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Japan's nuclear crisis escalates

Japan's nuclear crisis escalated to its worst level in two years today, with its nuclear watchdog saying it feared more tanks were leaking contaminated water and China expressing its shock over the disaster.

Japan's nuclear regulator also said it feared the disaster exceeded the ability of the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co, to cope "in some respects".

"Any way you look at it, this is deplorable," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. "The government will make every effort to halt the leak as soon as possible."


Bomb disposal experts have been called to a building site after a suspected World War II grenade was discovered by workmen in Birmingham.

West Midlands Police said the device was found during a house demolition.

"A builder at the site called to report a suspected grenade found during house demolition," a spokesman said. The area was sealed off last night.



Airline passengers could check emails, surf the web and stream films during flights under new proposals to equip planes with high-speed broadband.

Until now travellers have struggled with patchy access to the internet while on board and connections are often slow. But new satellite technology is expected to offer a "super-fast" service on aircraft, trains and ferries as early as next year. This would reach speeds 10 times faster than those currently available.


A flash flood has swept through a construction site in the north western Chinese province of Qinghai, killing at least 21 workers, state media reported.

Rescuers are still searching for three workers missing after the disaster in Wulan county, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Seven injured people were taken to hospital.

The remote region lies amid high mountains 1,500 miles west of Beijing, where flash floods are a frequent threat to residents and adventurers drawn by the towering peaks.