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Tokyo rally celebrates last reactor shutoff

TOKYO (AP) -- Thousands of Japanese marched to celebrate the switching off of the last of their nation's 50 nuclear reactors Saturday, waving banners shaped as giant fish that have become a potent anti-nuclear symbol.

Japan was without electricity from nuclear power for the first time in four decades when the reactor at Tomari nuclear plant on the northern island of Hokkaido went offline for mandatory routine maintenance.

After last year's March 11 quake and tsunami set off meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, no reactor halted for checkups has been restarted amid public worries about the safety of nuclear technology.

"Today is a historic day," Masashi Ishikawa shouted to a crowd gathered at a Tokyo park, some holding traditional "koinobori" carp-shaped banners for Children's Day that have become a symbol of the anti-nuclear movement.

"There are so many nuclear plants, but not a single one will be up and running today, and that's because of our efforts," Ishikawa said.

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Airstrikes kill five in anti-terror offensive

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni airstrikes killed five militants in the south Saturday as the country's president vowed to intensify his campaign against al-Qaida militants.

Government troops have been waging an offensive against the terror network for several weeks after militants took advantage of Yemen's political turmoil to expand their presence.

Military officials said airstrikes Saturday in the southern city of Lawder, in Abyan province, killed five militants. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release the information.

President Abed Rabo Mansour Hadi said Saturday that the fight against the group is just beginning.

"The battle against al-Qaida has not yet started in earnest and will not end until every village, district and area is cleansed of terrorists," he said.

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Authorities arrest human rights activist

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- A prominent human rights activist has been arrested by Bahraini authorities, a move that could further escalate the nearly 15-month-old unrest between opposition groups and the rulers of the Gulf kingdom.

A statement from Bahrain's Interior Ministry said public prosecutors ordered the arrest of Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. The group has been active in calling attention to alleged abuses by Bahraini security forces and crackdowns such as widespread arrests and workplace purges. Rajab also was affiliated with international groups such as Human Rights Watch.

The statement gave no other immediate details.