WASHINGTON — Experts warn that Northeast Asia could see a dangerous growth in stocks of weapons-usable plutonium — and U. S. lawmakers say Obama administration policies could be making matters worse.
Japan plans to open as early as next spring a plant that could reprocess enough spent reactor fuel to make as many as 1,000 nuclear bombs a year.
The plutonium that is produced is supposed to be for generating electricity, but Japan already has tons on hand and no use for it, with its reactors at a virtual halt after the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster.
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Ohio lawmakers are undermining attempts to reduce the state's prison population by continuing to introduce tough-on-crime bills that have the opposite effect, policy groups on the left and the right said Wednesday.
Lawmakers introduced 54 bills in the first six months of the current session that would send more people to jail or prison, or just over one of every 10 bills at the Statehouse, according to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio.
The ACLU, the state Public Defender's Office and the conservative Buckeye Institute say lawmakers are pushing the bills even as a committee studies changes to Ohio's criminal code that could reduce the number of people who are incarcerated.
Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for the U. N. Secretary-General, said in a statement from the U. N. Wednesday that a Central African Republic mission convoy travelling from Damara to Ngerengou came under fire on Tuesday by an unknown group about 55 kilometers (34 miles) north of Bangui.
Sectarian clashes between rival Christian and Muslim militias have flared in recent weeks, killing at least 42 people.