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Small areas reopen near Fukushima nuclear plant, few return

Evacuation orders were lifted in small sections of a Japanese town just southwest of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant on Saturday, in time for the area's popular cherry blossom season, and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida joined a ceremony to mark the reopening.

Tornadoes spawned by huge system pulverize U.S. homes; 1 dead

A monster storm system tore through the U.S. South and Midwest on Friday, spawning tornadoes that shredded homes and shopping centres, overturned vehicles and uprooted trees as people raced for shelter. At least one person was reported dead and two dozen or more were hurt, some critically, in the Little Rock area.

Harris peeks at peppers on farm with climate change in mind

Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday travelled down a dirt road to tour a farm outside Zambia's capital that's using new techniques and technology to boost its vegetable crop as she highlighted ways to secure food supplies in an age of global warming.

Fiona, Ian retired from list of tropical cyclone names

Weather officials announced Wednesday that they're retiring the names Fiona and Ian from the rotating list of Atlantic tropical cyclone names because of the death and destruction caused by the most recent storms with those names.