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Egypt Ends State of Emergency After Three Decades

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CAIRO) -- After 31 years, Egypt has finally ended its notorious state of emergency.

The set of sweeping powers that had given security forces a free hand to detain and even torture Egyptian citizens was put to rest on Thursday.

It's a historic shift for Egypt, shaking off the residue of Hosni Mubarak's regime and its legacy of brutal crackdowns on dissent.

The end of emergency rule also points to the changing role of Egypt's military, which has been practically in complete control of the country since the revolution last year.  A council of military leaders, longtime loyalists of Mubarak, has resisted giving up its powers.

But with Egypt set to pick its first freely elected president, civilian democracy is taking over from military autocracy.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


State of Emergency Issued at Japanese Nuclear Power Plant (file photo)(TOKYO) -- Earthquake damage at a Japanese nuclear power plant northeast of Tokyo has stoked fears of radioactive fallout unless the reactor's core can be cooled.

A state of emergency was declared Friday at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant when its cooling system failed to function properly after the nuclear reactor lost power and automatically shut down.

A meltdown could lead to a breach of the reactor's steel containment vessel and allow radiation to escape into an outer, concrete containment building, if not the environment.

Japanese officials said radiation has not leaked from the plant, but ordered 2,800 people living around the facility to evacuate their homes as a precaution.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. military transported coolant to the Fukushima nuclear plant and will continue to assist as needed.

Nearby, the turbine building at the Onagawa nuclear power plant burst into flames shortly after the earthquake and has since been extinguished. Another plant at the facility was also reported to be experiencing a water leak, according to Japanese officials.

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