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UAE issues license for 1st Arab nuclear power plant

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:17 PM

The UAE has substantial energy reserves, but with a power-hungry population of 10 million it has made huge investments in developing alternative power sources including solar

FIRST IN THE ARAB WORLD. A handout picture obtained from the media office of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant on February 13, 2020, shows a view of the power plant in the Gharbiya region of Abu Dhabi on the Gulf coastline about 50 kilometers west of Ruwais. AFP PHOTO/Barakah Nuclear Power Plant

North Korea blasts Japan's Abe, warns of 'real ballistic missile'

Nov 30, 2019 - 11:55 PM

'Abe may see what a real ballistic missile is in the not distant future and under his nose... Abe is none other than a perfect imbecile,' says a foreign ministry official, as reported by North Korean news agency KCNA

WORD WAR. North Korea hits back at Japan for its criticisms against the solitary state's nuclear exercises. Kim file photo from KCNA via KNS/AFP; Abe file photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Indian nuclear power plant confirms North Korean malware on its network

Oct 31, 2019 - 8:23 PM

The malware, Dtrack, affects the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant's administrative network and not the internal network controlling the reactors

North Korean, U.S. officials at nuclear talks after latest missile test

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:03 PM

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Lindh says that dialogue is needed to reach 'denuclearization and peaceful solution'

NUCLEAR TALKS. Members of the North Korean delegation arrive to Arlanda airport north of Stockholm on October 3, 2019. AFP photo

MISLEADING: Bataan Nuclear Power Plant 'wasted by Cory Aquino'

Jul 13, 2019 - 10:27 AM

The Cory Aquino administration decided not to open the $2.3-billion project due to safety and corruption concerns. A court ruling in 2012 also ordered the project broker to return $50 million in ill-gotten wealth.

Nuclear fuel removed from crippled Japan plant

Apr 15, 2019 - 4:48 PM

The delicate operation represents the first time the Tokyo Electric Power Company has pulled out fuel from inside a highly contaminated building containing the melted-down reactor, and comes 4 years behind schedule

This handout from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) taken and released on August 22, 2017 shows workers pouring coolant to freeze the underground ice wall around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on August 22, 2017.  The Fukushima nuclear plant's operator on August 22 started freezing the last section of a $320 million ice wall designed to cut down on vast amounts of contaminated water at the site of the worst atomic accident in a generation. / AFP PHOTO / TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY (TEPCO) / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

North Korea may be preparing a missile or space launch – NPR

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:19 PM

The photos by the firm DigitalGlobe show the presence of cars and trucks at the site on February 22

SOHAE. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 19, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) inspecting the ground jet test of a newly developed high-thrust engine at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground in North Korea. AFP File photo/KCNA VIA KNS

Iran in 'successful test' of new cruise missile on revolution anniversary

Feb 02, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Tehran insists its missile development programs is 'purely defensive' and compliant with the UN Security Council resolution

TEST. An image grab taken from a broadcast by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on February 2, 2019, reportedly shows the testing of a new cruise missile with a range of more than 1,350 kilometers (840 miles) state television reported. Photo by IRIB TV / AFP

China opposes U.S. withdrawal from nuclear missile treaty

Feb 02, 2019 - 8:20 PM

'China is opposed to the US withdrawal [from the nuclear missile treaty] and urges the US and Russia to properly resolve differences through constructive dialogue," says Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang

NUCLEAR TREATY. n this file photo, China's President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. File photo Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Putin says Russia suspending missile treaty after U.S. move

Feb 02, 2019 - 6:54 PM

'Our American partners have announced they are suspending their participation in the deal, and we are also suspending our participation,' says Russia President Vladimir Putin of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

SUSPEND. President Vladimir Putin in a televised meeting with foreign and defence ministers Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu says Russia would no longer initiate talks with the US on disarmament. AFP photo

U.S. curbs China nuclear exports as Trump warns Americans not 'stupid'

Oct 12, 2018 - 2:16 PM

The US Energy Department says it will make it more difficult to ship nuclear technology to China, one of the few growing markets for new plants

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump makes a statement at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 28, 2017. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

North Korea's nuclear declaration: What it does and does not mean

Apr 21, 2018 - 4:14 PM

Here are some questions and answers on the latest developments on North Korea's nuclear declaration

