The World Health Organization weighed in Monday on the risk of eating food contaminated by radiation emitted by the still-troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant.
Peter Cordingley, a Manila-based WHO spokesman, told Reuters that the radioactive-food situation is "a lot more serious than anybody thought in the early days, when we thought that this kind of problem can be limited to 20 to 30 kilometers."
As fighting intensifies between forces loyal to the two men who both claim to be Ivory Coast's rightful president, thousands of young supporters of the contested incumbent say they will join the army to "liberate" their country.
The would-be recruits are responding to a call that many fear increases the likelihood of renewed civil war, and a growing humanitarian crisis, following November's contested election.
Half a century after cities put up freeways, many of those roads are reaching the end of their useful lives. But instead of replacing them, a growing number of cities are thinking it makes more sense just to tear them down.
To Clevelanders like Judie Vegh, the whole idea of tearing down a freeway just sounds crazy. "I think it's a pretty bad idea for commuters because I commute every morning downtown," she says.
As officials in Japan express optimism about containing the nuclear accident there, U.S. officials are advising Americans there is no need to take potassium iodide tablets.
Nevertheless, the State Department has authorized the distribution of potassium iodide to U.S. government personnel in Japan, "out of an abundance of caution." But it's a precautionary step, and State tells personnel there, they should only take the protective iodine if instructed to do so by the U.S. government.