A world awash in a nuclear explosive?

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

Japan is leading a global move towards dangerous reactors fueled by a nuclear explosive, Thomas Cochran and other experts say.

Excerpts from this story referencing "ABC News":

"… it to prove it was radioactive. Six years later, after the 9/11 attacks, ABC News correspondent Brian Ross asked Cochran to borrow his Coke can, and wound u …"

"… ment of Homeland Security in 2003, the department dispatched agents to the ABC News offices in Los Angeles, the home of a cameraman, and Cochran’s home in A …"

ICIJ offshore records reveal tax haven clients in China, Hong Kong

Files shed light on more than 20,000 tax haven clients from Hong Kong and mainland China.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… ICIJ has sifted through with help from more than 50 reporting partners in Europe, North America, Asia and other regions. Since last April, ICIJ’s storie …"

A fast, agile Navy ship is prone to embarrassing glitches

By Douglas Birch

Some Senate lawmakers are pushing back against the Navy's effort to accelerate production of the troubled Littoral Combat Ships.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… it of Hormuz, the Gulf chokepoint for oil exports, he said, “but for the Asia pivot, it’s not what you want.” Rear Admiral Richard Hunt, director o …"

John Bolton forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Former U.N. ambassador forms pair of political committees

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… er. Highlighting national security issues and U.S. policy in Asia and the Middle East will rank among the PACs' priorities, Groombridge said. He added that the …"

Global power will shift by 2030

By R. Jeffrey Smith

A new US intelligence report forecasts an end to US predominance

Excerpts from this story referencing "India":

"… nd coalitions” in which Asian nations and rising economic powers such as India, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Nigeria, South Africa and Turkey will take p …"

"… ubt that Pakistan can “turn the corner” by opening new trade ties with India and establishing a better government; instead it may become more Islamiciz …"

"… r government; instead it may become more Islamicized or unravel altogether.India is in better shape – its economic advantage over Pakistan will grow from …"

Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

FACT CHECK: Stumbles in latest presidential debate

By The Associated Press

FACT CHECK: Facts take some hits in rough and tumble debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Afghanistan":

"… onsulate in Libya a terrorist act. Obama yet again claimed that ending the Afghanistan and Iraq wars makes money available to "rebuild America," even though it d …"

"… on is that much of the money that has been paying for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was borrowed. In fact, the government borrows nearly 40 cents for every do …"

FACT CHECK: Is Romney to blame for cancer death?

By FactCheck.Org

Factcheck.org takes on a controversial new ad from the a pro-Obama super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… argue that Romney bears some responsibility for the plant’s closing — Bain Capital bought it and loaded it with debt while he was in charge of Bain. But the …"

"… for the downfall of the company was a tough call.With Romney at the helm, Bain Capital invested in the small Kansas City steel mill called GST Steel Co. in 1993. …"

"…  in 2002. “But I didn’t manage these companies. Our philosophy at Bain Capital was to support management teams in companies where we saw potential for gr …"

"… ten repeatedly in the past, Romney left day-to-day operations at Bain Capital in early 1999 to head up the Salt Lake City Organizing Committee, and we h …"

IMPACT: Key vote clears way to stop fish plundering in the South Pacific

By Mort Rosenblum and Mar Cabra

Long overdue Chilean vote unblocks efforts to impose binding regulations on fishing quotas across the southern Pacific

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… only voluntary, allowing a free-for-all among large industrial fleets from Asia, Europe and Latin America.An investigation by the International Consortium …"

What would your Pentagon budget look like?

How would you cut military defense spending?

FACT CHECK: Green stimulus sending jobs overseas?

By FactCheck.Org

Conservative advocacy ad avoids the facts about Obama administration investments into sustainable energy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia.– Robert Farley …"

"… n ad from the American Future Fund. Both the American Future Fund and Americans for Prosperity ads cite a Sept. 9, 2010, story in the Washington Times,&nb …"

"… so it’s a stretch to claim the entire $34 billion has been “wasted.”Americans for Prosperity announced it is spending $6.1 million to air the ad in eight bat …"

Donor profile: Sheldon Adelson

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Adelson":

"… Our Future (pro-Mitt Romney), half of which is from his wife, Miriam Adelson $23 million to American Crossroads (pro-Republican), half of which is fro …"

