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World news briefs — compiled Sept. 19

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JAPAN

Quake near nuclear site

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake early today hit the Japanese prefecture that is home to the nuclear power plant crippled in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of about 13 miles under Fukushima Prefecture and about 110 miles northeast of Tokyo. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue an alert. The Japanese news agency Kyodo News reported that the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., observed no abnormality in radiation or equipment after the quake. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday ordered TEPCO to scrap all six reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant and concentrate on tackling pressing issues like leaks of radioactive water. The 2011 disaster caused three reactors to melt and damaged a fuel cooling pool at another. Officials have acknowledged that radiation-contaminated groundwater has been seeping into the Pacific Ocean since soon after the meltdowns.

SOUTH AFRICA

Mine inquiry criticized

A state panel on Thursday said South African police lied, withheld documents and apparently doctored other papers during a government-appointed investigation of the police killings of 34 striking miners last year. The revelation by the Marikana Commission of Inquiry is bound to heighten concerns about the police force, which is struggling to stem high crime rates, and points to wider concerns among some South Africans who believe the nation has not lived up to the high expectations that prevailed when all-race elections were held for the first time in 1994 to end white minority rule.

GERMANY

Tiger kills zookeeper

German authorities say a tiger attacked and killed his keeper at a zoo in the country’s northwest. The local fire department said the 57-year-old keeper was killed in the Allwetterzoo Muenster on Thursday afternoon after apparently not noticing he had left one animal behind after he moved a group of tigers into a new enclosure. The tiger then attacked the keeper and bit him fatally on the neck.

Compiled from wire reports.


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