Main news of March 27

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

WORLD

* Levels of radioactive iodine in water at Fukushima's reactor No. 2 are 100,000 times above the normal levels, Kyodo Japanese news agency said

* NATO is taking over command of military operations in Libya from coalition forces, world media reported

* The Japanese government ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), which operates the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant, to find the cause of soaring radioactivity

* The death count in Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami has climbed to 10,668 people, the Japanese newspaper Sankei reported on its website, citing police data

* Coalition warplanes attacked Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's stronghold of Sabha in southwest Libya, the country's state television reported

RUSSIA

* The space agencies of Russia and Israel signed an agreement on cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space

* Russians set their clocks forward one hour for the last time and would not switch to winter time anymore following a relevant presidential decree signed last month

SPORTS

* Russian Formula One racer Vitaly Petrov was on the podium for the first time in his racing career, after finishing third at the Formula One Australian Grand Prix

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