Australia news live: ClubsNSW boss Josh Landis sacked after comments on Dominic Perrottet’s religion
by Rafqa Touma (now) and Natasha May and Martin Farrer (earlier) on January 31, 2023 at 5:03 am
Follow the latest updates liveGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastAlice Springs’ convention centre was packed last night for a meeting where business owners […]
Australia lifts ranking on global anti-corruption index after hitting record low
by Christopher Knaus on January 31, 2023 at 5:00 am
Improvement attributed to new anti-corruption commission, but Transparency International warns more whistleblower protections are neededFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet […]
Violence in Nigeria risks derailing forthcoming presidential elections
by Ope Adetayo in Lagos on January 31, 2023 at 5:00 am
At least 50 attacks against staff and facilities of the electoral commission have been recorded between 2019 election and end of 2022Routine violence in south-east Nigeria including attacks on the […]
Pakistan mosque blast: More confirmed dead in marathon search of rubble
on January 31, 2023 at 4:53 am
An inquiry is under way into how a suicide bomber got into the high-security police quarters in Peshawar.
More than 600 arrested in blitz on NSW domestic violence offenders
by Australian Associated Press on January 31, 2023 at 4:37 am
Police lay 1,153 charges, with officers seizing drugs and dangerous weapons including knuckledusters, swords and hatchetsFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and […]
As Zelensky Calls for Speedy Tank Deliveries, Timing Remains Key Question
by The New York Times on January 31, 2023 at 4:32 am
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has asked allies to quickly supply pledged armaments and ‘new necessary weaponry,’ but getting promised tanks will take time, as will training for […]
Daniel Andrews promises Victorian bail law reform after inquest into Veronica Nelson’s death
by Adeshola Ore and AAP on January 31, 2023 at 4:14 am
Premier vows responsibility to ‘make the necessary changes’ after state coroner recommended urgent review of bail actFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our […]
Police seek court order to stop LGBTQ+ protesters marching outside George Pell’s funeral
by Christopher Knaus on January 31, 2023 at 4:02 am
Campaign group says police stance is baffling and they are not planning to disrupt the requiem mass being held at St Mary’s Cathedral in SydneyFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest […]
Australia’s new $528m icebreaker research vessel Nuyina suffers another setback
by Henry Belot on January 31, 2023 at 3:55 am
Macquarie Island resupply mission will now be carried out by a smaller chartered ship, delaying some scientific researchFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and […]
Visa denial frustrates Ukrainian refugees in South Korea - UCA News
on January 31, 2023 at 3:47 am
Ethnic Koreans in Ukraine are seen in this file image. Ethnic Korean refugees who fled from war-torn Ukraine to South Korea face a threat of ...
Canada province experiments with decriminalising hard drugs
on January 31, 2023 at 3:15 am
Cocaine, heroin and fentanyl will be allowed in small quantities in Vancouver and its surrounding province.
Tyre Nichols’ death: seven officers have been removed from duty, police confirm
by Adam Gabbatt in New York and Edwin Rios in Memphis and agencies on January 31, 2023 at 3:12 am
Two EMTs and a firefighter also fired as lawmakers call for meeting with president and investigation continuesTwo more Memphis police officers have been disciplined and three emergency responders […]
U.S. Pushes for Military Sites in Philippines to Counter China
on January 31, 2023 at 2:44 am
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin plans to meet this week with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
IMF Upgrades Global Economic Outlook as Inflation Eases
by Alan Rappeport on January 31, 2023 at 2:42 am
The International Monetary Fund said the world economy was poised for a rebound as inflation eases.
Ukraine receiving 60 Bradley fighting vehicles after fleet departs South Carolina
on January 31, 2023 at 2:35 am
A fleet of more than 60 Bradley fighting vehicles departed South Carolina for Ukraine last week as part of the latest $2.5 billion package in military aid.
Lismore group welcoming refugees cites potential economic benefit for town
on January 31, 2023 at 2:25 am
Campaigners mount counter-demonstration after Sunday's protest against use of defunct hotel for emergency accommodation.
Ukraine Urges Allies to Speed Up Delivery of Weaponry
by Lara Jakes, Alan Yuhas and Thomas Gibbons-Neff on January 31, 2023 at 2:24 am
“We have to make time our weapon,” President Volodymyr Zelensky declared as Ukrainians girded for an expected Russian offensive.
