**Higher Cancer Risk for Worst Exposed to Japan Nuclear Crisis: WHO**
The World Health Organization says those exposed to the worst levels of radiation during the Japanese nuclear disaster have a higher risk for developing certain types of cancer.
In a report Thursday, the U.N. agency said the most affected were those near the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Around 110,000 people in the area were evacuated in March 2011 after a massive earthquake and tsunami caused a meltdown in the plant's nuclear reactors and sent radiation spewing into the surrounding area.
The WHO report says there is little to no risk of increased cancer rates among those outside the Fukushima area.
But the agency estimates there is up to a 70 percent increased risk of thyroid cancer among females exposed as infants in the most contaminated area. The risk of leukemia increased by 7 percent for males exposed as infants.
**US Considering Expanding Aid to Syrian Rebels**
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Syrian opposition leaders Thursday in Rome, where he could announce new aid for Syrian rebels.
The talks come amid a wider Friends of Syria meeting, bringing together mostly European and Middle Eastern nations that back those opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Kerry said Wednesday the U.S. is seeking ways to speed up the political transition the Syrian people are seeking.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday the United States is focused on helping the Syrian opposition become stronger, more cohesive, and better organized. He said U.S. officials will study every feasible option to help bring about a post-Assad Syria.
Until now, the United States has provided the Syrian rebels with non-lethal aid, such as communications equipment. The Washington Post and the New York Times report expanded aid could include military training and equipment, such as vehicles and night vision, but not weapons.