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Citizen science takes on Japan's nuclear establishment

As other Tokyo office workers poured into restaurants and bars at quitting time one recent evening, Kohei Matsushita went to the eighth floor of a high-rise for an unusual after-hours activity: learning how to assemble his own Geiger counter from a kit. Hunched over a circuit board, the 37-year-old...

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  • Suicide car bomb kills 11 at outdoor market in Baghdad

    A suicide car bomb ripped through an outdoor market in a Shiite-dominated northeastern district of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 11 people, officials said, as government forces deployed across much of the Iraqi capital in preparation for a major military parade later this week. The developments...

  • As Baghdad protests mount, attack on Shiite shrine kills 26

    As Baghdad protests mount, attack on Shiite shrine kills 26

    Protests and anger over the security situation in Iraq mounted Thursday at the site of a massive truck bombing by the Islamic State group this week in Baghdad as the death toll continued to rise and an attack north of the capital killed dozens more. The Baghdad attack Sunday — the deadliest one...

  • Syrian opposition is using same methods of torture as Syrian government, report finds

    Syrian opposition is using same methods of torture as Syrian government, report finds

    Those who rose up against the Syrian government in 2011 celebrated when armed groups pushed its forces out of parts of the country’s north.  But the relief was short-lived. Since 2012, jihadists and rebels have carried out a “chilling wave of abductions, torture and summary killings” that often...

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  • Germany on edge after recent violence from asylum seekers

    Germany on edge after recent violence from asylum seekers

    A profound sense of fear has gripped Germany after four deadly attacks over the last week, three of them involving refugees. Now Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to voluntarily take in more than 1 million refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan last year is coming under renewed scrutiny.  ...

  • China box office: Jackie Chan's ‘Skiptrace’ leaps to top spot

    China box office: Jackie Chan's ‘Skiptrace’ leaps to top spot

    The Jackie Chan-Johnny Knoxville action-comedy “Skiptrace” leaped to the top of the Chinese box office last week, taking in $62.8 million in its first four days in theaters. The debut surpassed that of Chan’s last blockbuster, the 2015 period action film “Dragon Blade,” co-starring John Cusak and...

  • Tiger mauls grandmother to death at Beijing safari park

    Tiger mauls grandmother to death at Beijing safari park

    Beijing Badaling Wildlife World promises visitors a safari experience just 30 miles from the center of the Chinese capital — customers can drive their own cars through a park where lions, tigers and other wild game roam free. But on Saturday afternoon, one family’s outing went horribly wrong, ending...

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