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Prime minister tours crippled power plant

TOKYO — Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda toured the crippled Fukushima power station Sunday in a show of resolve over the nuclear disaster there, amid strong public scepticism about his energy policy.

Mr. Noda, who reshuffled his Cabinet last week before a possible snap general election, encouraged the crews who worked to contain the plant’s dangerous molten reactors after last year’s earthquake and tsunami.

The quake and tsunami knocked out the Fukushima Daiichi power station’s cooling systems, sparking the world’s worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

The plant, about 120 miles northeast of Tokyo, has continued releasing radiation into the environment, forcing tens of thousands of residents to evacuate the region.

“I believe that your work in various places on the frontline has enabled us to embark on efforts to decommission the reactors,” said Mr. Noda, clad in workman’s clothing.

After changing into white protective gear, he went to the power station and inspected a reactor where workers were planning to remove spent nuclear fuel from a storage pool.

LIBYA

Prime minister dumped in no-confidence vote

TRIPOLI — Libya’s parliament Sunday approved a vote of no confidence in the newly elected prime minister, removing him from his post.

Mustafa Abushagur had until Sunday to form a Cabinet or risk losing his job.

His initial list of ministers was criticized for not being diverse.

Mr. Abushagur was Libya’s first elected prime minister after last year’s overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

The General National Congress voted 125-44 in favor of removing Mr. Abushagur.

ISRAEL

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