MISSILE. This screen grab taken from North Korean broadcaster KCTV on March 7, 2017 shows ballistic missiles being launced during a military drill from an undisclosed location in North Korea. File photo by KCTV/AFP

Iran rejects any change to nuclear deal

Mar 17, 2018 - 11:20 PM

'We will not accept any changes, any interpretation or new measure aimed at limiting,' says Iran security council secretary Ali Shamkhani

IRAN. The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Taiwanese protesters rally for 'nuclear-free homeland'

Mar 11, 2018 - 6:12 PM

'The government should move forward, not backwards and restarting the reactor would be a regression,' says lawmaker Huang Kuo-chang, head of the opposition New Power Party

NO NUKES. Activists march during an annual protest against the use of nuclear energy in Taipei on March 11, 2018. Hundreds of Taiwanese people took to the streets in Taipei on March 11 to demand the government keep its pledge to abolish the use of nuclear nuclear energy by 2025. Photo by Pichi Chuang/AFP

Tillerson defends foreign policy record at year's end

Dec 28, 2017 - 1:05 PM

In an opinion piece in the New York Times, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says progress has been made to counter North Korea's nuclear ambitions

MR. SECRETARY. This file photo taken on June 02, 2015, shows Exxon Mobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson addressing the World Gas Conference in Paris. File Photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

North Korea holds mass celebrations for latest missile test

Dec 02, 2017 - 1:59 PM

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un declares the country has achieved 'full nuclear statehood'

CELEBRATION. This photo taken on November 29, 2017 and released on November 30, 2017 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows people in Pyongyang celebrating the test of a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Photo by KCNA via KNS /AFP

Fuel removal device installed at meltdown-hit Fukushima reactor

Nov 13, 2017 - 1:57 PM

The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), says it started putting a crane on the roof of unit No. 3 on Sunday to extract a total of 566 rods from its fuel pool

FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI. Storage tanks for contaminated water are seen through a window of a building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan, on February 23, 2017. File photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/AFP

U.S. formally requests UN vote Monday on North Korea

Sep 09, 2017 - 2:47 PM

Washington has presented a draft UN resolution calling for an oil embargo on North Korea an assets freeze on Kim Jong Un a ban on textiles and an end to payments of North Korean guest workers

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Jul 07, 2017 - 1:47 PM

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Swiss vote for gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover

May 21, 2017 - 11:10 PM

Switzerland will increase reliance on hydraulic power as well as renewables like solar wind geothermal and biomass

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 11, 2016 shows The Goesgen Nuclear Power Plant near Daeniken, Northern Switzerland.  ?Switzerland on May 21, 2017, votes on whether to overhaul its national energy policy, with proposals on phasing out nuclear energy and boosting reliance on renewables, in the latest referendum in the country's direct democracy system. / AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

Japan court rules government liable for Fukushima disaster

Mar 17, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Numerous lawsuits have been filed in relation to various aspects of the disaster but Friday s ruling marks the first verdict in a group lawsuit by evacuees seeking compensation from both the government and TEPCO over the catastrophe

REMEMBERING FUKUSHIMA. People offer flowers at the monument of the victim of the 2011 quake-tsunami disaster during a memorial service in Namie, a no entry zone in Fukushima prefecture on March 11, 2017. Photo by kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'

Feb 09, 2017 - 8:33 PM

Senior local official Jacques Witkowski says a ventilator had exploded outside the nuclear zone at the plant Five people suffer smoke inhalation but there were no serious injuries

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 16, 2016 shows the reactor Flamanville 3 in the construction site of the third-generation European Pressurised Water nuclear reactor (EPR) in Flamanville, northwestern France.   An explosion at a nuclear power station in northern France on February 9, 2017 caused minor injuries but happened outside the plant's nuclear zone and posed no risk of contamination, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU

Swiss reject speedy nuclear phaseout

Nov 27, 2016 - 11:30 PM

Voters in Switzerland thumb down a plan to close 3 of the country s 5 nuclear reactors next year

Two cars from the Swiss power production and distribution company BKW block access to the road leading to the Muhleberg nuclear power plant to prevent demonstrations near the Swiss capital Bern on November 27, 2016.  Switzerland is due to vote on whether to speed up the process of phasing out the country's nuclear power plants, in a move that would shutter three of its five reactors next year. / AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

