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

Swiss nuclear plant to shut down by 2022

The Swiss operator of one of Europe's oldest commercial nuclear reactors has announced plans to shut the plant by 2022.

Massive boilers stop traffic

A village came to a standstill today as the first of five massive boilers - each weighing more than 25 buses - trundled slowly through the streets to be shipped off for recycling.

Most Japanese favour phasing out nuclear power

The vast majority of Japanese favour the gradual phasing out of nuclear plants but accept that some reactors may need to be retained to secure enough power in the short term, according to a newspaper poll.

World powers demand access to Iran's nuclear site

Six world powers have urged Iran to answer questions about suspicions that it is working on nuclear weapons, but stressed that diplomacy was the way forward, in a carefully worded statement that reflected Western sensitivity to Russian and Chinese concerns about being too harsh on Tehran.

Iran 'hiding nuclear weapons work'

The head of the UN nuclear agency has "serious concerns" that Iran may be hiding secret atomic weapons work and admits he failed in his latest attempt to unearth them.

German energy giants set to push the button on Welsh reactor

An E.ON-RWE joint venture is poised to take a huge step towards building a nuclear power station in north Wales by choosing the reactor technology it will use for the project

Battle against emissions gives nuclear a new chance

Global sentiment bounced back after the Japanese meltdown and Britain is set to join the push. But a plan is needed if ambitions are to be realised

Disappointment as Tehran nuclear talks prove fruitless

UN experts have returned from Tehran empty-handed after two days of talks focused on Iran’s nuclear programme, narrowing the options for diplomacy amid fears of a military confrontation with Israel and the West.

UN nuclear agency reports failed Iran talks

The UN nuclear agency acknowledged renewed failure today after a trip to probe suspicions of covert Iranian nuclear weapons work, in a statement issued just hours after an Iranian general warned of a pre-emptive strike against any foe threatening the country.

Amec in buyback as profits soar

Amec has announced plans to buy back up to £400m of shares as the engineer to the oil, gas, minerals and metals industries reported a 12 per cent jump in profits for 2011.

UN team flies to inspect Iranian nuclear sites as tensions rise

Iran announces military exercise to protect atomic facilities ahead of Obama meeting with Israeli PM

Sparks fly as council squares up to EDF over N-power plan costs

A local council in Somerset is taking on the mighty EDF Energy in a row over the cost of a planning application for a £10bn nuclear power station.

The Government has confirmed a list of eight sites it believes are suitable for new power stations

Cameron hails new era of Franco-British military and nuclear co-operation

At a meeting in Paris yesterday, David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy agreed that Britain and France would strengthen their military and nuclear co-operation, create a joint command and control centre for armed operations, and speed the development of a new generation of battlefield drones.

Prime Minister David Cameron and French president Nicolas Sarkozy agreed to push ahead with the next phase of plans to build a new generation of pilotless

Cameron and Sarkozy agree military deal

David Cameron indicated today that he backed Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential re-election bid despite months of tense relations between the pair.

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