Religious freedom summit brings together politicians from both sides of aisle for global event
on January 31, 2023 at 2:12 am
International Religious Freedom Summit starts Tuesday in Washington, D.C. It aims to shine a light on religious freedom and highlight the plight of persecuted groups around the world.
Tyre Nichols death: Three Memphis fire department staff fired
on January 31, 2023 at 2:05 am
The fire department workers allegedly "failed to conduct an adequate patient assessment of Mr Nichols".
Laverne & Shirley actress Cindy Williams dies aged 75
on January 31, 2023 at 1:59 am
Cindy Williams was best known for her role as Shirley Feeney in the popular American 1970s sitcom.
Hotels may look to swap from refugees to tourists for St Patrick's weekend - Catherine Martin
on January 31, 2023 at 1:56 am
Minister for Tourism and Culture Catherine Martin has said she is “conscious” that hotels currently housing asylum seekers and Ukrainian refugees ...
Ukraine war: Joe Biden rules out sending F-16 fighter jets
on January 31, 2023 at 1:39 am
Kyiv says it needs further aid to help take control of the country's airspace from Russia.
Britain the only G7 economy forecast to shrink in 2023
by Larry Elliott Economics editor on January 31, 2023 at 1:30 am
IMF says UK economy is likely to contract 0.6% as rising interest rates and higher taxes take tollBritain is expected to be the only major industrialised country to see its economy shrink this year […]
Refugees And Avoiding Groupthink: How This Former Soldier Rescued A £1B Property ... - Bisnow
on January 31, 2023 at 1:25 am
The company has even set up a programme to bring refugees who fled conflict into the business to make it more resilient and avoid the dangers of ...
Burmese Refugees Collecting Oral Histories Receive Grant to Continue Storytelling Project
on January 31, 2023 at 1:18 am
The Karen Organization of San Diego serves the Karen community and other refugee families from Burma. Photo credit: https://karensandiego.org/.
Blinken Meets Netanyahu at Turbulent Moment for Israel
by Michael Crowley on January 31, 2023 at 1:15 am
The secretary of state and the Israeli leader had a ‘candid’ conversation amid deepening rifts over the Palestinians, Ukraine and a rightward shift by Benjamin Netanyahu’s […]
India budget 2023: What happened to last year's pledges?
on January 31, 2023 at 1:11 am
Progress has been made on broad economic indicators, but some social welfare schemes have lagged behind.
Russian business magnate accused of hacking, insider trading
on January 31, 2023 at 1:10 am
Russian businessman Vladislav Klyushin has been charged in an alleged scheme to hack into U.S. computer networks for insider information on American companies.
'They call us garbage people': The Syrians surviving off US army waste
on January 31, 2023 at 1:07 am
The war in Syria has left millions destitute and forced some to resort to US army waste for food.
Namibia reports record level of rhino poaching
on January 31, 2023 at 1:01 am
Rhino poaching in Namibia nearly doubled last year, according to government data.
Biden restores protections to Alaska's Tongass National Forest
on January 31, 2023 at 12:44 am
Logging and road building will be once again banned in much of Alaska's Tongass Forest.
Another whale mysteriously washes ashore on US East Coast
on January 31, 2023 at 12:24 am
An increase in beached whales across the US coastline has baffled researchers and environmentalists.
