Bits From Abroad (January 2011)

January 2011

Chernobyl is being opened as a tourist attraction.

A study has concluded that the massive increase in birth defects in the Iraqi city of Falluja could be due to the weapons used by the US when it attacked the city six years ago.

The Canadian House of Commons has given unanimous consent to a motion calling on the Government of Canada to engage in negotiations for a nuclear weapons convention as proposed by the UN Secretary-General.

In response to anti-nuclear campaigners, Germany has halted a plan to transport highly radioactive reactor fuel rods to Russia for reprocessing and storage.

North Korea has agreed to permit the return of UN nuclear inspectors.

Serco, part of the consortium that runs the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston and Burghfield, has been awarded the contract to run a prison in New Zealand.

The Australian Prime Minister, on a visit to Israel, told his hosts that they should allow inspections of its nuclear sites.

Iran has invited ambassadors accredited to the International Atomic Energy Agency to visit nuclear facilities in the Islamic Republic. Those invited include representatives from some of the six major powers involved in diplomatic efforts to resolve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme.