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International Herald Tribune: Siemens pulls out of nuclear venture with Areva

‘Siemens, the German engineering company, withdrew late Monday from a joint venture with Areva, the French builder of nuclear reactors. The move adds financial challenges for Areva even as demand for nuclear power appears to be on the rise.’

Reuters: Worker guilty in bid to sell France nuke secrets

‘A nuclear industry worker who tried to sell uranium enrichment technology to NATO ally France pleaded guilty on Monday to illegally disclosing restricted information, the Justice Department said.’

Fulton Sun: Nuclear plant foes shift from environmentalists to consumer groups

‘Unlike the first nuclear reactor to be constructed in Missouri, opposition to the second nuclear reactor at the Callaway Nuclear Plant has come more from consumer groups than anti-nuclear activists and environmentalists.’

Contract Journal: Spanish target UK's £40bn new nuclear programme

‘The race to deliver the UK’s £40bn new nuclear programme geared up a notch this week with Spanish utility Iberdrola and Scottish and Southern Energy teaming up to build an undisclosed number of new nuclear plants in the UK.’

Yahoo! News: 'Nuclear' could return to Okla. energy vocabulary

‘Oklahoma, long a producer of fossil fuels, traditionally has relied mostly on natural gas and coal -- and in recent years wind -- to produce power. But more than a quarter-century after the failed Black Fox project near Inola, state legislators including House Speaker Chris Benge are openly discussing the potential use of nuclear power in Oklahoma.’

Reuters: U.S. wants direct talks with Iran on atom work: envoy

‘The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on Monday the new administration would make Iran's nuclear program a top diplomatic priority and would pursue direct talks with Tehran.’

NTI: North Korea Reasserts Nuclear Status

‘Pyongyang has argued that its October 2006 nuclear test blast cemented its position among acknowledged nuclear-weapon states. Nuclear powers such as Russia and the United States have rejected that assertion.’