Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight comfort each other as they wait for a news briefing by airline officials at a hotel ballroom in Beijing on Thursday. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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Japan's draft of a new energy proposal calls for opening nuclear power plants that were shut down after the nuclear disaster in 2011. Greg Webb/IAEA/AP hide caption

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A Tokyo Electric Power Company official (center) stands with journalists at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan on Nov. 7. Cleanup efforts at the plant remain ongoing. Kimimasa Mayama/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chinese blacksmiths in Nuanquan (Warm Spring) Town perform a folk custom called "making trees and flowers." They throw ladles of molten iron onto a wall, creating showers of sparks. The centuries-old custom originated with blacksmiths too poor to afford fireworks. In recent years, urban tourists have flocked to this once obscure town over the Chinese New Year holiday to enjoy local folk customs. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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