Farmers will be key to plan to restore England’s green spaces and wildlife
by Helena Horton and Fiona Harvey on January 31, 2023 at 12:01 am
Environmental improvement plan includes many ambitious pledges but hard-pressed agricultural sector will need effective supportEvery household in England ‘to be within 15 minutes of green space […]
Doctors in England and Wales urged to monitor people’s drinking habits
by Andrew Gregory Health editor on January 31, 2023 at 12:01 am
More than 10m people consume alcohol at levels that pose a risk to their health, experts sayGPs in England and Wales are being urged to ask patients detailed questions about their drinking habits […]
One in 10 children ‘have watched pornography by time they are nine’
by Sally Weale Education correspondent on January 31, 2023 at 12:01 am
Report by children’s commissioner for England finds worrying amount of content involves violenceOne in 10 children have watched pornography by the time they are nine years old, according to […]
Every household in England ‘to be within 15 minutes of green space or water’
by Fiona Harvey and Helena Horton on January 31, 2023 at 12:01 am
Major environmental plan includes tackling sewage spills and restoring wildlife habitats but critics question lack of fundingFarmers will be key to plan to restore England’s green spaces and […]
Hospitals in England cancel 88,000 appointments in seven weeks due to strikes
by Denis Campbell Health policy editor on January 31, 2023 at 12:01 am
NHS leaders warn disruption to patients could become even worse as healthcare staff plan further strikesHospitals in England have had to cancel 88,000 appointments because of strikes by nurses and […]
Pamela Anderson memoir bares soul on fame and heartbreak
on January 30, 2023 at 11:51 pm
The Baywatch legend opens up about her abusive childhood, her marriages, and that Kremlin meeting.
Biden will announce end of national and public health Covid emergencies in May
by Associated Press on January 30, 2023 at 11:47 pm
The move to end the declarations comes as House Republicans are set to pass a resolution to demand their immediate scrapping Joe Biden informed Congress on Monday that he will end the twin national […]
Liberal MP calls on cabinet to back motion making room for Uyghur refugees
on January 30, 2023 at 11:31 pm
Motion takes cue from Canada's declaration that Chinese regime is committing genocide against minority Muslims in Xinjiang region.
Surge in complications from unsafe abortions likely post-Roe, doctors warn
by Gloria Oladipo on January 30, 2023 at 11:30 pm
People in underserved medical communities in states that ban abortions may be more likely to attempt self-managed abortionsTop doctors in the US warn that surgeons should be prepared to treat more […]
Can Clearance Holders Sponsor Refugees? - ClearanceJobs
on January 30, 2023 at 11:24 pm
Your source for Security Clearance news and security-cleared job opportunities. Read "Can Clearance Holders Sponsor Refugees? ".
Pakistan: dozens killed in mosque blast in Peshawar
by Hannah Ellis-Petersen South Asia correspondent on January 30, 2023 at 11:24 pm
At least 83 people dead and many more wounded in suicide bombing that Pakistan Taliban says it is not responsible for, in contradiction of earlier admissionAt least 83 people have been killed and […]
'He is the only hope we have': South Sudan's religious, refugees pray papal visit will restore peace
on January 30, 2023 at 11:06 pm
As Pope Francis prepares to arrive Feb. 3 in South Sudan, religious sisters hope his visit will stir political leaders to finally come together ...
Chicago prosecutor to drop sex-abuse charges against R Kelly
by Associated Press on January 30, 2023 at 11:05 pm
Cook county state attorney makes decision after two federal convictions that ensure singer will be locked up for decadesA Chicago prosecutor said Monday that she’s dropping sex-abuse charges […]
South African tiger on the loose successfully captured
on January 30, 2023 at 11:00 pm
A South African tiger that was on the loose was successfully captured while roaming in a residential area. The tiger was shot Monday using darts containing sedatives.
LGBT people hunted by gangs and police in Egypt
on January 30, 2023 at 10:54 pm
A BBC News investigation reveals how violent gangs are abusing LGBT community members they meet online.
$1.5 Million in Federal Funding Will Help Fresno Immigrants, Refugees - GV Wire
on January 30, 2023 at 10:50 pm
Fresno Center leaders are celebrating $1.5 million in federal funding secured by Rep. Jim Costa (D-Fresno) to help immigrants and refugees.
Brazil's former President Bolsonaro applies for U.S. tourist visa: reports
on January 30, 2023 at 10:40 pm
Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has applied for a six-month tourist visa in the United States to clear his head and take time off before deciding his next steps.
Your Tuesday Briefing: A Bombing in Pakistan
by Amelia Nierenberg and Daniel E. Slotnik on January 30, 2023 at 10:39 pm
Also, Israel attacks Iran and the Adani Group fights fraud allegations.
Over 40 young refugees to get scholarships in Greece - InfoMigrants
on January 30, 2023 at 10:31 pm
The U.S. Embassy in Athens has announced it is offering scholarship to refugees and migrants with financial needs. More than 40 students are ...
