April 1st, 2011
11:59 PM ET
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09:45 PM ET

Keeping Them Honest in Japan: Join the Live Chat

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We're Keeping Them Honest on Japan's nuclear crisis. Plus, a violent day in Syria. Protesters shot to death on the street by government security forces. Also new attacks in Libya in the besieged city of Misrata, along with new signs of cracks in Gadhafi's regime and possible signs of better organization amongst the opposition.

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April 1st, 2011
09:28 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Homeless in Japan for Months

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tens of thousands of people evacuated from a 12-mile area around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant may not be allowed home for months.

"The evacuation period is going to be longer than we wanted it to be," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said about the 78,000 people who lived closest to the plant.

Meanwhile, a second test shows no radioactive contamination of beef in Japan. Health officials announced Friday that earlier testing showing some contamination was wrong.

High radiation levels at the plant are still causing concern. Workers can't find the source.

Crews have sprayed more than 500 gallons of synthetic resin, a substance used to contain radioactive particles.

There’s also word that the world's largest cement pumps will be shipped to Japan aboard transport planes.

The giant trucks with powerful pumps and flexible arms can be used to fire cement to seal the site.

In 1986, the same equipment was used entomb Chernobyl's melted core reactor.

Tom Foreman will use our data wall to show you how the specialized trucks could be used in Japan.

We'll also talk with our reporters in Libya where opposition leaders revealed their conditions for a cease-fire.

Among their key demands: regime change in Libya, and the removal of snipers.

But the Libyan government isn't backing down.

"They are asking us to withdraw from our own cities, and open our cities to people who are holding up arms, who are tribal, violent, no unified leadership," Libyan government spokesman Musa Ibrahim said.

"If this is not mad, then I don't know what it is," he added.

We also have amazing video of a dog rescued from the roof of a house afloat in the sea in Japan three weeks after the quake and tsunami hit.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET.

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
April 1st, 2011
07:45 PM ET

Libyan opposition lays out conditions for cease-fire

CNN Wire Staff

Tripoli, Libya (CNN) - Battles raged in Libya on Friday as mixed messages of peace put forth from several corners brought no guarantees of an end to the bloody conflict.

In the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, Libyan opposition leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil laid out conditions for a cease-fire with Moammar Gadhafi's forces.

Among them were the removal of snipers, mercenaries and militias from western cities, an end to the sieges laid on cities such as Misrata and freedom of expression for the Libyan people.

But ultimately, he said, the opposition's goal remains regime change in Libya.

Jalil spoke at a podium with the United Nations special envoy to Libya, Abdelilah al-Khatib, who had carried the opposition's message to Tripoli the day before.

Al-Khatib reiterated that the U.N. objective is to achieve a cease-fire and end the loss of civilian lives but he did not mention regime change, highlighting the discrepancy between the stated objectives of the Libyan opposition and the international community.

Meanwhile in Tripoli, Libyan government spokesman Musa Ibrahim told reporters that the rebels are not "really serious" about the offer of a cease-fire, which he said was tied to "silly conditions."

"They are asking us to withdraw from our own cities and open our cities to people, who are holding up arms, who are tribal, violent, no unified leadership, al Qaeda links, and no one knows who they are. If this is not mad, then I don't know what it is," he said. "We will not leave our cities. We will not stop protecting our civilians."

Ibrahim added that the Libyan government is ready for peace.

Sources close to Gadhafi told CNN that political solutions are still possible but that the Libyan leader would relinquish power only to others within his inner circle.

They said there is still time for dialogue but expressed doubts about who would represent the opposition.

Any transition, they said, would involve Gadhafi's second son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, and for such a transition to take place there would first have to be an end to the fighting.

The sources added that there is an emerging consensus within the regime that the old guard must prepare to give way to a younger generation of leaders.

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April 1st, 2011
06:52 PM ET

Beat 360° 4/1/11

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

Prince William greets Queen Elizabeth II as the Duke of Edinburgh, right, looks on during a visit to RAF Valley where Prince William is stationed as a search and rescue helicopter pilot on April 1, 2011 in Holyhead, United Kingdom. (Photo credit: Christopher Furlong – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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April 1st, 2011
04:45 PM ET

Protests ripple across Syria; at least 7 dead

Rima Maktabi and Salma Abdelaziz

(CNN) - At least seven people died and dozens were injured as Syrian troops assaulted demonstrators who took to the streets after Friday prayers, witnesses and activists said.

Troops used gunfire amid protests in the Damascus suburb of Douma, according to witnesses and opposition sources, and one witness saw at least six dead demonstrators taken into a hospital morgue. Witnesses also said a man was shot in the head with a rubber bullet and dozens were injured.

Another death and 10 injuries occurred when troops shot at protesters marching toward the southern town of Al Sanameen, witnesses said.

Protests also were reported by witnesses in the cities of Daraa, Latakia, Homs, Baniyas and Kamishli, sources said. Opposition sources cited witnesses in Homs as saying thousands of people had gathered around a mosque.

Security forces used tear gas in several locations to try to disperse demonstrators, witnesses said.

Anti-government activists had promised demonstrations in Syria on Friday to air their grievances against the Bashar al-Assad government.

Tensions have been high as dozens of people have been killed recently in Daraa in the south and Latakia in the west - both centers of ferment.

Full story

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Middle East
April 1st, 2011
09:30 AM ET

Safety upgrades ordered at Japan nuclear plants

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Immediate safety upgrades will be put into place at nuclear plants throughout Japan in the wake of a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant triggered by a tsunami that resulted from a massive earthquake earlier this month, the Japanese government said Wednesday.

The goal of the regulations is to make nuclear plant operators capable of preventing damage to reactor cores and spent fuel rods, prevent the emission of radioactivity and recover cooling mechanisms in a situation where a tsunami compromises a plant's cooling systems, Banri Kaieda, a Japanese Cabinet member, said Wednesday.

Plants will be required to inspect their devices and equipment in order to test their ability to withstand a tsunami, the government said. In addition, plants will be required to make emergency plans and run an emergency drill, acting as if cooling systems have been compromised, Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said in a statement. They will also have to ensure they have access to an alternative power source if emergency power fails and implement emergency cooling water solutions.

The tsunami that hit March 11 flooded the generators supplying backup power to the Daiichi plant, and backup battery power only lasted for a few hours. Workers were left scrambling to find a way to cool the reactors and spent fuel pools to avoid a meltdown. More recently, efforts at the plant have been focused on restoring power and deciding how to handle contaminated water discovered within the plant.

Full story

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April 1st, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #802 'Hard choices in Libya'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: The White House seems to be simultaneously hoping for good news from Libya, and yet backing rapidly away from any further military support for the opposition there. That’s what I’m writing about in today’s letter to the president.

Dear Mr. President,

After all the events you have been dealing with over the past few weeks, you must hate to go into a Friday facing a tough question, and yet it seems as if one is before you.

Just days ago you said that the United States could not stand by and watch Moammar Gadhafi slaughter his own citizens to secure his future power. And yet, now, as NATO takes over control of the fight in Libya, it appears that such an event is still a real possibility.

Simultaneously, you and your team have made it clear that you have no intention of putting American troops on the ground in Libya.

So now what?

April 1st, 2011
12:12 AM ET

Video: Journalists recount being taken in Libya

Editor's note: This video clip is the entirety of Part 1 of Anderson's interview with the four New York Times journalists. Tune in to AC360° Friday night beginning at 10pm ET to watch Part 2.

Related: Freed New York Times journalists thought they would die in Libya

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