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Japan says ageing nuclear reactors can stay on line

Toukyo - Japanese regulators said Monday that two ageing nuclear reactors can stay on line for up to 20 more years -- the first such exception under tighter safety rules imposed after the 2011 Fukushima crisis.

Dutch probe cross-border nuclear safety

Den Haag - The Dutch safety board announced on Wednesday it is launching an investigation into how the Netherlands works with its neighbours to prevent and handle any cross-border nuclear power accidents.

U.S., Russia cutting nuke arsenals, but modernising: Study

Stockholm - The world's biggest nuclear powers, the US and Russia, are slowly reducing their nuclear arsenals but are modernising their capacities, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said on Monday.

In turnaround, Sweden agrees to continue nuclear power

Stockholm - Sweden's left-wing government struck a deal with the opposition Friday to continue nuclear power for the foreseeable future, backtracking on its pledge to phase out atomic energy.

Mexico backs India's nuclear suppliers group bid

- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto backed India's bid to join a nuclear trade group as Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Latin American nation.

'Indications' N. Korea has reactivated plutonium plant: UN watchdog

Vienna - North Korea may have reactivated a plant for reprocessing plutonium for use in nuclear weapons, the UN atomic watchdog said Monday, citing satellite imagery and echoing recent comments from a US think-tank."The indications that we have obtained...

North Korea 'will be punished' says France

Paris - French President Francois Hollande promised Friday to enforce tough sanctions on North Korea, which faced UN condemnation this week for its latest attempted missile launch.

Signs of reprocessing at N. Korea complex: US think tank

Seoul - Recent satellite images reveal multiple indicators that North Korea is preparing, or has already begun, to reprocess plutonium for additional nuclear weapons at its main atomic complex, a US think tank said.

EU further tightens sanctions on North Korea

Brussels - The European Union on Friday further tightened sanctions against North Korea over nuclear and ballistic missile tests carried out in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.

Iran sticking to nuclear deal: UN watchdog

Vienna - Iran is still complying with the July 2015 landmark nuclear deal with major powers, a report from the UN atomic watchdog seen by AFP showed on Friday.

Hiroshima: What happened to people?

Yokogawa - The atomic blast in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 killed 140,000 people; tens of thousands died instantly, while the rest succumbed to injuries or illness in the weeks, months and years afterwards.

U.S. nuclear force still using 1970s floppy disks warns watchdog

Washington - America's nuclear force still uses floppy disks designed in the 1970s to coordinate some of its functions, according to a watchdog report released.

Obama says no apology for A-bomb on Hiroshima visit

Toukyo - Barack Obama will not apologise for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima when he this week becomes the first sitting US president to visit the city, he told Japanese television.

Orbita, a ghost of Chernobyl in the heart of Ukraine

Ukraine - Missing from maps, a ghost town hides in the pine forests of central Ukraine, abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster but now filling with families fleeing the pro-Russian eastern separatist war.

France's 'Atomic Anne' charged over nuclear deal

Paris - French nuclear giant Areva's former boss Anne Lauvergeon was charged Friday as part of a probe linked to its disastrous 2007 purchase of a Canadian uranium mining firm, Uramin.

Hiroshima hopes Obama visit will revitalise anti-nuclear push

Toukyo - Barack Obama's trip to Hiroshima this month is a chance for him to see how the city suffered after its atomic bombing, and to renew his push for global nuclear disarmament, local officials said Wednesday.

No 'imminent' signs of N. Korea nuclear test: U.S. think tank

Seoul - Recent satellite images show no imminent signs of a fifth North Korean nuclear test, following the conclusion of a party congress that many thought Pyongyang would mark with an atomic detonation, a US think tank said Wednesday.

North Korea crowns Kim party chief as rare congress closes

Pyongyang - North Korea on Monday wrapped up its first ruling party congress for 36 years -- an event seen as a formal coronation for leader Kim Jong-Un, who was appointed to the post of party chairman.

