Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011
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Libya declares ceasefire following Security Council resolution

Top news: Libya's government has declared an immediate ceasefire, just hours after a U.N. Security Council resolution was passed imposing a no-fly zone over the country. Libya's Foreign Minister Mussa Kussa said the ceasefire was intended to "protect civilians."
Meanwhile, Britain announced that it would deploy Typhoon and and Tornado fighter jets "in the coming hours" to enforce the no-fly zone. France has also vowed action "soon." NATO surveillance AWACS planes are already providing reconnaissance off the coast of Libya. Britain and France are holding emergency meeting with NATO today to discuss how the no-fly zone will be enforced.
It's still unclear what role U.S. forces will play in enforcing the no-fly zone. All parties are also insisting that Arab league countries take part in the operations and help pay for them to avoid the appearance of the west attacking a Muslim country.
Japan: Engineers are still trying to fix a power cable in order to restart cooling pumps at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, but conceded they may be forced to burt the plant in concrete and sand -- the method used following the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.