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Japan nuclear restart gets PM's approval

Sunset in Tokyo, Japan

Japan is to resume the use of nuclear power for the first time since last year's triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi power plant after the government on Saturday approved the restart of two idled reactors.

Tony Blair avoids attempted citizen's arrest in Hong Kong

The list of places where Tony Blair must look over his shoulder for protesters during his endless carousel around the global lecture circuit now includes Hong Kong, after a speech on faith and globalisation was interrupted by an activist seeking to make a citizen's arrest on the former prime minister.

Rio+20 Earth summit: walkout at 'green economy' talks

The Sausage Tree

Europe's financial crisis should not be used as an excuse for inaction and underfunding of moves towards a more sustainable global economy, a senior Brazilian diplomat warned at the Rio+20 conference on Thursday as the UN talks suffered a disruption over money.

Egypt, a country lost in transition

Glastonbury Pyramid Stage

Egypt, a Cairo wit quipped recently, is "lost in transition". The serious point is that although Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February 2011, the country's progress from autocracy to democracy has been halting and complicated by tensions, divisions and violence at every turn.