Russia makes deal with Iran
Russia has agreed to build two civilian nuclear power plants in Iran with a possibility of six more. The Russian government agreed on Tuesday to expand its nuclear cooperation agreement that supplies civilian nuclear energy to the Iranian people. Russia’s agreement with Iran has received support from the International Atomic Energy Agency, and has garnered begrudging US support. The agreement will place the new nuclear power reactors around the previous Russian built plant in Bushehr. The nuclear material supplied to the plants will come directly from Russia and will be monitored by them, to guard against fears that Iran is using nuclear information supplied by other countries to create nuclear weapons as a part of it’s uranium enrichment program.
South Korean Captain faces 36 years in prison
South Korean captain Lee Joon-seok has been found not guilty of murder, but was convicted of gross negligence after he capsized the Sewol ferry in April. Mr Joon-seok was found guilty for abandoning over 300 passengers. The court ruled it as gross negligence as only 172 of the 476 passengers were rescued and 250 school children were left behind. He was convicted in the city of Gwangju in the south-west of the country.
Bob Geldof to release new single to help fight Ebola
Bob Geldof and fellow singer-songwriter Midge Ure, the two original organisers of charity organisation Band Aid, are set to re-record their previous hit single, Do They Know It’s Christmas? Mr Geldof told the media on Monday that his single would raise money to help Ebola facilities in Africa. “Mothers can’t cradle their children, lovers can’t comfort each other, wives can’t hold their husbands’ hands while they die. That’s not right. It can be stopped.” The single is set to include a large host of stars with everyone from Bono to One Direction.
Egyptian militant group vows loyalty to IS
An anti-government militant group in Egypt, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, has announced its new allegiance to the Islamic State, becoming the Islamic State’s first major international affiliate group. The militants previously centred on fighting Egyptian security forces which represents a massive win for IS. The group’s vow of loyalty has sparked new fears of a tourism backlash in Egypt, creating concerns that they won’t be able to guarantee the safety of tourists. – Brian Ennew
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