Vietnam scraps huge nuclear power plant projects

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:20 AM

The project was suspended not due to technological reasons but the country s current economic situation the government says on its website

Recto: Don't use Malampaya funds for Bataan nuke plant revival

Nov 22, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto says the funds can instead be used for an independent scientific study on the economic and technical feasibility of completing the plant

REVIVAL. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte approves reopening the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. File photo by Rappler

Consult scientists on Bataan Nuclear Power Plant – Recto

Nov 12, 2016 - 4:20 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto makes the suggestion following reports that President Rodrigo Duterte allowed the rehabilitation of the BNPP

NUCLEAR PLANT. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is mulling reopening the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. File photo by Rappler

Vietnam to scrap planned nuclear plants – state media

Nov 11, 2016 - 3:17 PM

The planned nuclear facilities in Vietnam would have been the first nuclear plants in Southeast Asia

BNPP: Not about nuclear; it’s about trust and accountability

Sep 21, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The discussion on the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant should not be equated with the discussion of nuclear power feasibility

REOPENING? The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is mulling reopening the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. File photo by Rappler

DOE: Nat'l consensus needed to reopen Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

Sep 05, 2016 - 10:12 PM

DOE Undersecretary Donato Marcos says Secretary Alfonso Cusi has not issued a direct order to revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

REOPENING? The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is mulling reopening the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. File photo by Rappler

Philippines eyes reviving mothballed nuclear plant

Aug 31, 2016 - 8:28 PM

Spokesman Ernesto Abella: Officials are considering all options for sustainable and affordable energy and reviving the Bataan Nuclear Plant is being considered

BATAAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT. This photo taken on May 18, 2011, shows the main control room of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, in Bataan. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

China 'may build nuclear plants' in South China Sea

Jul 15, 2016 - 1:45 PM

Marine nuclear power platform construction will be used to support China s effective control in the South China Sea state run Global Times cites the China National Nuclear Corporation as saying

MISCHIEF REEF. An aerial photo taken though a glass window inside a military plane of the alleged on-going reclamation by China into Mischief reef in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. File Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

France's energy giant to decide on UK nuclear project in September

Apr 24, 2016 - 11:21 AM

Questions are raised about the financial viability of the project as France s energy giant is struggling with a debt pile of more than 37 billion euros 42 billion

NUCLEAR REACTORS. French President Francois Hollande confirms France's engagement in the construction of two nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point in Britain in September

Japan's only working nuclear reactors can stay online

Apr 06, 2016 - 6:45 PM

A court rules that the No 1 and No 2 reactors at the Sendai power plant should be allowed to stay online

epa04412863 Protesters take part in an anti-nuclear power demonstration in Tokyo, Japan, 23 September 2014. Two reactors at the Sendai power plant, operated by Kyushu Electric, in Japan, passed new safety standards on 10 September, for the first time since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima three and a half years ago. The move brings Japan closer to restarting domestic nuclear power generation after the government shut down all of its nuclear plants in the wake of the reactor meltdown at Fukushima, which followed an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. EPA/KIYOSHI OTA

Japan, US, France to team up on Fukushima cleanup – official

Mar 14, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Experts from the 3 countries will work to develop technologies for the major cleanup which could take up to 4 decades

epa05152387 Members of the media, wearing protective suits and masks, walk after they receive briefing from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) employees (in blue) in front of storage tanks for radioactive water at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, 10 February 2016. A group of foreign media visited to the plant, just a month before the fifth anniversary of the nuclear accident. The 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck 11 March 2011 and triggered a tsunami claimed the lives of an estimated 15,000 people, and led to a nuclear accident on a level that had not been seen since Chernobyl in 1986. EPA/TORU HANAI / POOL

Bataan Nuclear Power Plant impossible to revive – Marcos Jr

Mar 02, 2016 - 6:02 PM

The vice presidential candidate however says that setting up a nuclear power plant in the Philippines is still a viable and practical

