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Kiev says 'no open fire' in forests of Chernobyl nuclear zone

Kiev - Ukraine said Tuesday only small isolated fires remain at the scene of a blaze that erupted 10 days ago in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, scene of the world's worst nuclear accident in 1986.

Kiev says huge forest fire 'no threat' to Chernobyl nuclear zone

Kiev - Hundreds of firefighters on Monday battled a forest blaze in Ukraine's Chernobyl exclusion zone while officials insisted there was no risk to the ruined reactor and nearby storage facilities for nuclear waste.

Review: Knowing how it will end doesn’t tarnish this week’s releases Special

This week’s releases include a dog’s take on life; a franchise extension; women taking Hell’s Kitchen by storm; a different approach to the horror anthology; a special celebration of a great animated series; and the truth behind a disaster.

Ukraine leaps into tourism — Tour Chernobyl's control room four

Chernobyl - The Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the scene of the world's worst nuclear disaster, has seen a huge increase in visitor numbers in recent years as part of a growing global interest in dark tourism. Now, Ukraine has made it a tourist destination.

Ukraine inaugurates giant dome over destroyed Chernobyl reactor

Chernobyl - Ukraine and its European partners on Wednesday formally inaugurated a new metal dome encasing the destroyed reactor at the infamous Chernobyl plant, wrapping up a two-decade effort.

Op-Ed: Safer reactors coming with new tech and mixed feelings

Sydney - The next generation of nuclear reactors has been a long time coming. The good news is that some of the major issues now have solutions. The mixed feelings, however, are much the same.

'I'm no hero' says Chernobyl diver portrayed in hit TV series

Kiev - In the acclaimed US mini-series "Chernobyl", Oleksiy Ananenko is hailed as one of three men who helped avert an even greater disaster after the worst nuclear accident in history.

Chernobyl TV series reaps praise, criticism in Russia

Moscow - A US-made television series on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster was well-received by Russian audiences, even if some critics accused the makers of distorting the facts to show the Soviet-era authorities in a particularly bad light.

Chernobyl's stray dogs offered new life in US

Chernobyl - The restricted zone around Chernobyl is eerily quiet but one building near the scene of the world's worst nuclear disaster is full of barking and whining.

Ukraine puts out forest fire around Chernobyl

Kiev - A forest fire that had raged for three days in the restricted zone around Chernobyl, scene of the world's worst nuclear accident in 1986, was put out Thursday and no increase in radiation in the air was detected, authorities said.

Going home to Chernobyl ghost town 32 years on

Radin - Natalia Shevchuk gazes at the peeling walls inside her old flat and tears run down her cheeks: 32 years after the Chernobyl disaster she is finally revisiting her childhood home in the ghost town of Pripyat."Come inside: this is Apartment No.

Chernobyl disaster zone lures tourists as visitor numbers boom

Chernobyl - Camera? Check. Sunglasses? Check. And a Geiger counter? Check. For a growing number of thrill-seekers visiting Chernobyl's radiation-contaminated lands the device is used to help navigate the site of what remains the world's worst nuclear accident.

Chernobyl's radiation monitoring hit by cyberattack: spokeswoman

Kiev - The radiation monitoring system at Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear site has been taken offline after a massive cyberattack, forcing employees to use hand-held counters to measure levels, officials said Tuesday.

Ukraine, Belarus leaders mark Chernobyl anniversary

Kiev - The presidents of Ukraine and Belarus toured Wednesday the site of the Chernobyl plant to mark 31 years since the "unhealing wound" of the world's worst civil nuclear accident spewed radiation across Europe.

Ukraine moves giant new safety dome over Chernobyl

Chernobyl - Ukraine on Tuesday unveiled the world's largest moveable metal structure over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant's doomed fourth reactor to ensure the safety of Europeans for future generations.

Giant safety arch begins sliding over Chernobyl

Kiev - A giant arch shielding radioactive waste from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster began sliding into place Monday with a mission of keeping the site safe for generations to come.

Chernobyl nuclear site could become a giant solar farm

The Chernobyl nuclear power site was one of the most deadly in history. The abandoned area could not be turned into a giant solar power farm.

Ukraine plans to build world's largest solar farm at Chernobyl

Thirty years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, an exclusion zone 1,600 square miles (1,000 sq. km) surrounding the plant still keeps people out because it remains uninhabitable. But Ukraine wants to put the land to work as a solar farm.

Thirty years on, Ukraine mourns victims of Chernobyl

Chernobyl - Ukrainians held candlelit vigils Tuesday to mark 30 years since the world's worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl spewed radiation across Europe and left several thousand people dead or dying.

