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The US dropped 67 nuclear bombs on this tiny island nation — and now it's far more radioactive than we thought

Radiation levels in some areas of the country are almost double what is deemed safe for human habitation, according to a new Columbia University study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.<p>Between 1946 and 1958, the US tested 67 nuclear weapons on the Marshall Islands, a …

'Antivaxxer' tells of 'nightmare' after passing whooping cough onto baby daughter

A mother who refused to be vaccinated against whooping cough has changed her firm stance after she contracted and passed the serious disease onto her …

Nicole Lovell's death was plotted at a restaurant, official says

<b>Christiansburg, Virginia (CNN) —</b> Two college students sat at a fast-food chain restaurant, not to discuss homework, but allegedly to plot the killing of a 13-year-old girl.<p>Virginia Tech students David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers also allegedly planned how to dispose and conceal the body of …

Human Rights Watch accuses peacekeepers of further acts of sex abuse last year including the rape of a 14-year-old<p>United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic raped or sexually exploited at least eight women and girls last year, investigators from Human Rights Watch (HRW) have …

Africa

Israel jails youths for burning a Palestinian alive

An Israeli teenager has been sentenced to life in prison and another was given 21 years, for the murder of a young Palestinian in the run-up to the …

'West notoriously silent on Saudi rights abuses'

American Adam Coogle, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, voices some stark criticisms of Saudi-Arabia and its human rights record in an interview …

Taliban kill 10-year-old hailed as militia hero

A 10-year-old Afghan boy who was declared a hero after fighting the Taliban has been shot dead by insurgents while on his way to school.<p>Wasil Ahmad, who fought the Taliban alongside his uncle on many occasions, was killed on Monday near his home in Tirin Kot, capital of the southern Uruzgan …

Afghanistan

An Abbott election?

Depending on which news site you read, Malcolm Turnbull told his party room today either that MPs should be prepared for an election within six …

John Howard on 20 years of gun control

<i>Former prime minister John Howard cites the introduction of gun control legislation in the aftermath of the Port Arthur massacre as one of the</i> …

Warren Jeffs' son opens up about secretive polygamous sect

The comments by Roy Jeffs, now 23, provide a window into the secretive sect based on the Utah-Arizona border in which cellphones, toys, movies, bicycles and even swimming lessons were strictly forbidden. He said Warren Jeffs imposed his control over followers by reassigning children and wives to …

Government denies Manus rape 'cover-up'

Authorities on Manus Island are calling on the Australian government to return three Security officers who face allegations of raping a local …

Chattanooga shooter sent text message declaring war

Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez texted his close friend a link to a long Islamic verse<p>Hours before the Tennessee shooting that killed five US servicemen, the suspected gunman texted his close friend a link to a long Islamic verse that included the line: "Whosoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, then …

Frenchman loses Indonesia execution appeal

Serge Atlaoui, 51, was due to be executed alongside seven other foreign drug offenders two months ago but won a temporary reprieve<p>A French drug convict lost an appeal against his death sentence on Monday, but his lawyers vowed to fight on and prevent another foreigner from facing the firing squad …

Asia

Prominent Pakistani rights activist killed

<b>Karachi, PAKISTAN</b> - Sabeen Mahmud, a prominent Pakistani social and human rights activist, has been killed shortly after hosting an event on Balochistan's "disappeared people" in the southern city of Karachi, officials have told Al Jazeera.<p>Mahmud, 40, was the director of T2F (The Second Floor), a …

Country’s prime minister condemns killing of campaigner who helped organise forum about disappearances of nationalists in Balochistan region<p>A leading member of Pakistan’s small band of liberal social activists has been gunned down outside the pioneering Karachi arts venue she founded, in an …

Pakistan

Al-Shabab siege of Kenya university leaves 147 dead

At least 147 people have been killed after Kenyan troops cleared a university dormitory in the town of Garissa in northeast Kenya that had been seized by al-Shabab gunmen, the interior ministry says.<p>Members of the Somalia-based group attacked the campus after dawn on Thursday and were holed up in a …

Africa

British PhD student expelled from Russia accused of being a 'spy'

Nottingham University student was researching early 20th century history in Nizhny Novgorod<p>A British history student researching early 20th century archives in <b>Russia</b> has been accused of being a spy and ordered to leave the country.<p>Migration authorities said that Laura Sumner, a PhD student at …

Police in India investigate elderly nun's rape | International Women's Day News

Police in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal are investigating the gang-rape of a 71-year-old nun.<p>Five people have been detained for questioning but arrests are yet to be made.<p>Prayers were said for the nun at churches across the country on Sunday.<p>"In our Sunday Mass, we prayed for the sister …

Tony Abbott says questions over why Sydney siege gunman was out on bail

We’re going to bring the live blog to a close for now. Here’s a summary of the latest developments:<p><b>Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott has questioned how the gunman Man Haron Moris was out on bail after he and two of his hostages were killed in a shot out that end the siege.</b> Speaking at press …

Sydney siege: how to talk to your children about terrorism

I remember the advice from American experts in the wake of September 11, 2001, on how to talk to children about such events. It was pretty much the …

Sydney siege: London bombings survivor Gill Hicks urges Australians to remain united

London bombings survivor Gill Hicks has urged Australians to remain united in the wake of the Martin Place siege in Sydney.<p>The South Australian of …

Keane: the day the Australian media lost its credibility

There’s one phrase that guarantees anyone who uses it in relation to a tragic event is either a fool or the most vilely cynical manipulator: “the day …

Man Haron Monis a chameleon who donned wolf's clothing

• Sydney siege ends: live updates<br>• Sydney gunman identified as Man Haron Monis<br>• Video shows moment police raided Lindt cafe<br>• Martin Place siege: what we know …

As it happened: Tributes flow for Sydney siege victims killed in Martin Place Lindt cafe shootout

Hundreds of floral tributes have been left in Sydney's Martin Place for the victims of a 16-hour siege which ended when police stormed the Lindt …

How #illridewithyou began with Rachael Jacobs' experience on a Brisbane train

Confession time. In my Facebook status, I editorialised. She wasn't sitting next to me. She was a bit away, towards the other end of the carriage. …

Map: Location of Sydney siege

A siege in Sydney's CBD, in which hostages had been held since Monday morning, ended as heavily armed police stormed a cafe in central Sydney.<p>The NSW …

Sydney siege is over, say police, as hostages flee the scene – as it happened

This liveblog is winding up now – you can follow continuing live coverage on our new liveblog here.<p>Here is what we know so far, after the Sydney siege ended with a group of hostages escaping and police storming the Lindt cafe in Martin Place:<p>Police confirmed at 2.44am DST that the siege was over. …

Martin Place siege response tests our humanity

Nonetheless, a temptation lingers in the community to catastrophise about such criminal behaviour; to believe that because we have endured one siege …