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Thousands demand end to nuclear power

TOKYO (AP) -- Chanting "Sayonara nuclear power" and waving banners, tens of thousands of people marched in central Tokyo on Monday to call on Japan's government to abandon atomic energy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear accident.

The demonstration underscores how deeply a Japanese public long accustomed to nuclear power has been affected by the March 11 crisis, when a tsunami caused core meltdowns at three reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex.

The disaster -- the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl -- saw radiation spew across a wide part of northeastern Japan, forcing the evacuation of some 100,000 people who lived near the plant and raising fears of contamination in everything from fruit and vegetables to fish and water.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who took office earlier this month, has said Japan will restart reactors that clear safety checks. But he has also said the country should reduce its reliance on atomic energy over the long term.

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Armed men invade pub, slaughter 36

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Armed men from the Congo burst into a pub in the central African nation of Burundi on Sunday and killed 36 people, an official said Monday. One wounded man said an attacker yelled: "Make sure there's no survivors."

Burundi, a tiny nation still reeling from a civil war that killed more than 250,000 people, is awash in weapons but attacks like the one Sunday night are rare. Still, the region borders eastern Congo, which is wracked by violence from rebel groups.

Bujumbura province governor Jacques Minani said the attackers targeted the pub in Gatumba, west of Burundi's capital, after crossing the river from the Congo.

Congolese military spokesman Col. Sylvain Ekenge said officials were "astonished" by reports that the attackers were believed to be from his country.

He said the perpetrators are more likely to be rebels from Burundi's last rebel army, the Forces for National Liberation.

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