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1-megaton H-bomb would kill 370,000 instantly: Japanese research

An estimated 370,000 people would die instantly if a one-megaton hydrogen bomb were dropped on a city with one million residents, according to a report compiled by a Japanese research group. The report was distributed Saturday at a meeting in Hiroshima of foreign ministers from 12 non-nuclear weapons states belonging to the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative. The NPDI consists of Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, the Philippines, Poland, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Palestinian envoy in Prague likely killed by booby-trapped book: paper

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Palestinian ambassador to Prague who died in a blast in January was most likely killed by a decades-old charge of Semtex plastic explosive concealed in a book, a newspaper reported on Tuesday citing a police investigator. Police had decided Jamal al-Jamal was not assassinated, but had simply unwittingly opening a book booby-trapped years earlier, the source told daily newspaper Mlada Fronta Dnes.

Australian charged over 'bigger than Boston' bomb plot

An Australian man charged over a bomb plot was seeking revenge against a doctor using devices larger than those used in the Boston Marathon blast, reports said Saturday. The 42-year-old was arrested at Sydney airport on Thursday and charged with manufacturing an explosive device with intent to injure in connection with the plot, uncovered in April, police said in a statement. "A man has been charged after an improvised explosive device was allegedly found at a home in Albion Park earlier in the year," police said.

Bomb kills 4 girls at Afghan wedding

A bomb attack killed four girls attending an Afghan wedding, officials said Thursday, blaming the attack on Taliban rebels intending to target government employees at the event. The children, aged between seven and 12, died when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated as they collected water from a river during celebrations in the southern province of Helmand. "The children were at the wedding party and this morning they went to collect water when the IED exploded on a footpath," provincial administration spokesman Omar Zwak told AFP.

At least 12 dead following blast at explosives factory in eastern China

BEIJING, China - A massive blast ripped through an explosives factory on Monday in eastern China, killing at least 12 people and leaving others buried in the debris, state media reported. Rescuers were taking care to avoid setting off additional explosions as they searched the site of the explosion in Shandong province's Caofan township, the China News Service said. The company website said the factory, run by the Baoli group, manufactures 10,000 tons of industrial explosives annually.

Police probe possible bomb at Canada military headquarters

Investigators have found components consistent with a bomb in a suspicious package that forced an evacuation of Canada's defense ministry headquarters, police said Wednesday. The package was found Tuesday on the Mackenzie King Bridge near the defense ministry, prompting authorities to close the bridge and adjacent downtown streets just before the start of the evening rush hour traffic. "The suspicious package was removed by a robot and detonated," Defense Minister Peter MacKay said in a statement.

Public was never in danger, police say after blowing up suspicious package

OTTAWA - The public was never in danger from a package found Tuesday at the entrance to the main Defence Department building in Ottawa, say authorities. Still, an investigation is underway after the package was found to contain items consistent with what is used to make an improvised explosive device, or IED. An investigation is underway and more details are expected to be released later, says Defence Minister Peter MacKay. "There will be an investigation into this incident," the minister said in a statement.

Biden, law enforcement to attend Boston memorial for slain officer

By Scott Malone and Samuel P. Jacobs BOSTON (Reuters) - Thousands of law enforcement agents from around the country plan to attend a memorial on Wednesday for a campus police officer who authorities say was slain by the accused Boston Marathon bombers, and Vice President Joe Biden is slated to speak at the ceremony. The service at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology honours 26-year-old Sean Collier, who police say was shot and killed by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the MIT campus on Thursday night.

US zeroes in on Boston 'pressure cooker' bombs

US investigators zeroed in Wednesday on the suspected pressure cooker bombs that exploded at the Boston marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 180, as they hunted for perpetrators. The FBI released photographs of mangled metal, the apparent remnant of a pressure cooker, and of a shredded black backpack, where it said one of the bombs was stashed before it exploded, spitting nails and metal pellets into the crowds, causing grisly injuries and deaths.

US zeroes in on Boston 'pressure cooker' bombs

US investigators Tuesday told how two suspected pressure cooker bombs sprayed nails and metal pellets into Boston marathon crowds, killing three people and injuring more than 180. But with no claim of responsibility made and police not committing to blaming foreign or domestic militants, Boston harbored widespread questions about the perpetrators as the city and the nation paid tribute to the dead. US President Barack Obama condemned Monday's attack at the marathon finish line as "an act of terror." He will attend a special service for the victims in Boston on Thursday.
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