TikTok CEO to testify before US Congress next month over data privacy
by Kari Paul on January 30, 2023 at 10:18 pm
Shou Zi Chew will face legislators amid concerns over the social media app’s alleged collusion with Beijing in accessing user dataAs the US legislative battle over TikTok continues to escalate, […]
Jair Bolsonaro applies for six-month tourist visa to stay in US
by Staff and agencies on January 30, 2023 at 10:16 pm
Ex-Brazil president who has been in Florida since 30 December is being investigated for attempt to topple country’s governmentBrazil’s former president Jair Bolsonaro, who is facing […]
Jenin refugee camp residents defiant after deadly Israeli assault - Al Jazeera
on January 30, 2023 at 10:15 pm
Jenin refugee camp, occupied West Bank – In Umm Yousif's neighbourhood, nearly every home and car is riddled with bullet holes and broken windows ...
Canada must continue modelling its refugee efforts on its response to the Syrian crisis
on January 30, 2023 at 10:15 pm
New research shows Syrian refugees are notably optimistic about the future for themselves and their children in Canada.
Poland could supply Ukraine with F-16 fighters, Kyiv suggests
by Dan Sabbagh in Kyiv on January 30, 2023 at 10:13 pm
Ukraine official reports ‘positive signals’ from Warsaw – but Poland stresses it will only act in consultation with Nato alliesVolodymyr Zelenskiy’s most senior adviser has […]
Former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has applied for US visa
on January 30, 2023 at 10:10 pm
The ex-president, currently staying in Florida, wants to "enjoy being a tourist", his lawyer says.
How Egyptian police hunt LGBT people on dating apps
on January 30, 2023 at 10:08 pm
The BBC has seen evidence of how officers pose as dates online to seek out and arrest their targets.
Fairbourne residents fight UK's first 'climate refugees' label | ITV News
on January 30, 2023 at 10:06 pm
... and journalists descended on Fairbourne eager to talk to the UK's first "climate refugees," a tag bitterly resented by residents.
Singapore inequality: How a tote bag sparked a debate about class
on January 30, 2023 at 10:05 pm
A teenager's post about her first "luxury bag" has drawn tens of millions of views.
Climate Refugee: An old term gaining in popularity as extreme weather changes how people live
on January 30, 2023 at 10:04 pm
No one wants to become a climate refugee. But, recent survivors of Hurricane Ian tell ABC Action News that is what they've now become.
Organ donation: 'My daughter was shot but lives on in those she saved'
on January 30, 2023 at 10:02 pm
Could the shooting of a six-year-old girl spark change in India where organ donation is rare?
US residents can now sponsor refugees. Here's what you need to know to participate
on January 30, 2023 at 10:01 pm
Doing so shifts some of the work away from refugee resettlement agencies which have for decades handled the logistics of receiving newcomers into ...
Voice to parliament: migrant and refugee groups reject 'divisive' no campaign proposal for ...
on January 30, 2023 at 9:59 pm
“That shouldn't be conflated with refugee and migrant issues, I find that disrespectful and cynical … migrants and refugees are very much allies of ...
Baldinelli Urges Feds to Help Local Municipalities Facing Rising Number of Refugees
on January 30, 2023 at 9:59 pm
A local Conservative MP says the federal government must ensure municipalities can handle the rise of refugees in the Niagara region.
27 refugees moved to well-known Letterkenny premises - Donegal Daily
on January 30, 2023 at 9:57 pm
A total of 27 refugees have been accommodated at a premises at Lower Main Street in Letterkenny, the Department of Equality has confirmed.
Ukraine to invest $550 million in drones, defense minister says
on January 30, 2023 at 9:54 pm
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said Monday the country is planning to invest nearly $550 million in drone manufacturing from domestic companies.
Suicide Bombing at Pakistan Mosque Kills At Least 44
by Salman Masood on January 30, 2023 at 9:53 pm
The country’s worst attack in months struck the northwest, where the police and military have been targeted, especially in areas straddling the border with Afghanistan.
