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Swiss to investigate shredding of files in nuclear smuggling case

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

BERN, Switzerland: A powerful Swiss parliamentary committee is investigating why files in a high-profile nuclear smuggling case were secretly destroyed on government orders last year, officials said Tuesday.

The parliamentary committee charged with overseeing intelligence issues said it will collect further evidence on how the files were destroyed and publish a report before the fall.

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Papers on nuclear smuggling ring shredded

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The government ordered the destruction of documents on an alleged international nuclear smuggling network involving three Swiss engineers, it has been confirmed.

The head of a parliamentary control committee said the material was shredded last November.

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Tunisia and France sign accords on civilian nuclear cooperation, immigration

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

France and Tunisia signed accords on nuclear cooperation and immigration on Monday, the first day of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's state visit to the North African nation.

The accords were the first in a spate of deals — including a Tunisian airline's possible purchase of more than a dozen Airbus aircraft — aimed at strengthening economic and political ties between France and its former protectorate.

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Argentina committed stepping up nuclear cooperation with Algeria

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Argentina is willing stepping up cooperation with Algeria, aiming to developing the nuclear project which was acquired by Algeria in the 80’s, or when Algeria bought its first nuclear plant, Noor, with 3 megawatt capacity, situated in Draria, western Algiers, the Argentina Ambassador to Algeria, HEM Bibiana Jones, said.

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Russia and Egypt sign nuclear energy pact

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

NOVO-OGARYOVO: Russia and Egypt signed an agreement on Tuesday paving the way for Russian firms to bid for lucrative contracts to build nuclear power plants in Egypt.

The nuclear energy deal was signed after Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak met near the Russian capital for talks, which also covered Moscow’s plan to host a Middle East peace conference.

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Egypt Seeks International Bids for Atomic Plants, Al-Ahram Says

Friday, February 15, 2008

Feb. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Egypt will invite international bids next week for the design and supervision of nuclear power plants, Al-Ahram reported, citing Electricity and Energy Minister Hassan Younes.

The winner will advise on design and safety procedures, the state-run newspaper said, citing Younes.

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Egypt names site of first nuclear reactor

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Jan 10, 2008

CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt's first nuclear reactor will be built at Dabba on the Mediterranean coast west of the main port of Alexandria, Electricity and Power Minister Hassan Younis said on Thursday.

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Gadaffi’s visit to France sparks protests

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

By Ben Hall in Paris

Muammer Gadaffi, the Libyan leader, on Monday began a five-day visit to Paris to buy arms, nuclear power and civil airliners, triggering a storm of criticism from campaigners and an outburst from a government minister who said France should not accept his “kiss of death”.

Colonel Gadaffi was last night expected to sign a clutch of contracts valued at about €10bn ($14.7bn, £7bn) with French companies at the Elysée palace following talks with Nicolas Sarkozy. The Libyan leader is looking to buy 26 Airbus aircraft, a nuclear power station, French Rafale fighters and missiles, spare parts for his fleet of Mirage fighters and military helicopters.

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France and Algeria Sign Nuclear Deal

Friday, December 7, 2007

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- France and Algeria agreed to cooperate on civilian nuclear technologies Tuesday, while French oil and gas giant Total SA signed a deal to build a petrochemical complex in the North African country.

The announcements came during French President Nicolas Sarkozy's three-day visit to Algeria, his first full state visit to the ex-French colony since his May election.

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Sarkozy wants everyone to have nuclear power - French nuclear power

Thursday, November 15, 2007

PARIS: Six months into his term, President Nicolas Sarkozy is aggressively pursuing a new policy to give Muslim countries access to nuclear power - and win lucrative contracts for France's energy champions in the process.

After signing a memorandum of understanding with Libya in the summer, Sarkozy struck a preliminary cooperation accord with Morocco last month. Diplomats say he is planning to discuss nuclear power during trips to Algeria in December and Saudi Arabia in January.

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