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Opinion: President Obama in the age of loose nukes

BOSTON — In that dawn of the nuclear age, man stood in awe of his most dread-filled creation. When the first atomic bomb was tested in the deserts of New Mexico 55 years ago, with a flash of light brighter than a thousand suns, there came to the mind of a watching scientist a line from the Hindu epic, the Bhagavad Gita: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

Thailand's deadly weapon of terror

BANGKOK, Thailand — Few weapons marry convenience and raw power like the M-79 grenade launcher. Known to Vietnam War-era G.I.’s as the “Blooper,” it can lay waste to cement walls or crowds only to discretely vanish into an attacker’s backpack. Throughout the past two years in Bangkok, this 28-inch menace has done just that. Just as Anthrax letters evoke post-9/11 paranoia in America, the Blooper has come symbolize politically motivated terror in the Thai capital.

Maya and New Agers praise the new dawn at Mexico’s Chichen Itza (PHOTOS)

CHICHEN ITZA, Mexico — Was it just another solstice marking the beginning of winter? Or the dawn of a new era, as predicted by Maya priests?

End of the World: New Yorkers look for 'doomsday' sex

In NYC, some apocalypse watchers are searching for sex on social media and at parties.
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The end of the world may be near, but it hasn't hit Down Under just yet. (GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
In NYC, some apocalypse watchers are searching for sex on social media and at parties.
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End of the world update: Australia, New Zealand still standing

Australia and New Zealand have made it through the apocalypse, it seems.
End of the world update: Australia and New Zealand have made it through the apocalypse, it seems.
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Modern-day Mayans: What end of the world? (PHOTOS)

YUCATAN — As tourists swarm historical wonders of the Maya world for "end of the world," present-day Mayans go about their business unfazed.

China arrests nearly 1,000 doomsday cult members in total

Police have carried out more arrests of members of a doomsday cult that believe the world will end on Dec. 21.

Doomsday 2012: China prepares with apocalypse pods

Police have arrested almost 1,000 doomsday cult members have been arrested in China for spreading rumors about the end of the world.

Colombia’s ‘end of the world’ bunker

BOGOTA — “If the predictions are true, we are facing a galactic cataclysm."
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