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Areas Of Northern Japan May Be Off Limits For Years

Six months after the accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant, the Japanese government has declared eight areas near the reactors as potential no-go zones for the next two decades. Many residents remain homeless. Beyond the hot zone, many people have decided to stay, but are worried about elevated radiation levels.
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Potential Greek Default Worries European Politicians

Deepening concerns that debt-troubled Greece may default — and increasingly strident comments by several politicians in Germany about that possibility — helped send European markets sharply lower on Monday, raising worries about the sector's health.
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Cuban Offshore Drilling Plans Raise U.S. Concerns

A Chinese-built oil rig is expected to begin drilling exploratory wells in Cuban waters 60 miles from the Florida Keys as soon as November. And a group of U.S. oil spill experts says American trade sanctions against Cuba stand in the way of proper spill preparation and coordinated cleanup.
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Turkish Leader Begins 'Arab Spring' Tour

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyep Erdogan is visiting the three Arab countries that this year ousted long-time authoritarian leaders — Libya, Egypt and Tunisia. Turkey is playing an increasingly prominent role in the region and is looking to start on good terms with the new leaders in these countries.
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Blast At French Nuclear Waste Plant Leaves One Dead

An explosion at a nuclear waste processing plant in France has left one person dead and four others injured — one seriously. The French nuclear authority says the blast was contained within a furnace, and there is no leak of radioactive material. The plant, which lies about 25 miles north of Avignon, is not involved in electricity production and has no nuclear reactors.
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Possible Greek Default Worries European Politicians

Deepening concerns that debt-troubled Greece might default — and increasingly strident comments by several politicians in Germany about that possibility — helped send European markets sharply lower Monday. One German politician said it can't be ruled out that Greece might have to leave the eurozone. French banks — which are heavily exposed to the Greek debt — were particularly hard hit Monday, with some leading banks down more than 10 percent.
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How Did Europe's Financial Crisis Start?

Michele Norris talks to Michael Mackenzie, U.S. markets editor at the Financial Times, about Europe's deepening debt crisis: how it started, what the global markets can expect and what that all means for the U.S.

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