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Fukushima chief confident new disaster won't threaten clean-up

- The chief of Japan's shuttered Fukushima nuclear power plant warned Wednesday that the biggest risk the crippled facility faces is another major earthquake and tsunami -- though insisted the chaos of nearly five years ago won't be repeated.

North Korea has restarted plutonium reactor: U.S.

Washington - North Korea has restarted a plutonium reactor that could fuel a nuclear bomb and is seeking missile technology that could threaten the United States, Washington's top spy said Tuesday.

US hopes to send anti-missile system to SKorea 'as quickly as possible'

Washington - The US military wants to send a sophisticated missile defense system to South Korea "as quickly as possible," the Pentagon said Monday as it seeks to counter an ever-defiant North Korea.

U.S. missile shield spotlights divisions on handling North Korea

Seoul - Official moves towards the deployment of a US missile defence system in South Korea following Pyongyang's latest rocket launch will increase pressure on Beijing to bring its errant neighbour to heel, analysts say.

Obama, Park press Beijing on N.Korea sanctions

Washington - The campaign to win China's backing for deeper sanctions against North Korea gained in intensity Friday, with the US and South Korean presidents making their case directly to Xi Jinping.

Japan turns on third nuclear reactor since post-Fukushima ban

Toukyo - Japan on Friday restarted its third nuclear reactor since a country-wide shutdown in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in 2011, after a court ruled it was safe despite opposition from local residents.

Embattled N. Korea sends top diplomats to Russia, China: Reports

Seoul - Facing a US-led push for tough United Nations sanctions over its latest nuclear test, North Korea appeared to be looking for Security Council allies Friday, sending top diplomats to Moscow and possibly Beijing.

Netherlands says 'serious' concerns about Belgium nuclear plants

Doel - The Netherlands has "serious" concerns about neighbouring Belgium's ageing nuclear reactors, the Dutch environment minister said Wednesday during a joint inspection of one plant with her Belgian counterpart.

Iran's Khamenei warns against US 'deceit' in nuclear deal

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Tuesday against American "deceit" after Tehran finalised a landmark nuclear deal with world powers led by the United States.

Iran's supreme leader warns against US 'deceit'

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Tuesday against American "deceit", just days after the end of sanctions under a nuclear deal that the central bank said would unblock $32 billion.

Americans reunited with families after Iran ordeal

Washington - Americans freed by Iran over the weekend reunited with their families at a US military base in Germany, but relatives of another hostage expressed serious disappointment he had not been released.

Ex-FBI agent's family 'outraged' he wasn't in Iran deal

Washington - "Crushed and outraged" relatives of an American missing in Iran for nine years expressed deep frustration that he was not included in a prisoner exchange over the weekend."Why did Iran prisoner swap not include my father?

Iran boosts oil production, condemns new sanctions

Tehran - Iran announced a major boost in oil production on Monday after the lifting of sanctions under its nuclear deal, while condemning new US measures against its missile programme.

After nuke deal and prisoner swap, where next for U.S.-Iran ties?

Washington - Was this weekend's nuclear deal and Washington's surprise prisoner swap with Tehran the final high point of a one-off diplomatic initiative or the start of a real realignment?

IAEA chief lands in Tehran to meet Iran's president

Tehran - The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog Yukiya Amano arrived in Tehran Monday for talks with President Hassan Rouhani, two days after Iran's nuclear deal with world powers went into force.

Iran denounces new U.S. sanctions on missile programme

Tehran - Iran denounced new US sanctions on its missile programme on Monday but pushed ahead with international cooperation after its historic nuclear deal.

Nuclear watchdog chief in Iran for talks after deal

Tehran - International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano was due to hold talks in Tehran Monday on ensuring Iran's continued compliance with a nuclear deal the US and Iranian presidents hailed as a historic breakthrough.

Three US prisoners freed by Iran arrive in Germany

Berlin - Three of the four US citizens freed by Iran in a prisoner swap arrived in Germany, Secretary of State John Kerry said, where they were expected at an American military base.