George Washington University installs emergency contraception vending machine
by Gloria Oladipo in New York on January 30, 2023 at 9:49 pm
Students led effort over concern for reproductive rights after supreme court struck down constitutional right to abortionA vending machine that provides emergency contraception has been installed at […]
Historic Dublin building being used to house refugees in city centre
on January 30, 2023 at 9:39 pm
It comes as the Minister Roderic O'Gorman's Department struggles to house asylum seekers and refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine. Last year, 15,000 ...
The Double Whammy Making Italy the West’s Fastest Shrinking Nation
by Jason Horowitz on January 30, 2023 at 9:37 pm
Italy’s population of elder Italians is soaring as its birthrate plummets, putting the country at the forefront of a global demographic trend that experts call the “silver tsunami.”
US shooting suspect 'killed seven after $100 bill'
on January 30, 2023 at 9:37 pm
A San Mateo County District Attorney has said the suspect was angered over a workplace dispute.
In the Fight Over Gas Stoves, Meet the Industry’s Go-To Scientist
by Hiroko Tabuchi on January 30, 2023 at 9:33 pm
Longstanding research shows the health dangers of gas-burning ranges. Utilities are turning to Julie Goodman, a toxicologist with a firm whose work raises questions about the science.
Former Credit Suisse leader launches startup finding jobs for climate refugees - Bizwomen
on January 30, 2023 at 9:29 pm
Former Credit Suisse leader's new startup finds work for climate refugees. Lauren Ohnesorge, Senior Staff Writer - Triangle Business Journal
Mexican rural confrontation leaves 2 officers, 3 civilians dead
on January 30, 2023 at 8:39 pm
A Mexican rural confrontation over the weekend resulted in the deaths of two officers and three civilians. Residents of southern Mexico took action regarding complaints of police brutality.
Christmas, Easter removed from London School of Economics academic calendar: 'Church of woke' has taken over
on January 30, 2023 at 8:28 pm
The London School of Economics in the U.K. is stripping historical Christian terms from its academic calendar in an effort to promote an "international" atmosphere at the school.
Israel Drone Strike Hit Iranian Weapons Facility
on January 30, 2023 at 8:25 pm
The Sunday attack hit an advanced weapons-production facility and Israel believes the strike achieved its goals, according to people familiar with discussions about the operation.
Some Wagner Convict Fighters in Ukraine Are Returning to Russia
by Anatoly Kurmanaev, Alina Lobzina and Ekaterina Bodyagina on January 30, 2023 at 8:03 pm
Tens of thousands of inmates have joined a mercenary group fighting with the Kremlin’s decimated forces in Ukraine. Some of them are returning to civilian life with military training and, in […]
Man recieves pre-trial imprisonment for killing church officer, injuring 4 during Algeciras attack
on January 30, 2023 at 8:01 pm
A man suspected of killing a church officer and injuring four others during a machete attack will be jailed until his trial for terrorism. The judge approved a request for no bail.
Netherlands and Japan Said to Join U.S. in Curbing China’s Access to Chip Tech
by Ana Swanson on January 30, 2023 at 7:58 pm
A new agreement is expected to expand the reach of U.S. technology restrictions on China issued last year.
Three sloth bears die in freezing temperatures after plane grounded at Belgium airport: report
on January 30, 2023 at 7:58 pm
Three sloth bears reportedly have died in Belgium after the cargo plane they were being transported in was grounded during a winter storm.
Protecting urban oysters and Canadian wilds
by Erika Page on January 30, 2023 at 7:49 pm
Progress roundup: Hong Kongers are protecting reefs, Indigenous Canadians are conserving millions of acres of land and water, and more.
Roadside bomb targeting Syrian police wounds 15 officers
on January 30, 2023 at 7:22 pm
In Syria, 15 officers were injured after a bomb targeting Syrian police exploded. The officers were returning to the country's capital, Damascus.
All countries are dangerously unprepared for future outbreaks, IFRC reports
on January 30, 2023 at 7:19 pm
The International Federation of the Red Cross reported that every country is dangerously vulnerable to future outbreaks and pandemics.
Zelensky Urges Faster Weapons Deliveries Amid Russian Push
on January 30, 2023 at 7:19 pm
Russian forces have battered Ukrainian positions in recent weeks, pushing for a breakthrough before tanks pledged by Kyiv’s partners begin to arrive on the battlefield.
