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32 offences may no longer warrant the death penalty in Malaysia – including murder, kidnapping, and making nuclear weapons

Instead of the death penalty, those convicted of offences including gun use, drug trafficking, and the creation of weapons of mass destruction will receive sentences of at least 30 years' jail.
The Arihant nuclear ballistic submarine

India says its nuclear sub made its first patrol — and that it’s a ‘fitting response to … nuclear blackmail’

India's first domestically built nuclear-powered ballistic-missile sub, the INS Arihant, recently made its first deterrent patrol, New Delhi says.
An illustration of a nuclear bomb exploding in a city.

This simulator shows what a nuclear explosion would do to your town — and it just got a scary (yet helpful) new feature

Nukemap lets you explode nuclear weapons from your browser. A new version estimates radioactive fallout and protection afforded by different shelters.

10 of the biggest risks to humanity’s survival in the next 50 years, from nuclear war to supervolcanoes

The next 50 years will set the pace for humans' survival in the next 10,000 years, according to the Global Challenges Foundation.

Russia drilled for all out nuclear war — but a key element was missing

Russia frequently shows off its nuclear missiles but has suffered launch failures in the past. This kind of failure could bring embarrassment to Putin as he tries to confront the US and comes as his popularity is waning with Russians.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrive on Capitol Hill, August 2, 2017.

Russia reportedly warned Mattis it could use nuclear weapons in Europe, and it made him see Moscow as an ‘existential threat’ to the US

According to Bob Woodward's book "Fear," Russian officials warned Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that they were willing to use nuclear weapons under certain conditions — a warning that led him to see Russia as a threat to the US.
HMS Vengeance, which carries nuclear missiles, travels to Devonport, Scotland for an upgrade in 2012.

How a 60-year-old BBC radio show may be one of the only things keeping the world from nuclear war

The UK has four nuclear submarines that wait underwater for signs that their country still exists. One of those signs comes from BBC Radio 4's "Today" program. If it stops broadcasting for a few days, the crew may end up using its nuclear weapons in response.
A German air force Tornado jet takes off from the German army airbase in Jagel, northern Germany, December 10, 2015.

Germany wants a new nuclear-capable fighter, and the US may get a say about which one

Germany wants to replace its Tornado combat aircraft within the next decade. But it also wants to maintain the Tornado's nuclear capability, and that means the US could have leverage about which aircraft Berlin ultimately chooses.
Nine nations possess roughly 14,525 nuclear weapons.

About 14,525 nuclear weapons exist today in the arsenals of these 9 nations

Nuclear weapons stockpiles have ebbed and flowed over the years, as countries like the US and Russia carry out arms-reduction agreements. Here's how many nukes exist today, and which countries have them.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump are expected at Davos this week, but do not plan to meet.

Trump has Germany thinking about getting nuclear weapons, but some think it’s a ‘totally phoney debate’

Trump's apparent disdain for the US's European allies has many of them rethinking their defense capabilities. In Germany, that means a renewed round of debate over whether nuclear weapons are needed.