"… l and tourism restrictions, taxes, banking, aviation. Family: Wife Miriam Adelson, stepdaughters Yasmin Lukatz and Sivan Ochshorn, daughter Shelley Faye Ade …"

"… son, stepdaughters Yasmin Lukatz and Sivan Ochshorn, daughter Shelley Faye Adelson, four other children (one deceased). Biography: After bankrolling the ma …"

"… ting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's failed presidential bid, Sheldon Adelson pivoted to support GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his primary su …"

Illegal ocean dumping persists despite DOJ crackdown

By Ronnie Greene

Federal prosecutors target dumping on the high seas, which taints global waterways with oil and other contaminants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Water":

"… counts of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, and obstruction of justice. The owner of the companies was …"

Casino billionaire expected to move millions to GOP groups

By Peter H. Stone

Casino mogul hosts private dinner for GOP bigwigs in Las Vegas digs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Adelson":

"… ections.Michael Beckel contributed to this report. …"

"… runner Mitt Romney, according to fundraisers with ties to the casino owner.Adelson along with wife Miriam and other family members has garnered notice by don …"

"… 6.5 million to a super PAC backing Gingrich for president.A private dinner Adelson hosted on March 22 at his home in Las Vegas drew Republican bigwigs from W …"

"… of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), a nonprofit advocacy group that Adelson has backed heavily.At the dinner, the Adelson family privately sent strong …"

Will the $55 billion bomber program fly?

By David Axe

The pricetag is at least $55 billion, the design is unsettled and the mission is controversial.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Christie":

"… ancelled an earlier attempt to build a new bomber. One of the skeptics is Tom Christie, the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester from 2001 until his retirement in 2 …"

Peru’s vanishing fish

By Milagros Salazar

Rampant cheating and lax controls allowed companies to overfish their quotas and avoid taxes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… d fish and pigs. Peru exported more than a million tons in 2010, mostly to Asia, worth $1.6 billion.Each year up to 6 million metric tons of anchoveta rea …"

"… stock of about 30 million metric tons to less than 3 million metric tons. Asian and European fleets that have depleted other oceans now head south to wat …"

Sin control, gigantes pesqueros diezman el Pacífico Sur

By Mort Rosenblum and Mar Cabra

La depredación del Pacífico Sur

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… rastre chinos llegaron en masa, así como lo hicieron otros procedentes de Asia, Europa y Latinoamérica.Uno de los primeros en llegar fue el que por aque …"

"… ha visto potenciada por los subsidios estatales, especialmente en Europa y Asia.Un prestigioso informe realizado por Rashid Sumaila, en colaboración con …"

'Free-for-all' decimates fish stocks in the southern Pacific

By Mort Rosenblum and Mar Cabra

Fishing fleets have devastated stocks in the southern Pacific, once among the world’s richest waters

Excerpts from this story referencing "Africa":

"… k mackerel, rich in oily protein, is manna to a hungry planet, a staple in Africa. Elsewhere, people eat it unaware; much of it is reduced to feed for aquac …"

"… dards his fish cannot be sold in Europe. Instead he sells jack mackerel to Africa. Asked if European authorities objected to his Vanuatu flags, he said, “ …"

FACT CHECK: Facts Strained in ‘King of Bain’

By FactCheck.Org

Pro-Gingrich super PAC offers one-sided, distorted view of Romney’s years at Bain Capital in a 28-minute 'doc'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Canada":

"… ere 2,000 printed circuit board manufacturers, most of them in the U.S. or Canada. Now, he said, there are 350 at most. DDi is the second largest.If not for …"

Billionaire backer may open wallet for Gingrich but bring unwanted baggage

By Peter H. Stone

Casino owner, Gingrich bond over Israel security issues

Excerpts from this story referencing "Adelson":

"… he group and Gingrich in recent years was absent: multibillionaire Sheldon Adelson, who was in Asia tending to his sprawling and controversial casino empire. …"

"… ia tending to his sprawling and controversial casino empire.The absence of Adelson, whose net worth is greater than $20 billion, was notable considering his …"

"… to the conservative pro-Israel advocacy group and Gingrich. What’s more, Adelson had recently given signals to some old friends with the coalition and othe …"

"… art to a barrage of negative advertising by his opponents and their allies.Adelson could be a huge help, but a federal criminal probe of his Las Vegas Sands …"

