News Deputy to EU foreign policy chief Helga Schmid arriving at the Intercontinetal Hotel in Geneva. Iran and world powers were set for new talks in Geneva on how to implement a landmark deal aimed at containing Tehran's nuclear drive

But US says discussions are not over yet

PSY, right, performs at South Korean president inauguration ceremony of new President Park Geun-hye, left

Inauguration style: Psy – and warning from the North – greet Park Geun-hye as South Korea’s first female President

Park Geun-hye took office as South Korea’s first female President today, returning to the presidential mansion she had known as the daughter of a dictator.

Electric pylons linking the Hinkley Point nuclear power station to the National Grid

The triple whammy for nuclear power: Centrica, Cumbria, clean-up costs

Centrica pulling out of a vital new plant and blows on the cost and location of radioactive waste have darkened the industry's prospects, says Tom Bawden

Disposal of waste at Sellafield costs £3bn a year

Law could force nuclear waste on Cumbria

Despite the county council voting against a storage site, the Government may have the power to impose a facility on the region

The cost of Hinkley Point (pictured in 2011), which Edf put at £9bn in December 2010, is now reported to be £14bn

Taxpayer billions could be secretly funnelled to Edf to underwrite cost of proposed power station at Hinkley Point

Billions of pounds of taxpayers money could be secretly funnelled to the French state nuclear company Edf to underwrite the cost of its proposed new power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset, it emerged today.

Fish caught close to the Fukushima nuclear plant was 2,500 times over the legal safe radiation limit

The murasoi fish, which is comparable to a rockfish, was found in the area surrounding the now-closed power plant

A not-so-new dawn for the Japanese

Shinzo Abe has promised to restore his country's fortunes. By David McNeill in Tokyo
Newly elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised to restore his country’s fortunes via a huge spending drive and a more aggressive foreign policy

Can Japan's new leader make the nation rise again?

Newly elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised to restore his country's fortunes via a huge spending drive and a more aggressive foreign policy. So could he succeed? David McNeill reports

The LDP leader, Shinzo Abe, right, with the party’s secretary general Shigeru Ishiba

Asian neighbours nervous after election comeback for Japanese 'warmonger'

LDP leader Shinzo Abe vows to challenge the pacifist constitution and spend on defence

Care of Japan's nuclear victims 'poor', says UN

A United Nations rights investigator said yesterday that Japan has not done enough to protect the health of residents and workers affected by the Fukushima nuclear accident.

EDF wins site licence to build first new nuclear power station in 25 years

The first new site licence for a UK nuclear power station for 25 years has been granted for EDF's planned Hinkley Point plant.

Iranian nuclear programme makes progress

Iran has reached another milestone in its nuclear program, UN inspectors reported Friday, saying the country has completed work on an underground factory for making enriched uranium. Western officials fear that the heavily fortified facility could someday be used to make a nuclear bomb.

Environmental campaigners celebrate after Mendips are spared new line of electricity pylons

Environmental campaigners were celebrating today after it was announced that the Mendip Hills have been spared from a massive line of electricity pylons.

Iran developing nuclear weapons could trigger an arms race across the Middle East, warns David Cameron

Allowing Iran to develop nuclear weapons would be a “desperately bad development for the world”, David Cameron said today as he held talks in the United Arab Emirates on future defence co-operation.

The sun is setting on the old energy debate. What will the new dawn look like?

Three key trade associations are pooling their lobbying resources. They risk loosing supporters, but is this the future of the environmental debate?

Hurricane Sandy: Extra inspectors dispatched to nuclear reactors

Extra federal inspectors were dispatched to US nuclear-power plants in the path of Hurricane Sandy as operators and officials reassured the public that they are prepared for high winds and flooding associated with the storm.

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