Chernobyl — The world is still in denial over radiation damages

For people living in Belarus, a country that ended up with 23 percent of its land contaminated with radioactive fallout after the Chernobyl disaster on April 26, 1986, the incident has turned into a fairy tale, and they are living in a fantasy world.

Donors pledge cash to keep Chernobyl safe 30 years after disaster

Kiev - Global donors on Monday pledged additional money to help Ukraine keep Chernobyl safe for generations after causing the world's worst nuclear power disaster 30 years ago.The 87.

Lessons of Chernobyl disaster, 30 years on

Vienna - Ukraine next week marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, when human error and flawed Soviet reactor technology led to the world's worst nuclear accident.

Lessons of Chernobyl disaster, 30 years on

Vienna - Ukraine will next week mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, when human error and flawed Soviet reactor technology led to the world's worst nuclear accident.

Chernobyl zone turns into testbed for Nature's rebound

Chernobyl - What happens when the site of the world's worst nuclear accident is left all but abandoned for nearly 30 years?

Defying radiation, elderly residents cling on in Chernobyl

Chernobyl - Defying radioactive contamination and a government evacuation order, Yevgeny Markevich returned to his beloved Chernobyl shortly after it suffered the world's worst nuclear accident 30 years ago this week.

30 years on, Chernobyl worker remembers disaster aftermath

Ukraine - Igor Magala can still remember the metallic taste he got in his mouth as he drove up to the Chernobyl nuclear power station on the morning of April 26, 1986.

Ukraine prepares to mark 30 years since Chernobyl shook the world

Kiev - Ukraine is preparing to mark 30 years since the Chernobyl disaster, the world's worst nuclear accident whose death toll remains a mystery and which continues to jeopardise the local population's health.

Chernobyl wildfire extinguished: Ukraine

Kiev - Ukraine said on Saturday that firefighters have extinguished a forest fire that had burned for four days near the Chernobyl plant, scene of the world's worst nuclear accident in 1986.

Chernobyl wildfire nearly extinguished: Ukraine

Kiev - Firefighters have nearly extinguished a forest fire near Ukraine's Chernobyl plant, scene of the world's worst nuclear accident in 1986 and hope to put it out fully within two days, the emergency services said on Thursday.

Foreign donors raise 180 mn euros for new Chernobyl cover

London - International donors agreed to pay an extra 180 million euros ($201 million) to fund a new cover for the disused Chernobyl nuclear power plant at a conference in London on Wednesday.
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The city of Pripyat  a  Ghost Town  now  with a view of Chernobyl in the background. Jan. 20  2007.
The city of Pripyat, a "Ghost Town" now, with a view of Chernobyl in the background. Jan. 20, 2007.
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The Chernobyl reactor #4 building as of 2006  including the later-built sarcophagus and elements of ...
The Chernobyl reactor #4 building as of 2006, including the later-built sarcophagus and elements of the maximum-security perimeter. Photo taken: September 18, 2006.
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View of Chernobyl Reactor 4 with New Safe Confinement Facility at Rear - Chernobyl Exclusion Zone - ...
View of Chernobyl Reactor 4 with New Safe Confinement Facility at Rear - Chernobyl Exclusion Zone - Northern Ukraine in May, 2016.
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Children born in the region are said to have a higher rate of birth defects and retardation because ...
Children born in the region are said to have a higher rate of birth defects and retardation because of Chernobyl, a belief supported by many, but not all in the scientific community.
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Workers must wear plastic suits and respirators for protection inside Reactor #4  where radiation le...
Workers must wear plastic suits and respirators for protection inside Reactor #4, where radiation levels remain so high shifts are limited to only 15 minutes per day.
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A panorama view of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant  June 2013. The in-progress NSC construction ar...
A panorama view of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, June 2013. The in-progress NSC construction area is the arch on the left-hand side.
Ingmar Runge
Wind blows through the desolate town of Pripyat.  On April 26  1986  this amusement park was being r...
Wind blows through the desolate town of Pripyat. On April 26, 1986, this amusement park was being readied for the annual May Day celebrations when the Chernobyl nuclear accident occurred.
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Since rising to power in 1994  President Alexander Lukashenko is one of Europe s longest ruling head...
Since rising to power in 1994, President Alexander Lukashenko is one of Europe's longest ruling heads of state.
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The 1 000 sq. mi. no-mans land around Chernobyl is known as the  Zone of Alienation.
The 1,000 sq. mi. no-mans land around Chernobyl is known as the "Zone of Alienation."
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A memorial in Chernobyl  Ukraine.
A memorial in Chernobyl, Ukraine.
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Entrance gate to the Chernobyl reactor zone. In the background: The sarcophagus built around Reactor...
Entrance gate to the Chernobyl reactor zone. In the background: The sarcophagus built around Reactor #4.
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