Joe Allbaugh, who helped put George W. Bush in White House, now running Perry campaign

By Peter H. Stone

Flagging Perry campaign turns to man who helped George W. Bush win White House

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… s. Those funds are now being tapped for an aggressive ad drive in Iowa and South Carolina, two states that are critical to Perry’s prospects for winning the GOP n …"

Center hires R. Jeffrey Smith as national security editor

By Steve Carpinelli

Veteran Washington Post investigative reporter R. Jeffrey Smith has been named managing editor at the Center

Excerpts from this story referencing "Abu Ghraib":

"… st with others for the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting in 2005 (about Abu Ghraib and military prisoner abuse)."Jeff Smith is one of the nation’s leading …"

Imported fish with banned chemicals reaching U.S. consumers

By Laurie Udesky

Mislabeled seafood leads to criminal charges and calls for more tests

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… aching U.S. shores and seeping into the marketplace fleshes out a critical Government Accountability Office audit released in April. The year-long investigation found that the Food a …"

Canada resists adding deadly asbestos to toxics blacklist

By Jim Morris

Major producer resists adding substance to toxics blacklist

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asbestos":

"… ach year of Asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.Asbestos is banned or restricted in 52 countries.Canada’s refusal to endorse the …"

Russia's cigarette king practices strategic giving

By Roman Anin

Dominant vendor sets standard for connections

Excerpts from this story referencing "Africa":

"… member at OJSC V.A. Degtyarev Works — which sells military equipment in Africa, Asia and the Middle East through the Russian government’s military good …"

Death is one Pakistani reporter's constant companion

By Malik Siraj Akbar

COMMENTARY: Pakistani journalist Malik Siraj Akbar is seeing his colleagues die

Excerpts from this story referencing "Baloch people":

"… entral government is engaged in a “slow-motion genocide” of the native Baloch people. In the midst of a conflict between the government and native people on th …"

After skipping Ground Zero event with Obama, Bush made three paid speeches

By Peter H. Stone

Bush skipped Ground Zero event but gave three paid speeches in the next week

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… m New York to Texas. Overseas, Bush has delivered at least two speeches in Asia—one to the Boao Forum for Asia in China’s Hainan province, and another …"

"… sh has delivered at least two speeches in Asia—one to the Boao Forum for Asia in China’s Hainan province, and another to the Federation of Korean Indu …"

Activist asbestos inspector faces threats, industry backlash

By Jim Morris and Marcelo Soares

Official endures threats, ostracism – and now a lawsuit for activism

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asbestos":

"… stos ao Amianto (ABREA) — the Brazilian Association of People Exposed to Asbestos. SAMA is demanding that the government pay 5,000 reais ($3,000) every time …"

"… ing the toxic, fire-resistant mineral, long tied to cancer and Asbestosis. Asbestos products arebanned in São Paulo state, where Giannasi is based, and …"

"… c] to ban Asbestos” and asserts, “No one will ever win against ‘King Asbestos!’ Impossible! It is forever!” The one-page, typewritten letter, which …"

"… reliable Asbestos building products. “The sooner You go to Hell (without Asbestos Clothes), the better it will be,” the letter reads. “By the last Breat …"

George H.W. Bush — Revisited

By John Solomon

He’s 86 now, his eyebrows silver and his legs weakened by Parkinson’s-like symptoms. But as George Herbert Walker Bush approaches his twilig

Excerpts from this story referencing "Russia":

"… in the critical years after the Berlin Wall fell, supporting democracy in Russia, the reunification of Germany, and the reaffirmation of the NATO alliance; …"

Analysis — An illuminating expedition to the world of the uninsured

By Wendell Potter

Lawmakers questioning the need for health care reform should check out this weekend's effort to provide free medical care at a Nashville hig

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… ying doctors and medical supplies to villages in South America, Africa and Asia. It never occurred to Brock when he started RAM in 1985 that most of his …"

Romanian weapons modified in the U.S. become scourge of Mexican drug war

By Rick Schmitt and Rick Young

Center story focused on Romanian weapon now targeted by Feinstein legislation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Walmart":

"… Fouts, 19 at the time, told investigators he was approached by Cesar in a Walmart. Cesar promised all he would have to do was sign for some guns at the X Ca …"