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UK poised to confirm funding for mini nuclear reactors for carbon-free energy  


Rolls-Royce-led consortium already has £210m in private backing for plans to build 16 reactors across the country

The government is poised to approve funding for a fleet of Rolls-Royce mini nuclear reactors that the prime minister hopes will help the UK reach his target of zero-carbon electricity by 2035.

A consortium led by the British engineering firm had already secured £210m in backing from private investors for the small modular reactor (SMR) project, a sum that the government is expected to match or better. Confirmation is expected before the spending review on 27 October, according to well-placed sources.

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EU calls on Slovenian PM to stop 'provocations' against MEPs  

EU leaders have slammed Slovenia's prime minister after he posted an antisemitic conspiracy theory on Twitter when a EU delegation went to Ljubljana to investigate press freedoms in the country.


The worst is yet to come: China Daily issues fresh threats of trade strikes  

Chinese government-controlled media has threatened Australia with further trade strikes after former prime minister Tony Abbott accused Beijing of bullying Taiwan.


Ex-Malaysian PM Najib Razaks wife Rosmah Mansor to visit Singapore after court orders temporary release of passport   7%


Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, has been allowed a temporary release of her passport for her to travel to Singapore to visit her pregnant daughter who is expected to deliver soon.The High Court in Kuala Lumpur on Friday allowed the application by Rosmah, who is currently on trial for graft, for the temporary release of her travel document after it was informed that the prosecution was not objecting to it.Justice Mohammed Zaini Mazlan made the order for…


Japans new PM Fumio Kishida defends pro-nuclear stance in parliamentary debut  


Japan’s new prime minister Fumio Kishida on Monday defended his pronuclear energy policies, saying that restarting nuclear power plants mothballed since the 2011 Fukushima disaster was vital.Energy became a key issue during the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) recent leadership race, during which Kishida beat Taro Kono, a former vaccine minister who had spoken out against nuclear energy, to become prime minister.“It’s crucial that we restart nuclear power plants,” Kishida said as he…


Gay marriage possible for Dutch monarch, prime minister says   10%


In the country that first legalised gay marriage, the Dutch crown princess has the right to marry a person of any gender without giving up her right to the throne, the prime minister said on Tuesday.Crown Princess Catharina-Amalia, 17, has not made any comments on the matter, and little is known of her personal life.The question arose after recently published books argued that the country’s rules exclude the possibility of a same-sex royal couple.But Prime Minister Mark Rutte said times have…


President Milos Zeman in intensive care as Czech Republic faces post-election uncertainty   -6%


The Czech Republic was plunged into uncertainty on Sunday as President Milos Zeman was rushed to hospital a day after his ally, populist billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis, narrowly lost an election.The president, who plays a critical role in nominating any future prime minister, was taken to hospital by ambulance soon after meeting Babis and appeared to be unconscious upon arrival, with someone seen holding up his head.His doctor said he was in intensive care.Babis is hoping to hold on to…


Six months, only one witness: In Netanyahu's trial, the wheels of justice may be turning too slowly   -7%

Now that Walla CEO Ilan Yeshua has stepped down from the witness stand, the prosecution and defense can both point to aspects of his testimony that they find favorable when it comes to the bribery charges against the former prime minister


Democracy is being tested: Polish PM hits out at Brussels, claiming it infringes on rights of member states  


Poland’s prime minister has lashed out with accusations that EU institutions impede on the rights of its member nations following a ruling by the country’s Constitutional Tribunal that Warsaw’s laws reign supreme over Brussels’.
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Fake news: Polish PM slams opposition for spreading lies about desire for EU Polexit amid Warsaw legal supremacy dispute   -25%


Poland’s prime minister has accused the opposition of spreading “fake news” about the country’s supposed desire for ‘Polexit’, following a ruling that Warsaw’s law reigns supreme over Brussels’, stirring concern in the bloc.
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Move from frustration to hope: Tunisian president greenlights new government amid political crisis   8%


Tunisian President Kais Saied has approved the new government selected by Tunisia’s first female prime minister, Najla Bouden, 11 weeks after the last one was liquidated. The opposition described the move as a coup.
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Sami Jasim, deputy of slain IS leader Al-Baghdadi, captured by Iraqi forces in external operation, says PM   13%


The deputy of slain IS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has been captured by Iraqi troops in an “external operation,” the prime minister has confirmed, two years after the Islamist chief was killed by US special forces.
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Despicable & insane performance: Chinese embassy sees red over visit to Taiwan by Australian ex-PM Abbott amid rising tensions   -3%


China’s embassy in Canberra has criticized former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott after he visited Taiwan and called on his country and the US to offer military help to the island if a conflict breaks out.
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PM expected to back loans for gas price-hit firms  

The Department for Business expects the prime minister to back its proposals to help affected firms.


Czechs Defeat a Populist, Offering a Road Map for Toppling Strongmen   -5%


A wide range of parties in the Czech Republic banded together despite their differences to oppose Andrej Babis, the country’s populist prime minister. Opposition parties in Hungary are hoping to duplicate the feat.