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World Briefs: U.N. says radiation doses below norms
The U.N. health agency’s first global estimate Wednesday of radiation exposure from the earthquake and tsunami March 11, 2011, that triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says increases in radiation were below cancer-causing levels in nearly all of Japan.
The agency’s 124-page report also says neighboring countries had levels similar to normal background radiation and for the rest of the world there was some minor exposure through food.
The U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency previously has confirmed that radiation levels in some Japanese milk and vegetables reached significantly higher levels than Japan allows for consumption.
Party distances from ex-governor
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s former ruling party said Wednesday it will suspend the party membership of a former governor accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from drug cartels.
The Institutional Revolutionary Party said the former governor of the border state of Tamaulipas, Tomas Yarrington, will be suspended until the accusations are cleared up. The party, known as the PRI, held Mexico’s presidency without interruption from 1929 to 2000, and continues to govern most Mexican states.
“The PRI calls upon Mr. Yarrington to fully cooperate with the appropriate authorities to clear up the acts of which he is accused,” the party said in a news release. “Mr. Yarrington should face his personal responsibility … Where illegal acts are proved, the law should be fully applied.”
The party in the past has often been accused of protecting governors against charges of corruption and malfeasance, and only two former governors - one of them a PRI member - have been arrested in recent memory.
Official: Sanctions have cost $4 billion
BEIRUT — Syria’s oil minister blamed international sanctions Wednesday for shortages of cooking gas and other basic goods, saying the measures have bled $4 billion from the nation’s ailing economy.
President Bashar Assad’s regime must strike a delicate balance toward the U.S. and EU sanctions as it confronts a 15-month-old uprising against its rule, acknowledging their heavy toll while denying the regime’s grip on power is in any way shaken.
Sufian Allaw said the punitive measures were to blame for the shortages that have left Syrians across the country standing in long lines to pay inflated prices for cooking gas, fuel, sugar and other staples.
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