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Some Carried 'Own Eyeballs in Their Hands' in Hiroshima
The world, media reflect on the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the bomb
- Its code name was "Little Boy," but its impact was anything but small. Thursday marks the 75th anniversary of the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945. By the end of that year, 140,000 deaths—mostly of civilians—were tied to the...
Court Rules 84 People Are Atomic Bomb Victims
They were exposed to radioactive 'black rain' after the attack on Hiroshima
- A Japanese court on Wednesday for the first time recognized people exposed to radioactive “black rain" that fell after the 1945 US atomic attack on Hiroshima as atomic bomb survivors, ordering the city and the prefecture to provide the same government medical benefits as given to other survivors. The...
Pope to Change Church Teaching: Nukes Are 'Immoral'
Francis warns that an 'accident of possession' or 'insanity of a leader can destroy humanity'
- Pope Francis is planning to change official Catholic Church teaching to declare the use and possession of atomic weapons as "immoral," a move that makes clear that his rejection of the Cold War-era doctrine of deterrence is to be official church policy. Francis had declared the possession of...
K-Pop Band Member Accused of Wearing Controversial T-Shirt
BTS' Jimin allegedly wore shirt celebrating mushroom cloud over Japanese city in WWII
- A popular South Korean boy band was set to appear on one of Japan's biggest TV stations this week, but that appearance has been canceled due to a clothing choice one of its members may have made. Per the
and CNN , K-pop group BTS was scheduled to be...
Fugitive Eluded Thousands of Cops for Weeks—Until Now
Tatsuma Hirao escaped from minimum-security prison on Japanese island, swam to mainland
- Over the past few weeks, Japanese cops kept finding socks and cellphones they thought may have been stolen by the No. 1 fugitive on their list—but they couldn't find the fugitive himself. That changed Monday with the recapture of Tatsuma Hirao, who'd escaped an "open" prison...
How a Truck Driver Figured Out Complete Atomic Bomb Specs
NPR looks at John Coster-Mullen
- That a man who worked as a trucker made a 1,300-mile drive is perhaps unremarkable. But John Coster-Mullen's destination, and motivation for heading there, were unusual. As NPR reports, Coster-Mullen in 1993 decided he could capitalize on the looming 50th anniversary of the atomic bombs that fell on...
On Hiroshima's Anniversary, Specter of N. Korea
72 years since US dropped first atomic bomb
- Hiroshima's appeal of "never again" on the anniversary Sunday of the world's first atomic bomb attack has gained urgency as North Korea moves ever closer to nuclear weapons, reports the AP . "Nuclear weapons just are unacceptable for mankind," says Toshiki Fujimori, who was just a...
Obama Makes History at Hiroshima
'We come to ponder the terrible force unleashed in a not-so-distant past'
- President Obama made history Friday by becoming the first sitting US president to visit the site of history's first atomic strike. "We come to ponder the terrible force unleashed in a not-so-distant past," he said. "We come to mourn the dead." Accompanied by Japanese Prime...
Obama to Be First Sitting US President to Visit Hiroshima
He'll visit during Asia trip later this month
- It's been more than 70 years since the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, and no serving US president has been to visit the Japanese city since that event, which killed 140,000 people—but President Obama plans to change that during his trip to Asia this month, the...
Kerry Visits 'Gut-Wrenching' Hiroshima Memorial
He lays wreath at A-bomb site
- A gut-wrenched John Kerry said the horrible history of what took place in Hiroshima should teach humanity to avoid conflict and strive to eradicate nuclear weapons as he became the first US secretary of state to tread upon the ground of the world's first atomic bombing. Kerry's emotional...
John Kerry Won't Say Sorry for Hiroshima
Secretary of State visits Japan for G7 meeting
- One thing John Kerry won't do while visiting Hiroshima: say he's sorry. On Monday, the Secretary of State plans to visit a memorial and museum commemorating victims of the atomic bombing that left more than 100,000 dead in 1945—but a senior US official says there will...
70 Years Ago Today, 70K People Died in Nagasaki
Somber Mass marks devastating bomb that helped end WWII
- Just after dawn today, the faithful filed into Urakami Cathedral in the Japanese city of Nagasaki for a Mass tinged with sadness. Seventy years ago, a US-dropped atomic bomb detonated about 550 yards from the church, killing two priests who were hearing confessions and about 30 other people inside—three...
This Amazing Bonsai Tree Is a Hiroshima Survivor
It's now in the US, and nobody knew about it until 2001
- One of the Hiroshima anniversary stories making headlines today tells the tale of a Japanese family's bonsai tree that survived the blast despite being just two miles from where the bomb hit. The best guess is that tree, now 390 years old, lived because it was up against a...
70 Years Ago Today, Hiroshima Happened
Mayor renews call to rid the world of nuclear weapons
- Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima today, with Mayor Kazumi Matsui renewing calls for President Obama and other world leaders to step up efforts toward ridding the world of nuclear weapons. Tens of thousands of people stood for a minute of silence at 8:15am...
Dog Saved From Euthanasia Helps Landslide Rescuers
Yumenosuke made his first official recovery after Hiroshima natural disaster
- In November 2011, a worker from the nonprofit Peace Winds Japan scouting for search and rescue dogs at a Hiroshima animal welfare center came across 4-month-old Yumenosuke. The mixed-breed pup was set to be put down that day, but a backlog meant his number was never called. PWJ took him...
Dozens Killed as Hiroshima Gets Month of Rain in 24 Hours
Landslides kill at least 36
- Landslides on the outskirts of Hiroshima killed at least 36 people early today and authorities in the Japanese city warn that the death toll is likely to rise and at least seven people are still missing. Authorities say the landslides were triggered when as much rain as usually falls in...
Last Surviving Member of Enola Gay Crew Is Dead
Navigator 'Dutch' Van Kirk helped drop atomic bomb on Hiroshima
- The crew of the Enola Gay bomber that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima is now only in the history books. The last surviving member, navigator Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, has died in an Atlanta retirement home at age 93, reports WXIA . Van Kirk was 24 when he helped...
Nuke Honcho Who Signed Hiroshima Bomb, Filmed Blast, Dies
Los Alamos director Harold Agnew helped build 75% of US' nuclear stockpile
- Harold Agnew, a physicist who helped build the first atomic bomb and served as a director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, died yesterday at his home in Solana Beach, Calif. He was 92. Agnew, who was suffering from chronic lymphocytic leukemia, died while watching football on TV, the AP...
Truman's Grandson Meets Hiroshima Survivors
He travels to Japan for anniversary of atomic bombings
- Japanese survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki met face-to-face today with the grandson of the man who authorized the attacks. Clifton Truman Daniel, a Chicago resident and descendant of Harry Truman, traveled to Tokyo for a ceremony marking the 67th anniversary of the bombings, reports AFP . "...
US Military Class Suggested 'Hiroshima' Answer to Islam
Officers told total war on religion may be necessary
- A course for American military officers took a position on Islam so extreme that it sounds like the invention of al-Qaeda propagandists. Future military leaders were taught that to protect America, "total war" on all the world's Muslims may be necessary, and holy cities like Mecca may have...
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