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Czech energy firm scraps nuclear plant expansion

Czech energy giant CEZ announced on Thursday it was scrapping the planned construction of two new reactors at its Temelin nuclear plant, citing "turbulent" conditions in the European energy sector. "CEZ has cancelled the bidding process for the construction of two new units at Temelin. This decision has been announced to all parties," the firm said. It said a "turbulent trend" in the European energy sector was to blame. The contract was estimated to be worth between eight and 12 billion euros ($11 billion to $17 billion).

Russia says its nuclear contracts could be affected by sanctions

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's nuclear industry contracts with other countries could be affected by Western sanctions, the head of state nuclear corporation Rosatom was quoted as saying on Thursday. After hitting Russian officials and lawmakers with visa bans and asset freezes over Moscow's annexation of Crimea, the United States and European Union are threatening measures affecting entire economic sectors if Russia continues to act aggressively.

UK reviewing Russia nuclear power pact due to Ukraine crisis

By Susanna Twidale LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is reviewing an agreement it made with Russian state nuclear firm Rosatom on nuclear cooperation, in reaction to the crisis in Ukraine, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said. Britain last November opened the doors to Russia to build nuclear power plants in the country by signing an agreement with Rosatom to help the company prepare potentially to enter the UK market.

UK reviewing Russia nuclear power pact due to Ukraine crisis

By Susanna Twidale LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is reviewing its nuclear cooperation agreement with Russian state firm Rosatom because of the Ukraine crisis, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said. The UK last November opened the doors to Russia to build nuclear power plants in the country by signing a pact with Rosatom to help the company prepare potentially to enter the British market.

Meteor shower sows panic in central Russia

A heavy meteor shower rained down on central Russia on Friday, sowing panic as the hurtling space debris smashed windows and injured dozens of stunned locals, officials said. Television footage showed morning traffic grinding to a quick halt in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk as a blinding flash lit up the blue sky, causing some to huddle in buildings for safety. A medical source said that 100 people came to hospitals for medical treatment, while the emergencies ministry confirmed that cellular telephone communications were temporarily cut.
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