indonesian woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader’s half-brother was freed on March 11 after Malaysian prosecutors dropped a murder charge against her, in a shock decision a year and a half after she went on trial. Siti Aisyah smiled as she was ushered through a pack of journalists and into a car outside the court, where she had been on trial alongside a Vietnamese woman for the murder of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017.
Federer wins Indian Wells opener
Roger Federer began his campaign for a record sixth Indian Wells title by defeating German Peter Gojowczyk 6-1 7-5 in the BNP Paribas Open in California on Sunday. Fresh from earning his 100th ATP singles title a week ago in Dubai, the Swiss fourth seed repelled a tough second set challenge from the world No. 85 to book his third-round place. World number two Rafael Nadal brushed aside American Jared Donaldson and will next face Diego Schwartzman
(With inputs from agencies)