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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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  • Court convicts youthful leader of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests

    Court convicts youthful leader of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests

    Joshua Wong, the teenage leader who is the face of the youthful pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, was convicted Thursday of participating in an unlawful assembly that snowballed into a massive sit-in known as the Umbrella Movement. Two fellow youth movement leaders, Alex Chow, 25, and Nathan...

  • The state-run China Film Group plans $600-million IPO after years of delays

    The state-run China Film Group plans $600-million IPO after years of delays

    After years of delays and false starts, China Film Group — the giant, state-run company that handles the import of foreign movies to the mainland — said Wednesday it aims to raise more than $600 million in an initial public offering next week. That would make the IPO the biggest ever for China’s...

  • Vigilante groups beat and kill to protect cows in India

    Vigilante groups beat and kill to protect cows in India

    Ravi Shitole needed a transport vehicle. He had just made a purchase and wanted to haul the cargo back to his village, around 200 miles away. But transporters refused to rent him a vehicle, for Shitole was taking the perilous risk of traveling with cows.   “I bought them so my family could have...

  • North Korea launches three more missiles, Seoul says

    North Korea launches three more missiles, Seoul says

    North Korea launched three ballistic missiles off its east coast early Tuesday in what could be a show of force intended to register displeasure with plans to deploy a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea. The three missiles flew between 310 and 372 miles, demonstrating a range capable of...

  • In U.S.-China game of chicken over South China Sea, KFC feels the heat

    In U.S.-China game of chicken over South China Sea, KFC feels the heat

    Does diving into a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken make you a Chinese traitor? That’s the in-your-face message some KFC customers in China received over the weekend in wake of a ruling by an international tribunal in the Netherlands in a case that pitted the Philippines against China.  Colonel...

  • How Turkey's botched coup tried and failed to capture the president

    How Turkey's botched coup tried and failed to capture the president

    Rebel commandos barged into an Aegean resort hotel with a key mission: capture Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He had been vacationing there. At first, the soldiers couldn’t find his villa. When they finally did, the president was long gone. The soldiers were at least an hour late. They...

  • In Ankara, a night of fear as battling Turkish jets screamed through the skies

    In Ankara, a night of fear as battling Turkish jets screamed through the skies

    It is dawn and the streets of Ankara’s Kizilay district are empty, strewn with rubbish and glass. A man casts a solitary figure, sweeping shards into piles after a night of bracing violence. Little else moves. On Ankara’s main boulevard, mangled cars sit at intervals. Some trees have been uprooted...

  • A cloudburst triggers flash flooding in Pakistan, leaving 29 dead and dozens missing

    A cloudburst triggers flash flooding in Pakistan, leaving 29 dead and dozens missing

    A flash flood struck a hamlet in a rugged area of northern Pakistan, killing at least 29 people, leaving 43 others missing and feared dead, officials said Sunday. Among the missing were eight soldiers billeted along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and at least 10 people who were praying in a mosque...

  • 'We came here to kill the non-Muslims,' gunmen told Bangladesh hostages

    'We came here to kill the non-Muslims,' gunmen told Bangladesh hostages

    The well-dressed young men entered the trendy restaurant armed with guns, crude bombs and blades. When the 10-hour siege was over, 28 people were dead — including at least one American — and Bangladesh’s attempts to underplay the threat posed by Islamist radicals lay in tatters. The hostage crisis...

  • Taiwan’s deadly misfiring of supersonic missile jolts military rival China

    Taiwan’s deadly misfiring of supersonic missile jolts military rival China

    Taiwan’s navy misfired a supersonic anti-ship missile Friday, killing the captain of a fishing boat, in the second anger-provoking incident in a week for Taiwan’s defenses and further irritating military rival China. Personnel aboard a navy corvette fired a Hsiung Feng III missile around 8.15 a.m....

  • Twin suicide bombings kill 30 in Kabul

    Twin suicide bombings kill 30 in Kabul

    Two Taliban suicide bombers attacked several buses filled with police cadets Thursday, killing 30 and injuring at least 58, a government spokesman said.  The first bomber walked up to the convoy of buses arriving in Kabul from Wardak province, which is home to one of the largest police academies...

  • Hanging of dog on Taiwan military base stirs outrage, reform pledges

    Hanging of dog on Taiwan military base stirs outrage, reform pledges

    The videotaped hanging of a dog on a Taiwanese military base has incited widespread outrage around the island and prompted vows to prosecute the killers. Three people from a the marine base in Taiwan’s major southern city of Kaohsiung hung a mid-sized white dog on a chain Friday, taunted it before...

  • Japanese porn industry says it's 'very sorry' that actress was coerced to have sex on camera

    A crackdown on Japan’s pornography industry may be changing practices that prompted complaints of human rights violations. Earlier this month, Tokyo Metro Police arrested executives of a well-known talent agency on suspicion of coercing an actress to engage in sex on camera. A human rights group...

  • Pakistani clerics issue decree on transgender rights under Islamic law

    Pakistani clerics issue decree on transgender rights under Islamic law

    Fifty clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwa, or religious decree, saying that transgender people can marry under Islamic law — but only if they do not have “visible signs of both genders.” The clerics, affiliated with the Tanzeem Ittehad-i-Ummat religious law organization based in Lahore, said that...

  • How the attack on Turkey's Ataturk Airport unfolded

    How the attack on Turkey's Ataturk Airport unfolded

    Emre Karacali was finishing up his evening meal on the ground floor of Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on Tuesday night, the first food he’d had after a 17-hour Ramadan fast. He runs a shop selling mobile-phone accessories in the airport, housed just outside the baggage claim, where tens of millions...

  • Beijing is sinking at an alarming rate, research shows

    Beijing is sinking at an alarming rate, research shows

    The land under Beijing is sinking by as much as four inches per year because of the overconsumption of groundwater, according to research published in the journal Remote Sensing this month.  The rate of sinking threatens “the safety of the public and urban infrastructure,” the study says.  This...

  • Blustery, crime-busting Philippine president-elect faces political sobriety test

    Blustery, crime-busting Philippine president-elect faces political sobriety test

    He fears that the presidential palace is haunted. He is considering whether to rule the Philippines from his hometown of Davao, an hour’s flight from the capital, Manila. He says he would jet-ski to a South China Sea shoal that his government disputes with more militarily powerful Beijing. The...

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