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World Week Ahead: Japan’s Nuclear Threat; Pressure on Libya

Sailors prepare to deliver supplies for relief efforts in Japan following earthquake. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy

Japan’s triple whammy — earthquake, tsunami and a possible nuclear disaster, which Prime Minister Naoto Kan called the worst crisis since World War II — will dominate the week.

The death toll could well surpass that 6,500 killed in the Kobe quake in 1995, and the future of Japan’s nuclear reactors, as well as the global nuclear energy program, hang in the balance.

Read: The International Atomic Energy Agency is tracking nuclear developments in Japan.

Click: The Washington Post offers an interactive on how the nuclear emergency developed.

In Libya, we will be following the combination of increasing Western pressure, the Arab League call for a no-fly zone, and the intensifying offensive that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s forces are waging against the opposition.

Read: A U.N. blog rounds up resources on the no-fly zone debate.

Unrest also continues in Yemen, where police are clashing with protesters demanding an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year rule.

Coming Soon: Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Syria about its leaders’ reactions to the turmoil in surrounding countries.

MONDAY: A court in Lahore, Pakistan refused to rule on whether or not Raymond Davis, an American accused of killing two men on a motorbike who he said were trying to rob him, has diplomatic immunity, prolonging the legal proceedings.

Read: The Wall Street Journal describes the latest developments.

TUESDAY: Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, testifies at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday and its House counterpart on Wednesday. His appearances come before Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s expected announcement on March 21 on which parts of Afghanistan will be handed over from international forces to Afghan control.

WEDNESDAY: President Obama meets with new Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in Washington, where the two are likely to discuss Ireland’s financial woes and events in Libya.

Read: The Irish Times reports on how no decision came about on cutting the interest rate on Ireland’s bailout loans at a eurozone summit over the weekend.

SUNDAY: Haitians head back to the polls on March 20 for a run-off election to see who will replace President Rene Preval, who is barred from running for a third consecutive term.

Read: The Miami Herald recaps a rare televised debate between the two candidates — Michel Martelly, a musician known as “Sweet Micky”, and professor and legal scholar Mirlande Manigat.

Follow all of our international coverage on our World page and @NewsHourWorld.

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