Three U.S. prisoners freed by Iran on their way to Germany: Official

Ginebra - Three of the four US citizens freed by Iran in a prisoner swap were headed to a US military base in Germany after a brief stop in Geneva, a Swiss foreign ministry spokesman told AFP on Sunday.

Obama to speak on Iran at 1545 GMT: White House

Washington - President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on Iran at 1545 GMT Sunday, the White House said.The presidential statement comes after the lifting of international sanctions against Iran as part of a nuclear deal capped by a US-Iranian prisoner exchange.

Sceptics of Iran nuclear deal 'all proven wrong': Rouhani

Tehran - President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that sceptics who had warned a nuclear deal with world powers would not bring benefits to Iran "were all proven wrong".

Three U.S. prisoners freed by Iran due in Switzerland

Ginebra - Three US citizens freed by Iran in a prisoner swap after more than a year of secret negotiations on Swiss soil are due to arrive in Switzerland later Sunday, Swiss and US officials said.

Freed U.S. reporter Rezaian leaves Iran: Washington Post

Washington - Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been released from Evin Prison in Tehran and has left Iran, his newspaper said in a statement Sunday.

Israel will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons: Netanyahu

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Sunday that Israel would not allow it to obtain nuclear weapons, after sanctions were lifted under Tehran's historic nuclear deal with global powers.

US, Iran leaders hail nuke deal as new sanctions imposed

Tehran - The US and Iranian presidents on Sunday hailed the implementation of Tehran's nuclear deal as historic, even as new American sanctions threatened fresh tensions.

Belgium's ageing nuclear plants worry neighbours

Nieuw-namen - As the two cooling towers at Belgium's Doel nuclear power belch thick white steam into a wintry sky, people over the border in the Dutch town of Nieuw-Namen are on edge.

Nuclear deal marks U.S.-Iran thaw, but Saudis sulk

Washington - The implementation of the Iran nuclear deal marked a major step forward in Washington's cautious rapprochement with Iran, but will further strain ties with Saudi Arabia.

Iran nuclear deal win may be short-lived for Rouhani

Tehran - It is the hard-fought central pillar of his presidency, an election pledge delivered, but Hassan Rouhani may yet find it difficult to capitalise on Iran's nuclear deal with world powers.

EU has lifted Iran sanctions after nuclear deal compliance: European source

Brussels - The European Union on Saturday lifted its economic sanctions against Iran after the UN atomic watchdog announced that Tehran had complied with the terms of last July's landmark deal aimed at scaling down its nuclear programme.

Iran has complied with nuclear deal: UN watchdog

Vienna - Iran has complied with last July's nuclear deal, the UN atomic watchdog said Saturday, allowing sanctions to be lifted and the landmark accord to enter into force.
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Sign next to map in a Fukushima City park expresses apologies from city for declaring one-hour park-usage time limit due to radiation level on soil and equipment.
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Another view of HMS Sceptre
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DIPLOMACY: Germany's foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, European Union diplomat Federica Mogherini and Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif pose on stage at the Austria Center in Vienna on July 14 after reaching a multi-nation agreement to restrict Iran's ability to obtain nuclear weapons in exchange for relief from international economic sanctions.
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The K-27 was a November Class submarine. The picture is of the K-159, also a November Class sub.
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OFFICIAL: Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shake hands last summer after agreeing on an international nuclear deal at the Austria Center in Vienna.
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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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Arak IR-40 Heavy Water Reactor, Iran
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Shahram Amiri says that he was abducted and tortured by American intelligence.
Shahram Amiri says that he was abducted and tortured by American intelligence.
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PEACEMAKERS: From left, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton, participates in a trilateral meeting with EU High Representative Catherine Ashton meet in New York in September.
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Royal Navy photo of HMS Sceptre.
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Protesters in Tokyo on Friday.
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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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President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver a press conference following their meeting in the Oval Office.
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The Ofek-9 was successfully launched into space on June 22. The first transmission received today confirmed that the high-tech spy satellite had established and maintained orbit.
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Nuclear symbol over Iran.
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The G8 Youth Defence Committee in action.