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Japan's homeless are being recruited to clean up the radioactive debris at Fukushima

Cleaning up radioactive waste in Fukushima may be one of the worst jobs in Japan. Clean-up of the site has fallen behind schedule and finding workers has been a challenge. Now it turns out, the homeless are among those being recruited for the job.<p>Antoni Slodkowski, one of the reporters who …

California tests natural disaster early warning system

<b>An early warning system for earthquakes, tsunamis and floods is being trialled in the US.</b><p>Scientists are using GPS technology and other sensors to detect the impending threat of natural disasters.<p>The network is installed in Southern California and has already helped scientists to alert emergency …

Egypt protests: Two die in violence in Alexandria

<b>Two people have been killed in clashes involving pro-Islamist protesters and police in the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria, the authorities say.</b><p>The violence occurred during marches by the banned Muslim Brotherhood, the Interior Ministry said.<p>Egypt has seen a series of violent protests since …

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Cambodian troops in riot gear break up strike

Cambodian troops armed with batons and rifles have broken up a protest by textile workers demanding a doubling of wages as part of a nationwide strike by unions allied with the main opposition party.<p>Witnesses said around 100 soldiers wearing riot gear and carrying assault rifles on Thursday used …

Foreign fighters answer calls to join Syrian conflict

It was the summer of 2012 and the young Jordanian was working long hours as a teacher at a vocational high school. He had just bought an apartment and a car. He was interested in getting married.<p>But just a few months later, he was making a long and dangerous five-day trek with other foreign …

Former minister Zahi Hawass compares Egypt's Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to pharaoh

When Mohamed Morsi became the second Egyptian president to be ousted in three years in July, many felt history was repeating itself. For Zahi Hawass, a flamboyant antiquities minister under Hosni Mubarak, that feeling was particularly acute – though he was thinking of a much older precedent.<p>For …

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Magical Tokyo Cityscapes Seen Through Colorful Bokeh

In this ongoing series, photographer Takashi Kitajima blurs the details of Tokyo's buildings and bridges into beautifully abstract landscapes. He creates each gorgeous composition by standing on observation decks of high-rise buildings or overpasses throughout the city.<p>By gaining a bird's eye view …