New Japan Aftershock, Gadhafi Likes Latest Proposed Truce
A powerful aftershock off eastern Japan briefly triggered a tsunami warning today. The USGS says the quake's magnitude was 6.6; the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later canceled a tsunami warning. Kyodo reports there's no new damage. It's been one month since the Tohuku Quake and tsunami struck the country, killing thousands and wrecking several nuclear reactors in Fukushima prefecture. A strong aftershock last week killed two people.
Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi accepted a ceasefire plan put forward by the African Union. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro tells Morning Edition there may even be international monitoring, according to Ramtane Lamamra, the AU negotiator from Algeria.
Because Gadhafi has broken truce agreements before, the BBC reports the Libyan rebels are studying the plan but it lacks their key demand: the removal of Gadhafi as leader. And this: Reuters talked with Libyan rebels in Misrata, who say Gadhafi loyalists are firing on them.
Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh says he welcomes a peace plan for Yemen set up by the six nation Gulf Cooperation Council. But in a statement, Saleh doesn't hint when he might leave. And Reuters reports Yemeni opposition leaders rejected it because the plan protects Saleh against any possible crimes against civilians during recent violent anti-Saleh protests.
France's new law takes effect banning burqas and certain other Islamic face coverings for women. CNN reports women who violate it can face a $190 dollar fine. French Prime Minister Francois Fillon says "The French Republic lives in a bare-headed fashion". Eleanor Beardsley tells Morning Edition French Muslims suggest French leaders create fear of Islam to detract from problems like the economy. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.