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Report of 'extremely high' radioactive pollution suggests nuclear cloud came from Russia

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Russia's meteorological service has reported “extremely high pollution” of a radioactive isotope in the Urals near a facility that previously suffered the third worst nuclear catastrophe in history. The news bolsters international reports that a ruthenium-106 leak originating in the Urals sent a radioactive cloud over Europe.  Greenpeace Russia has said it will ask the prosecutor general to investigate the possible cover-up of a nuclear accident. Rosatom, Russia's state nuclear company, said in a statement to The Telegraph on Tuesday there had been "no unreported accidents" and the ruthenium-106 emission was "not linked to any Rosatom site". Its Mayak facility, where an explosion in 1957 contaminated a swath of central Russia, told state news agency RIA Novosti that it had not processed nuclear fuel with ruthenium-106 this year.  The isotope, which doesn't occur naturally, was detected in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland in late September. France's nuclear safety institute said the “major” radiation leak likely occurred between the Urals and the Volga river.  Graphic: Path of the cloud Rosatom said in October the “account of a supposed Russian origin of the pollution is baseless”. But a report by the Rosgidromet service on Monday revealed that the concentration of ruthenium-106 in Argayash, a village near Mayak, exceeded natural background pollution by 986 times at the end of September. The head of the service said excessive ruthenium-106 levels had also been documented in Poland, Bulgaria and Ukraine. Responding to accusations that local authorities had covered up the leak, Yevgeny Savchenko, the Chelyabinsk region public safety minister, said on Monday “fluctuations in background radiation” had not reached dangerous levels and thus “there was no basis for protective measures”.  He also claimed it was suspicious that the leak was reported in France, “where there is a nuclear waste processing facility that competes with our Mayak”. The independent news outlet Znak quoted a source at Mayak as saying the ruthenium-106 could have come from nuclear waste brought there for reprocessing.  Vladimir Putin holds a meeting on the development of the electric power industry in November with representatives of Rosatom and other state companies. Credit: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images  

Lebanon's Hariri meets Sisi in Egypt ahead of return home

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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri briefly stopped Tuesday in Egypt for talks on his way back from France to his country, which is reeling from his surprise resignation amid an escalating regional crisis. Hariri's media office said he met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has sought to defuse the tensions between Hariri's sponsors in Saudi Arabia and the powerful Lebanese Hezbollah and its Iranian patrons. Hariri's visit to Cairo follows two weeks of deep uncertainty after he announced his resignation on November 4 in a speech from Saudi Arabia.

Commission warns Italy over high debt level

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The Italian government must demonstrate it is making an effort, or the EU will consider launching a procedure. France and Romania are also under scrutiny.

From: euobserver.com

French far-right chief says party’s bank shuts down accounts

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PARIS (AP) — Marine Le Pen, head of France’s far-right National Front, says that the party’s long-time bank, Societe Generale, has closed its accounts in what she says amounts to a “banking fatwa” to suffocate it. Le Pen claimed at a news conference Wednesday that the move is purely political and endangers the democratic process. [...]

From: www.seattletimes.com

French far-right chief says party's bank shuts down accounts

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Marine Le Pen, head of France's far-right National Front, says that the party's long-time bank, Societe Generale, has closed its accounts in what she says amounts to a "banking fatwa" to suffocate it.

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Sorry London! Macron gloats after Paris wins battle for London-based banking agency

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EMMANUEL Macron hailed the decision to relocate the European Banking Authority from London to Paris following Britain’s exit from the bloc, saying that it was recognition of France’s attractiveness and pro-Europe initiatives.

Tags: EU, London, France, Mac
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Poll: Half of Americans think Sen. Franken should step down

Added: 22.11.2017 9:40 | 0 views | 0 comments

Half think Franken should resign.

Tags: France
From: rssfeeds.usatoday.com

France’s Emmanuel Macron uses German crisis to call for DEEPER EU integration

Added: 22.11.2017 8:03 | 0 views | 0 comments

FRENCH president Emmanuel Macron said embattled German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s failure to form a coalition has reinforced the need for an “ambitious” European project and greater EU cooperation.

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European court hears appeal from Italy’s Berlusconi

Added: 22.11.2017 7:55 | 1 views | 0 comments

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi says he’s hopeful the European Court of Human Rights will agree that Italy violated his rights by barring him from public office — but says he’ll participate in Italy’s upcoming electoral campaign regardless. The Strasbourg, France-based court was holding a first appeal hearing Wednesday for the 81-year-old, three-time Italian [...]

Tags: EU, Italy, PC, France
From: www.seattletimes.com

Fiorentina in Luca Antonelli link

Added: 22.11.2017 6:00 | 0 views | 0 comments

AC Milan defender Luca Antonelli could be moving to Fiorentina during the January transfer market. Reports emerging from the news outlet Tuttosport claim that Viola are analysing their options after seeing Cristiano Biraghi and Maxi Oliveira fail to live up to expectations at Stadio Artemio Franchi. Fiorentina are said to have identified out-of-sorts AC Milan […]

From: www.soccernews.com

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