Move Over, Pablo Neruda. Young Chileans Have a New Favorite Poet.
by Ana Lankes on January 30, 2023 at 7:09 pm
Gabriela Mistral, the first Latin American to win a Nobel Prize for literature, was long considered staid. A new generation is reclaiming her as an anti-establishment icon.
Russia-Ukraine war live: Kremlin warns west that sending more weapons to Kyiv will lead to ‘significant escalation’ – as it happened
by Léonie Chao-Fong (now); Martin Belam and Samantha Lock (earlier) on January 30, 2023 at 7:00 pm
Kremlin spokesperson says supply of arms to Kyiv from west has led to Nato becoming more directly involved in the conflictWhat we know on day 341 of the invasionHere are some of the latest images to […]
Belarus' president arrives in Zimbabwe to cement economic, political ties between the Russian allies
on January 30, 2023 at 6:59 pm
Alexander Lukashenko arrived in Zimbabwe on Monday to cement the economic and political ties between Belarus and its fellow Russian ally. He was met with pomp and fanfare.
Swedish flag burnt in Jakarta amid Turkey Nato row
on January 30, 2023 at 6:55 pm
Indonesia is the latest country to see anti-Sweden protests, after a Quran burning in Stockholm.
Polish health minister ‘appalled’ girl, 14, struggled to get abortion after rape
by Agence France-Presse in Warsaw on January 30, 2023 at 6:33 pm
Doctors at several hospitals cited a conscience clause to avoid treating the teenager who has a mental disability Poland’s health minister has weighed in on a high-profile rape case, saying it […]
The Snow Monkeys of Nagano
by Alan Taylor on January 30, 2023 at 6:33 pm
Images of Japanese macaques relaxing and staying warm in the waters of a mountain hot spring
France buys new masterpiece 'Boating Party' for Orsay museum at $47 million
on January 30, 2023 at 6:25 pm
France has acquired a 19th-century Impressionist masterpiece for the Orsay museum. “Boating Party” by Gustave Caillebotte was bought with $47 million.
Australia, France announce plans to jointly send several thousand artillery shells to Ukraine
on January 30, 2023 at 6:24 pm
A multimillion-dollar plan to send artillery shells to Ukraine has been announced by Australia and France. The announcement comes nearly a year into Russia's war with Ukraine.
Blinken Visits Israel Amid Tensions Over Violence With Palestinians
on January 30, 2023 at 6:20 pm
The secretary of state underscored the countries’ commitment to combating Iran while calling on Israel to avoid steps that would complicate a two-state solution with Palestinians.
French Prime Minister Borne announces plan to defeat racism, anti-Semitism, and discrimination of all kinds
on January 30, 2023 at 6:04 pm
A plan to defeat anti-Semitism, racism, and discrimination of all kinds has been announced by French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne. Borne claimed, "Hate has reinvented itself."
Golf Course or Housing? A Patch of Green Divides Hong Kong
by Joy Dong on January 30, 2023 at 5:57 pm
The dispute over one of the city’s golf clubs exposes rare political friction for the elite in the new Hong Kong, where the establishment is torn between defending wealth and following […]
Europe embargoes Russian diesel to de-fuel war efforts
by David McHugh on January 30, 2023 at 5:34 pm
Europe is cutting more energy ties with Russia to stop feeding the war in Ukraine. Diesel prices have already jumped since the war started on Feb. 24, 2022, and they could rise again. Europe is […]
Baghdad Loses Green Space to Real Estate Boom
by Jane Arraf, Yasmine Mosimann and Emily Garthwaite on January 30, 2023 at 5:33 pm
The problem is driving up temperatures in what is already one of the hottest cities in the world, where air-conditioning is a luxury only the rich can afford.
Met police urged to prosecute Iranian accused of backing Rushdie fatwa
by Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor on January 30, 2023 at 5:15 pm
Officers are reviewing a dossier accusing Sayed Ataollah Mohajerani, who lives in London, of encouraging terrorismThe Metropolitan police is being urged to crack down on Iranian terrorism in the UK […]
Missing Radioactive Capsule Prompts Search, Concern in Australia
on January 30, 2023 at 5:07 pm
In the Australian Outback, authorities are looking for a capsule less than an inch long of radioactive material that can burn or sicken anyone who touches it.