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Jimmy Choo steps up for £1bn float

Fukushima plant could remain a hazard for at least 30 years

The radiation at the Fukushima Daiichi plant broadly falls into two types of potentially harmful emissions. The first is the weakly penetrating beta-radiation from radionuclides such as iodine-131 and strontium-90, which pose a health risk if they come into contact with the skin or get ingested or inhaled into the body.

Syria civil war: Russia demands United Nations report on risk of nuclear ‘catastrophe’

Letter to international atomic watchdog warns of fallout if missiles hit Damascus reactor, amid fears nuclear materials could fall into the hands of terrorists

Japanese people form the words ‘Thank You’ in a Tokyo square as part of celebrations

Japan celebrates 2020 Olympics bid win – but is it safe and ready?

Tokyo celebrates victory after PM reassures IOC that radiation from nuclear plants is no longer a threat

Residents of Olympic bid city Tokyo celebrate after the announcement of the 2020 Summer Olympic

'The safe Games': Judges convinced over Fukishima fallout fears as Tokyo wins the race to host 2020 Olympics

'The situation is under control,' says PM as Japanese bid defeats rival applications from Istanbul and Madrid

Scientists set to demolish Sellafield chimney on site of Britain’s worst nuclear accident

Demolition has begun on the site of Britain’s worst nuclear accident, as scientists are brought in to dismantle the infamous Sellafield chimney.

A police officer mans the perimeter around Fukushima's nuclear facility

Radiation levels at Fukushima '18 times higher than previously thought'

Radiation levels at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant are 18 times higher than previously thought, according to officials.

More coal power sends EDF into reverse on CO2

EDF Energy admitted last night that its power stations were pumping out more carbon dioxide than in previous years as it cranked up output from its coal-fired generators.

Mohammad Javad Zarif has been accused of being 'pro-West'

New foreign minister signals potential for Iran to improve relations with the West

Appointment is viewed as a key opportunity to build bridges with Obama administration

Sanctions bite but won’t derail Iran's nuclear ambition

New signs are emerging that international sanctions are taking a deepening toll on Iran’s economy – putting billions of dollars in oil money out of the government’s reach.

The decision to raise threat level at nuclear plant is seen as another sign that engineers are losing control over the leaks

Radiation crisis at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant deepens as threat level raised to 'serious'

Decision seen as another sign that engineers are losing control over the leaks

An estimated 300 tonnes of radioactive water is believed to have leaked from a tank at the crippled nuclear plant, the operator said

Nuclear crisis: Fukushima threat level raised to 'serious' as plant leaks 300 tonnes of radioactive water from storage tank

Masked workers found puddles with radiation readings of 100 millisieverts an hour – enough to induce radiation sickness in less than 12 hours

President Park Geun-hye calls for war-torn families in North and South Korea to reunite

The South Korean president has put forward proposals that the North and South hold a reunion next month for families still separated 60 years after the Korean War.

Barack Obama (right) and Vladimir Putin (left) at the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico

A US-Russia freeze isn't in the interests of Putin - or the West

Despite continuous disagreements, the relationship is beneficial both ways

Balfour sells facilities arm to the French

The French will now be in charge of running facilities at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London and hundreds of UK schools and hospitals after Balfour Beatty sold its UK facilities management business to GDF Suez for £190m.

Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue

Nagasaki Mayor attacks Abe for ‘betraying’ world over nuclear weapons

The Mayor of Nagasaki launched a blistering attack on Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, accusing him of not doing enough to abolish nuclear weapons as the country marked the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of his city.

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?