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EU to discuss Libya, Japan

world Updated: Mar 21, 2011 08:01 IST
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The foreign ministers of 27 member countries of the European Union will meet in Brussels Monday to discuss situations in Libya and Japan.

A coalition of American, British and French forces bombed by air and from the sea key targets in Libya in aid of rebels holding Benghazi, the country's second largest city.

Libya has been rocked by anti-government protests since Feb 14. Protesters are demanding the ouster of Gaddafi, who has ruled the country for about 42 years.

A new UN Security Council resolution on Libya adopted Thursday encompasses a no-fly zone and "all necessary measures" against forces loyal to Gaddafi.

Libyan television reported citing military officials that at least 50 civilians were killed and over 150 wounded in military attacks of the coalition forces.

In Japan, Fukushima nuclear power plant was hit by a number of explosions following a magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami March 11 that killed thousands of people.

Efforts are still underway to try to cool the overheating nuclear cores in the reactors in a bid to prevent nuclear meltdown.