Iran earthquake: 32 killed and hundreds injured near nuclear plant

Huge earthquake near nuclear plant in Iran kills 37 and injures hundredsTremor strikes in rural deep south of Iran crushing houses to rubble Authorities insist no damage to nuclear plant nearby but no verification PUBLISHED: 17:20 GMT, 9 April 2013 | UPDATED: 00:23 GMT, 10 April 2013 At least 37 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a 6.1 magnitude earthquake near a nuclear plant in southern Iran on Tuesday, Iranian officials said. The earthquake struck the town of Kaki some 96 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Bushehr, a town on the Persian Gulf that is home of Iran's first nuclear power plant, built with Russian help

North Korea: Kim Jong-un"s AUNT Kim Kyong-hui "was driving force behind his rise to leader"

Who really has the power in Pyongyang Kim Jong-un's AUNT 'was driving force behind his rise to leader' Kim Kyong-hui is often only female face on official photographsShe is the daughter of the North Korean Eternal President Kim Il-sungMiss Kim and husband chosen by Kim Jong-il to consolidate son's authority By James Rush PUBLISHED: 15:23 GMT, 7 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:58 GMT, 8 April 2013 The aunt of Kim Jong-un has been credited with being the driving force behind the rise of the Supreme Leader of North Korea. Kim Kyong-hui, who is often the only female face on official photographs of ranks of generals and party leaders, has been tasked with transforming her nephew into a figurehead with a reputation for strong military tactics who is able to handle an international crisis. Miss Kim, who has been a key figure in the family for four decades, and her husband Jang Sung-taek, were chosen by Kim Jong-il to pull the strings behind the consolidation of his son's authority before the old leader died in 2011, The Telegraph has reported

London semi where North Korean Supreme leader"s man keeps watch… on The X Factor

London semi where North Korean Supreme leader's man keeps watch… on The X Factor North Korean embassy is based near Acton Town tube station in a bay-windowed 1920s homeCarry On star Sid James lived down the same streetThe wife of Korean ambassador Hyon Hak Bong went out shopping as normal on Friday despite tensions in North Korea By Mail On Sunday Reporter PUBLISHED: 21:02 GMT, 6 April 2013 | UPDATED: 21:47 GMT, 6 April 2013 There is an unlikely corner of England that is forever North Korea. To get there, turn left out of Acton Town Tube station, right at the BP garage and walk past the cricket ground, but not quite as far as the mock-Tudor semi with the blue plaque where Carry On star Sid James lived

North Korea"s salvaged space junk: Crumpled debris from rocket is retrieved by South Korea scientists who say rogue state has capacity to strike…

North Korea's salvaged space junk: Crumpled debris from rocket is retrieved by South Korea scientists who say rogue state has capacity to strike US West Coast Debris from the rocket was found off the South Korean coast North Korea said December 12 launch was to put a satellite in spaceCritics argue technology could be a precursor to nuclear missilesNew leader Kim Jong-un wants bigger capacity rockets to be built | UPDATED: 17:04 GMT, 23 December 2012 North Korea's recent rocket launch shows it has likely developed the technology to fire a warhead more than 6,200 miles – putting the US West Coast in range, South Korean officials said yesterday. The secretive state claimed the December 12 launch put a weather satellite in orbit but critics say it was aimed at nurturing the kind of technology needed to mount a nuclear warhead on a long-range missile

Talented enthusiast builds Britain"s largest four-jet engine model aeroplane

Just like the real thing! Talented enthusiast builds Britain's largest four-jet engine model aeroplane (and it can fly at speeds of 150mph) | UPDATED: 23:25 GMT, 20 December 2012 At first glance, it looks like any normal fighter jet patrolling the skies. But actually, this impressive jet – which has a massive 20-ft wingspan – is Britain's largest four-jet engine model aeroplane.

Royal Navy "spy" who took mobile phone pictures in nuclear submarine for Russian "spooks"

Jailed Navy petty officer spent three months trying to sell submarine secrets to 'Russian agents named Demitri and Vladimir' with 'fake accents' who were really MI5 agents Edward Devenney, 30, foiled after trying to sell submarine photographs Took photos of secret code for encrypted information on mobile phone He had contacted the Russian Embassy after a 12-hour drinking binge | UPDATED: 10:18 GMT, 13 December 2012 Edward Devenney was jailed for eight years today A treacherous Royal Navy petty officer who tried to pass secrets about Britain’s nuclear submarines to Russian spies has been jailed for eight years. The Old Bailey heard that Edward Devenney, 30, who was bitter at missing out on a promotion, had phoned the Russian embassy in a bid to betray his country. He offered information about sailing dates and movements of Trident submarines that would have revealed the unique sound ‘signature’ given off by the British nuclear craft, meaning they could have been tracked around the globe

It is time for Western Governments to raise their voices against Iran and regime"s human rights abuses

It is time for Western Governments to raise their voices against the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses | UPDATED: 09:51 GMT, 5 December 2012 Tragedy: Sattar Beheshti died whilst in police custody, reportedly as a result of extensive torture Iran remains front page news throughout the world, stealing headlines with their nuclear ambitions, inflammatory rhetoric and regional interference. The Iranian regime continues to be the focus of much discussion and debate, yet little attention is being paid to the internal dynamics of Iran; particularly its brutal crackdown on dissidents and its appalling human rights record. For Iranian activists on the ground, it has been a struggle to have their voices heard.

George Osborne"s autumn statement: A beacon of realism in a sea of greens

A beacon of realism in a sea of greens | UPDATED: 09:53 GMT, 5 December 2012 In an ideal world, no Chancellor in his right mind would propose a ‘dash for gas’ as the answer to Britain’s energy needs. As green activists are quick to point out, unrenewable gas is far from the cleanest of fuels – and the new power stations planned by George Osborne will end any hope of meeting legally-binding targets on carbon emissions. They will also leave us at the mercy of fluctuating global prices and the often volatile regimes that supply our gas.

Autumn Statement: Osborne orders fresh round of 5billion of cuts to pay for schools and transport links

Osborne orders MORE spending cuts, telling Whitehall to find 5billion to pay for schools and transport linksChancellor to use today's statement to set out plans to cut spending further Transport, schools, science and skills will benefit from proceeds made Plans will be announced when growth forecasts will be downgradedChancellor will tell MPs that government departments are being ordered to trim an additional 1% from their budgets next year and further 2% in 2014 | UPDATED: 09:47 GMT, 5 December 2012 Chancellor George Osborne will announce his spending plans to the Commons in his Autumn Statement today Tens of thousands of school places will be created at 100 new academies and free schools as part of a 5billion investment programme to be funded by a fresh round of spending cuts. Chancellor George Osborne will use today’s autumn statement to set out plans to cut spending further in most Whitehall departments over the next two years, with the proceeds poured into transport, schools, science and skills. Education is the big winner, in another indication that the Conservatives will make their school reforms a central plank of the next election campaign.

A beacon of realism in a sea of greens

A beacon of realism in a sea of greens | UPDATED: 23:50 GMT, 4 December 2012 In an ideal world, no Chancellor in his right mind would propose a ‘dash for gas’ as the answer to Britain’s energy needs. As green activists are quick to point out, unrenewable gas is far from the cleanest of fuels – and the new power stations planned by George Osborne will end any hope of meeting legally-binding targets on carbon emissions. They will also leave us at the mercy of fluctuating global prices and the often volatile regimes that supply our gas