The Guardian: Green Investment Bank could help to build nuclear reactors
The government's Green Investment Bank could fund the building of new nuclear reactors, it has emerged. It is the latest form of public financial support on offer to the industry from the government which continues to insist that the industry will not receive any more subsidies. The Conservatives' pre-election manifesto promised that the Green Investment Bank – which was also in the coalition agreement – would finance "new green technology start-ups". But documents issued before Christmas by Vince Cable's business department list new reactors, along with offshore wind farms and new electricity grids, as one of the three proposed "target sectors" on which the bank would initially focus.

Reuters: Italy court approves nuclear energy referendum
ROME, Jan 12 (Reuters) -Italy's constitutional court ruled on Wednesday that a national referendum could be held on whether to revive nuclear power production, a potential blow to the government's plans to re-launch the sector. Italy is the only Group of Eight industrialised nation without nuclear power, but Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi aims to resurrect it and have a quarter of all electricity in the country generated by nuclear plants in the future. The court allowed the request by opposition politician Antonio Di Pietro for a referendum to be held. Public opinion in Italy has been generally hostile to nuclear energy, which was discontinued after a 1987 referendum following the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986.

Tehran Times: Istanbul talks may be West’s last chance, Tehran says
TEHRAN – Iran’s Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency Ali Asghar Soltanieh has advised the West to grasp the “historic opportunity” of the upcoming talks with Iran, implying that the talks could be the major powers’ last chance. Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany are scheduled to hold talks in Istanbul on January 21 and 22. “By installing fuel rods produced by Iran in the core of the Tehran research reactor, probably the Majlis (the Iranian parliament) will not allow the government once again to negotiate or send its uranium to Turkey or other countries,” Soltanieh told reporters on Wednesday. “If it happens, Iran will continue to produce (nuclear fuel),” he said.