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UK PM gives green signal to Hinkley Point nuclear power station

Updated: Sep 15, 2016 15:53 IST      
UK PM gives green signal to Hinkley Point nuclear power station

London [UK], Sept. 15 (ANI): United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May has given a green signal to the Hinkley nuclear power project, but with new security conditions on the £18 billion deal.

The decision will be officially announced in the Commons on Thursday after May unexpectedly placed the project under review, causing tensions with China.

Under the deal, the French state company, EDF will build the major plant with £6bn investment from China, without any changes to the original price tag, reports the Guardian.

Despite concerns that the rate is far higher than the market rate, the government is keeping a guaranteed price of £92.50 to EDF for every megawatt hour of electricity generated.

Reports suggest that Greg Clark, the business secretary, is introducing some new security restrictions which also includes a ban on EDF being able to sell its interest without the approval of the UK government.

The move is said to be new national security test for all foreign investment in critical infrastructure, which could hamper Beijing's goal of developing its own plant at Bradwell in Essex and making a more active investment in Sizewell B in Suffolk.

So far, Beijing has not confirmed that it wants to proceed with the investment in Hinkley.

The Chinese officials had earlier in a series of veiled warnings said that a decision by Britain to halt their investment in UK nuclear would be seen as a snub.

This would also put at risk a supposed golden era of relations between the two countries.

With May's go ahead of the project means Hinkley will be the first new nuclear reactor built in Britain in two decades. (ANI)

Rocket fired from Gaza towards Israel explodes mid-air

Updated: Jul 23, 2017 17:44 IST     

Jerusaleum [Israel], July 23 (ANI): A rocket fired from the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday was exploded mid-air by the Israeli Army.

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Russia delivers Mi-171E helicopter to Balochistan province

Updated: Jul 23, 2017 16:20 IST     

Lahore [Pakistan], July 23 (ANI): Russia has delivered Mi-171E non defence helicopter in a convertible option to the representatives of Pakistan's Balochistan province.

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RJP-N to hold its first meeting on August 5

Updated: Jul 23, 2017 16:19 IST     

Kathmandu [Nepal], July 23 (ANI): Rashtriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) has decided to organise its first central committee meeting on August 5 in Kathmandu.

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Kabul [Afghanistan], July 23 (ANI): The Taliban fighters have executed seven civilians after abducting at least seventy people in the southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan over the alleged cooperation with the government and the security forces.

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Faryab [Afghanistan], July 23 (ANI): At least two policemen were killed after Taliban fighters overran a district headquarters in Afghanistan's Faryab province on Sunday, said an Afghan official.

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Moscow [Russia], July 23 (ANI): North Korea has warned South Korea for condemning their country's intercontinental ballistic missile test, saying that the latter would have to pay a harsh price for it.

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Moscow [Russia], July 23 (ANI): After Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced freezing of Palestine's contacts with Israel, the nation's campaign for Jerusalem has effectively begun.

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Trump declares he has 'complete power to pardon'

Updated: Jul 23, 2017 13:16 IST     

Washington D.C. [U.S.A], July 23 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump in a string of tweets asserted his presidential pardoning powers, after The Washington Post reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke about Trump's presidential campaign in meetings with the Russian ambassador last year.

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Iraq Foreign Minister to arrive in India on Monday

Updated: Jul 23, 2017 13:16 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 23 (ANI): Iraq Foreign Minister Dr. Ibrahim al-Jaafari will embark on a five day visit to India beginning July 24, at the invitation of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

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Pakistan: IED blast kills Khasadar personnel near Peshawar

Updated: Jul 23, 2017 12:58 IST     

Peshawar [Pakistan], July 23 (ANI): An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off in Khyber Agency's Sheen Drang area, killing one Khasadar personnel on Sunday, reports the Dawn.

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Iran announces missile production line 'Sayyad 3 missile'

Updated: Jul 23, 2017 12:07 IST     

Tehran (Iran), July 23 (ANI): Iran announced the launch of its new missile production line Sayyad 3 missile, in the backdrop of tension between the United States (U.S.) and Tehran.

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Syria has not used chemical weapons since April: Pentagon

Updated: Jul 23, 2017 11:04 IST     

Moscow [Russia], July 23 (ANI): Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford, on Sunday, said the Syrian Government forces have not used chemical weapons since April.

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Toronto [Canada], July. 23 (ANI): Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the 10th anniversary of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto on Sunday, and hailed the temple as an architectural masterpiece and a place for communal harmony.

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London [UK], July. 23 (ANI): Amid a potential "narcotics emergency" being faced by Indonesia, President Joko Widodo, has ordered law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers.

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Lahore [Pakistan], July 22 (ANI): Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Saturday said that the talk of appointing a new Prime Minister is just a speculation.

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New York [U.S.A.], July 22 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump, in a series of tweets, has criticised fake news, Hillary Clinton and complained about the special counsel investigating into possible ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia, while asserting that he, as the President, has "complete power to pardon."

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Egypt sentences 28 to death over prosecutor's killing

Updated: Jul 22, 2017 21:20 IST     

Cairo [Egypt], July 22 (ANI): A Cairo criminal court on Saturday confirmed death sentences against 28 people over the killing of Egypt's public prosecutor in 2015 and handed jail term to 15 others of 25 years each.

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U.S. created ISIS, 'Mosul' goes to Iraqi forces: VP Maliki

Updated: Jul 22, 2017 19:50 IST     

Baghdad [Iraq], July 22 (ANI): Iraq's Vice President Nouri al-Maliki said that recapture of Mosul is an achievement of the Iraqi army and not of the United States as America has contributed to the emergence of ISIS in the country.

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Kabul [Afghanistan], July 22 (ANI): The Afghan government officials has dismissed the claims by the Taliban that the elder son of group's chief Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada has died while carrying out a suicide attack in Greshk district of Helmand province.

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Kabul [Afghanistan], July 22 (ANI): Criticising the new political coalition, Afghanistan's second vice President Sarwar Danish on Saturday said that "holding early elections or coups are impossible in the current situation" as they are a violation of the law.

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