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Iran accuses Israel of causing nuclear site blackout

Iran accuses Israel of causing nuclear site blackout

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April 12 (UPI) -- Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Monday accused Israel of being responsible for causing the blackout a day earlier at the Natanz nuclear facility in central Iran, vowing Tehran will take retaliatory measures, according to state-run media. Zarif made the comments before lawmakers during a national security and foreign policy commission, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported. Advertisement On Sunday, Iranian officials said an electrical circuit issue had caused a power outage at the Natanz site, with Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, describing the incident as an act of "nuclear terrorism." No casualties or contamination were reported, officials said. Zarif told the lawmakers that Iran's response will be to further advance its nuclear ...
Iran nuclear: ‘Terrorist act’ at underground Natanz facility

Iran nuclear: ‘Terrorist act’ at underground Natanz facility

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ReutersA nuclear facility in Iran was hit by a "terrorist act" a day after it unveiled new advanced uranium centrifuges, a top nuclear official says.He did not say who was to blame but urged the international community to deal with nuclear terrorism.Israeli media suggest the incident was a result of an Israeli cyber attack.Last year, a fire broke out at the Natanz underground facility, which the authorities alleged was the result of cyber sabotage.The latest incident comes as diplomatic efforts to revive a 2015 nuclear deal - abandoned by the US under the Trump administration in 2018 - have resumed. On Saturday, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated new centrifuges at the Natanz site, which is key to the country's uranium enrichment programme, in a ceremony broadcast live on televisi...
More than 80 dead after rifle grenades land on Myanmar protesters

More than 80 dead after rifle grenades land on Myanmar protesters

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More than 80 people have been killed by rifle grenades in yet more violent clashes between the military and protesters in Myanmar.Bodies were piled up in a pagoda in the town of Bago after Myanmar security forces opened fire on a protest against the 1 February military coup in the country. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) monitoring group said it believed there were 82 dead. Image: Heavy clashes erupted during demonstrations in Yangon. Pic: AP Protest organiser Ye Htut told news outlet Myanmar Now: "It is like genocide."They are shooting at every shadow." ...
Saint Vincent volcano: Island awakes to ash and sulphur smell

Saint Vincent volcano: Island awakes to ash and sulphur smell

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Inhabitants of the Caribbean island of St Vincent have woken up to "extremely heavy ash fall and sulphur smells" after Friday's eruption of the La Soufrière volcano.Emergency management officials said the volcano's emissions had advanced to the country's capital Kingstown.Witnesses said the volcano was still rumbling and emitting dark clouds of ash thousands of metres into the air.La Soufrière, dormant for decades, started to become active in December.Thousands of people have been forced out of their homes, and on Thursday Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves urged more than 16,000 residents in "red zones" to evacuate.Ash fall has been recorded as far from the volcano as Argyle International Airport some 20 km (12 miles) away, St Vincent's National Emergency Management Organisation (Nemo SVG) sa
Prince Philip: World leaders and royals send heartfelt sympathy

Prince Philip: World leaders and royals send heartfelt sympathy

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Monarchs, heads of state and prime ministers across the world, past and present, have sent heartfelt tributes following the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the age of 99.Spain's king and queen telegrammed "Dear Aunt Lilibet" to mourn the passing of "Dear Uncle Philip".Along with tributes from Europe's royal households, many Commonwealth nations praised his exceptional public service.They paid tribute to a life of duty, purpose and devotion to the Queen."He was a heck of a guy... 99 years old, he never slowed down at all," said US President Joe Biden. All living former US presidents also sent tributes.PA MediaThe duke, whose death was announced by Buckingham Palace on Friday, accompanied the Queen during hundreds of overseas visits.'Cherish the memories'Prince Philip had blood...