North Korea party congress pushes nuclear weapons expansion

Pyongyang - North Korea's first ruling party congress for nearly 40 years formally endorsed leader Kim Jong-Un's policy of expanding the country's nuclear arsenal, as South Korea on Monday dismissed his proposals for military talks and improved ties.

North Korea completes work at missile sub shipyard: U.S. think tank

Seoul - Recent satellite images suggest North Korea has completed the external refurbishment of a shipyard dedicated to building and launching a new class of ballistic missile submarines, a US think tank said Wednesday.

Iran parliament urges ballistic missile improvements

Tehran - Iran's outgoing parliament approved a motion Sunday to increase the capabilities of the country's ballistic missiles, a military programme that has been ruled dangerous by the United Nations.

UN council discusses move to enforce North Korea sanctions

New York - UN Security Council diplomats were negotiating a draft statement on Friday that would push for tough sanctions on North Korea to be enforced worldwide after Pyongyang's latest test-firing of medium-range missiles.

Netherlands to hand out iodine pills in case of nuclear accident

Den Haag - The Dutch government has ordered 15 million iodine pills to protect people living near nuclear plants in case of an accident, officials said Friday, as concerns rise over ageing reactors across the border in Belgium.

UN Security Council readies North Korea missile test reply

New York - UN Security Council diplomats warned North Korea to expect a response after Pyongyang's repeated failed attempts to test-fire a powerful ballistic missile, the latest defiance of UN resolutions.

'All Belgians to get iodine pills' in case of nuclear accident

Brussels - Belgium is to provide iodine pills to its entire population of around 11 million people to protect against radioactivity in case of a nuclear accident, the health minister was quoted as saying Thursday.

Two North Korea missile tests fail: South

Seoul - North Korea on Thursday made two failed bids to test fire a powerful, new medium-range ballistic missile, in a thwarted display of military strength ahead of a landmark ruling party congress.

Iran's Khamenei says U.S. lifted sanctions only on paper

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader and president accused the United States of hostility and bad faith Wednesday, saying the implementation of its nuclear deal with world powers was not being honoured.

UN chief urges end to 'madness' of nuclear weapons testing

Vienna - UN chief Ban Ki-moon called Wednesday for the US, China and other nuclear-armed states to end the "madness" of atomic testing by finally ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which turns 20 this year.

N. Korea builds replica of South 'Blue House' for target practice

Seoul - North Korea is preparing to blow apart a replica of South Korea's presidential Blue House on an artillery range outside Pyongyang, in an apparent propaganda exercise, the South's military said Wednesday.

S. Korea's Park says North ready for nuclear test

Seoul - North Korea is ready to carry out a fifth nuclear test and could press the button at any time, South Korea's president said Tuesday, amid reports Pyongyang has readied a powerful, new mid-range missile for an imminent flight test.
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Shahram Amiri says that he was abducted and tortured by American intelligence.
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Protesters in Tokyo on Friday.
Protesters in Tokyo on Friday.
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200 000 people protested against Japan s nuclear restart in Tokyo.
200,000 people protested against Japan's nuclear restart in Tokyo.
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A Geiger counter.
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Another view of HMS Sceptre
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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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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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Fukushima explosions taken from the air
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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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The K-27 was a November Class submarine. The picture is of the K-159  also a November Class sub.
The K-27 was a November Class submarine. The picture is of the K-159, also a November Class sub.
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FREEDOM: Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian was reportedly freed from Iranian custody along...
FREEDOM: Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian was reportedly freed from Iranian custody along with four others on Sunday. Rezaian had been held on espionage charges since July 2014.
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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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NUCLEAR: World officials including John Kerry of the United States and Javad Zarif of Iran meet about Iran's nuclear program last month at the Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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England s Selafield nuclear plant.
England's Selafield nuclear plant.
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A power plant with the nuclear sign superimposed over top of it
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The G8 Youth Defence Committee in action.
The G8 Youth Defence Committee in action.
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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Nuclear symbol over Iran.
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