Daily Digest: Fukushima nuclear cleanup expected to take decades

Monks and family members offer silent anniversary prayers facing the sea in Iwaki, Japan on March 11, 2016. (Kyodo via AP)
Monks and family members offer silent anniversary prayers facing the sea in Iwaki, Japan on March 11, 2016. (Kyodo via AP)
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In today’s digest:

  • Five years after Fukushima nuclear disaster, cleanup expected to take decades
  • Environmental activists’ march to defend Bangladesh forest enters second day
  • UN accuses South Sudan government-allied troops of horrendous war crimes
  • Surveillance videos of the night 43 students disappeared turned over to Mexico Attorney General
  • Detained Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko agrees to ease hunger strike in Russia
  • Controlled detonation of suspicious package outside US embassy in Berlin
  • Trump supporter charged with assaulting a protester
  • Three people died in Louisiana floods

Five years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, 100,000 displaced residents remain wary of returning home. Cleanup of the melted fuel at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant is expected to take decades. Three former executives of the Tokyo Electric Power company operating the plant were indicted in February for professional negligence. The government’s bid to restart nuclear reactors is challenged by protests and legal hurdles. On Thursday, a district court issued the first injunction to halt a functioning nuclear power plant, in Takahama.

The march of environmental activists to the endangered Sundarbans mangroves forest in Bangladesh entered it second day. The march left Dhaka on Tuesday, crossed a few small towns and stopped to rest in Jhinaidah. Activists are trying to stop the construction of two Indo-Bangladeshi coal plants endangering the planet’s biggest mangroves forest. They are expecting to reach the town of Rampal on Sunday.

The UN accused South Sudan government-allied troops of horrendous war crimes, including engaging in mass rapes in lieu of soldiers wages. Over six times as many people as officially reported may have been killed in the civil war, ongoing since December 2013. An Amnesty report launched on Friday accused government troops of suffocating dozens of men and boys in Leer, Unity State on October 2015. A presidential spokesperson denied government responsibility to Al Jazeera.

Surveillance videos of the night 43 students in Mexico disappeared have been turned over to the Attorney General. Parents of the missing students of the Ayotzinapa Teachers College had previously been told the videos didn’t exist or had been lost.

Hunger-striking Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko agreed to accept water in detention. She had started refusing water on March 3 in addition to weeks of refusing food. She is protesting her detention in Russia as she waits for a verdict, due March 21. She was charged for killing two Russian TV journalists at the height of the Ukraine-Russia conflict in 2014.

A controlled detonation of a suspicious package took place outside the US embassy in Berlin, after a man claiming to have a suitcase bomb struck a guard. The man was detained.

Trump supporter John McGraw, who punched an African American protester in the face at a Trump event was charged with assault. The 78-year-old told a police officer that next time, “we may have to kill him,” citing that the protester could be from a terrorist organization.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced that three people have died because of the state’s severe weather. Amid floods, people reported fish swimming on sidewalks while the National Guard conducted high-water rescues.

Quick bites:

Turkish media outlet Voice of Jiyan announced that its reporter Hayri Tunç will be released from prison Friday. He was detained for realtime protest reporting on social media and he could still face a prison sentence. There are 32 more journalists in Turkish prisons.

A deal to cut methane emissions in the US and Canada was announced by the country’s leaders on Thursday. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama committed to a 40% to 45% reduction by 2025.

Brazil’s former president, Lula da Silva has been charged with money-laundering. Prosecutors request his arrest.

Authorities are offering a $20,000 reward for information on finding two suspects responsible for the Wilkinsburg, PA shooting that left six dead. The murder was described as “calculated” as one victim was shot 50 times while another was 8 months pregnant.

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