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

Why the Fukushima disaster is worse than Chernobyl

Japan has been slow to admit the scale of the meltdown. But now the truth is coming out. David McNeill reports from Soma City

Japan faces more confusion amid leadership vote

The five candidates vying to become Japan's next prime minister promised to resolve the country's nuclear crisis and revive its battered economy, amid widespread public cynicism about a revolving door of leaders.

Japan's would-be prime ministers jockey for position as Kan resigns

It is fitting perhaps that the resignation of Japan's prime minister was greeted by Tokyo's worst downpour of the year. Like a steamy tropical storm, the pressure in Japan's capital has been building all summer.

Greenpeace legal bid over Fukushima disaster

Greenpeace served legal papers today accusing the Government of failing to take into account the implications of Japan's Fukushima disaster in future planning for the building of new nuclear power stations in the UK.

Japanese PM Kan stepping down

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced on Friday he would resign after almost 15 months in office amid plunging approval ratings over his government's handling of the tsunami disaster and nuclear crisis.

Kan's resignation to bring Japan its sixth PM in five years

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan has told his cabinet he will step down and dissolve his government next week, signalling another turn of the country's political merry-go-round. Analysts say Japan will have a new leader by next Tuesday.

Biden gets to grips with Mongolian diplomacy

The US Vice-President Joe Biden pretends to get to grips with a Mongolian wrestler during a display in his honour in Ulan Bator.

The explosive truth behind Fukushima's meltdown

Japan insists its nuclear crisis was caused by an unforeseeable combination of tsunami and earthquake. But new evidence suggests its reactors were doomed to fail

Tepco hit by £4.6bn quarterly loss

Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), the operator of Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, made a 571.8bn yen (£4.6bn) loss between April and June, as it put money aside to compensate the victims of the disaster at the plant.

Hiroshima Day brings nuclear fuel pledge

Paper lanterns float on the Motoyasu River near Hiroshima's Atomic Bomb Dome yesterday, the 66th anniversary of the nuclear bomb that killed some 140,000 people in the city in 1945.

Hutton fears nuclear industry has lost confidence of the public

Britain's nuclear operators face the gravest challenge for years to persuade the public that new power plants will be safe in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the new head of the industry admitted yesterday.

Japan to sack top officials over nuclear disaster

Japan may replace three senior bureaucrats in charge of nuclear power policy, the minister overseeing energy policy said today, five months after the world's worst atomic crisis in 25 years erupted at Fukushima.

Closure of Mox plant leaves nuclear waste headache for Cumbria

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) said potential delays in Japanese orders for Mox fuel following the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March, which caused a major crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant, meant that the Sellafield Mox Plant must now close with the loss of about 800 jobs.

Sellafield's MOX fuel plant to shut

The UK's only plant for processing plutonium into new fuel for nuclear reactors is to close as a result of the Japanese tsunami, threatening the loss of hundreds of jobs, it was announced today.

A young man sacrificing his future to shut down Fukushima

David McNeill meets a nuclear worker who sees it as his duty to save the stricken plant – even if it means an early grave

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