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Report of aposextremely highapos radioactive pollution suggests nuclear cloud came from Russia

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

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Lebanon army chief warns of Israel threat amid political crisis

Lebanon army chief warns of Israel threat amid political crisisLebanon's army chief told his soldiers on Tuesday to be extra vigilant to prevent unrest during political turmoil after the prime minister quit, and accused Israel of "aggressive" intentions across the southern frontier. Troops should be ready to "thwart any attempt to exploit the current circumstances for stirring strife...and chaos," the army's Twitter account quoted General Joseph Aoun as saying. "The exceptional political situation that Lebanon is going through requires you to exercise the highest levels of awareness and vigilance," he said ahead of Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday.


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Five major submarine disasters

Five major submarine disastersWith an Argentine submarine missing for five days with 44 people aboard, we recall five of the most deadly submarine disasters over the past few decades. In August 2000, Russia's northern fleet nuclear submarine Kursk catches fire and explodes underwater while conducting war games. Seventy Chinese naval officers and crew are killed, apparently suffocated, in an accident on a Ming-class submarine conducting exercises east of the Neichangshan islands in May 2003.


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