Former TEPCO bosses indicted over Fukushima disaster

Feb 29, 2016 - 7:15 PM

If convicted they face up to 5 years in prison or a penalty of up to one million yen 8 850

epa05168008 (FILE) A file picture dated 12 March 2011 shows an overview of the Fukushima I nuclear plant in Japan, shortly before an explosion happened. The fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake will be marked on 11 March 2016. The 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck 11 March 2011 and triggered a tsunami claimed the lives of an estimated 15,000 people, and led to a nuclear accident on a level that had not been seen since Chernobyl in 1986. Japan had not seen such death and destruction since the two atomic bombings of World War II. EPA/STRINGER JAPAN OUT

Japan turns on third nuclear reactor since post-Fukushima ban

Jan 29, 2016 - 6:30 PM

The government and utility firms have been pushing to get reactors back in operation nearly 5 years after the disastrous meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File

Why revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant?

Jan 10, 2016 - 10:57 AM

Pro nuclear energy advocates say reviving the mothballed plant is a cheaper alternative

The facade of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in Morong. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

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Jan 08, 2016 - 5:56 PM

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First Fukushima worker diagnosed with radiation-linked cancer – Japan official

Oct 20, 2015 - 3:10 PM

2nd UPDATE An official with the health ministry says the ex employee who is in his thirties developed leukemia after working at the plant following the 2011 crisis

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File

Japan ends nuclear shutdown 4 years after Fukushima

Aug 11, 2015 - 10:30 AM

The restart comes more than 4 years after a quake generated tsunami triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima plant

RESTARTED. An undated picture provided by Kyushu Electric Power Company on August 10, 2015 shows the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, south-western Japan. Kyushu Electric Power Company/Handout/EPA

Energy chief Petilla confirms resignation

Apr 29, 2015 - 8:33 AM

UPDATED Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla says no one pressured him to resign Petilla will not leave the agency until his suitable replacement is found

Regulatory body pushed to study Bataan Nuclear Power Plant revival

Apr 20, 2015 - 4:10 PM

The body will also address the safety concerns raised by various sectors against reviving the power facility the energy chief says

Russia to help build Egypt's first nuclear plant – Sisi

Feb 10, 2015 - 10:49 PM

At a joint press conference with Putin Sisi says the nuclear power plant would be built in Dabaa in northwest Egypt on the Mediterranean coast

NUCLEAR POWER. Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) shake hands during their meeting in Cairo, Egypt, 10 February 2015. Mikhail Klimentyev/EPA/Ria Novosti/Kremlin

Frenzied diplomacy in Iran talks endgame

Nov 22, 2014 - 12:03 AM

US China Russia Britain France and Germany have been negotiating with Iran intensively since February to turn an interim nuclear deal reached in 2013 into a lasting agreement

Radiation fears still haunt Fukushima

Sep 27, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Three years after the devastating quake and tsunami and the ensuing nuclear disaster residents of Fukushima are still worried about the effects of radiation

THE WORK CONTINUES. Local residents work to decontaminate the rice fields in the Odaka district of Minamisoma city, 20 kilometers from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, in Fukushima prefecture, Japan, 24 February 2014. Everett Kennedy Brown/EPA

Russia does not want 'closed economy': PM

Sep 19, 2014 - 9:08 PM

Russian PM warns Western efforts to isolate or ignore such a powerful nation were impossible

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the Russian State Duma, Lower Parliament Chamber. Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Australia, India sign long-awaited civil nuclear deal

Sep 06, 2014 - 8:10 AM

India is struggling to produce enough power to meet rising energy demand as its economy and large middle class expand

HISTORIC DEAL. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L), with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi (R) during a meeting in New Delhi, September 5, 2014. The two counties signed a deal to supply India with uranium for civilian energy purposes. Photo by EPA

Fukushima operator ordered to compensate for suicide

Aug 26, 2014 - 2:47 PM

It was the first time that the operator of the stricken plant Tokyo Electric Power Co TEPCO has been ordered to pay compensation for a suicide linked to the 2011 nuclear disaster

A file picture dated 06 April 2011 of a police officer walking out of the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Franck Robichon/EPA

Japanese get anti-radiation pills ahead of nuclear restart

Jul 28, 2014 - 4:01 PM

The move to distribute the pills started Sunday July 27 for those living within a five kilometer three mile radius of the Sendai nuclear plant

This picture taken on April 28, 2014 shows the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima prefecture. Jiji Press/AFP