NEWS 24.March.2016

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Brussels suicide bombers Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui were planning attacks on Belgian nuclear power stations, Dernier Heure newspaper has reported.

The newspaper exclusively reported that the arrest of Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam accelerated the plans of the terrorists.

The brothers planted a hidden camera in front of the home of the director of the Belgian nuclear research program, the paper said.

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Germany’s nuclear power plants are insufficiently protected against potential terror attacks, including 9/11-style ones, according to a newly-released study.

A nuclear plant’s smokescreen designed to prevent any attacks on it from air provides only minimal protection for the facility, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) news agency reported, citing findings presented by Oda Becker, a physicist and independent expert on nuclear plants, at the German Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND) congress in Berlin on Thursday.

Such smokescreen “only slightly diminishes a chance of collision with a plane,” hijacked by terrorists. Additionally, only two out of eight currently operating nuclear plants in Germany are equipped with such systems, the report points out.

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A soldier stands guard in front of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, during a guided media tour by North Korean authorities in the northwest of Pyongyang April 8, 2012. North Korea has readied a rocket for a launch from a forested valley in its remote northwest this week that will showcase the reclusive state's ability to fire a missile with the capacity to hit the continental United States. Picture taken April 8, 2012. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) ORG XMIT: PYG17

Pyongyang says it tested a solid-fuel missile engine. If true, it would extend North Korean missiles’ range and give less warning of an impending launch, which leader Kim Jong-un promises will “strike great horror and terror into the hearts of enemies.”

The leader claimed a “historic” advance for the DPRK’s nuclear program with the test, state-owned KCNA reported Thursday. The country has been using liquid fuel up to now for its launches; although this afforded greater control on take-off, they took longer to launch and are known to give enemies an advance warning when fired up.

The North already uses solid fuel for its short-range missiles. The switch to long-range would be a big step up in terms of the country’s ICBM capabilities.

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The Rockefeller Family Fund is cashing in all of its investments in ExxonMobil, citing “morally reprehensible conduct.” The multimillion dollar charity is also divesting itself from all fossil fuel companies over the industry’s stance on climate change.

“We would be remiss if we failed to focus on what we believe to be the morally reprehensible conduct on the part of ExxonMobil,” the family fund wrote in its announcement.

Set up in 1967 by descendants of John D. Rockefeller, the charity has long invested its funds in the oil industry up until now.

“These are not decisions, therefore, that have been taken lightly or without much consideration of their import,” the fund wrote after reviewing its investment strategies.

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Mysterious tiny germs: US scientists ‘build’ bacteria with smallest genome on Earth

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Banks shouldn’t compensate customers who are victims of cyber-crime because it “rewards” them for sloppy internet security, Britain’s highest-ranking police officer has said.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said banks should refuse to reimburse people who fail to update anti-virus software and tighten their passwords. 

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Shocking new government figures reveal that homelessness has rocketed in England since 2010. By last year, over 41,000 families were destitute or living in temporary accommodation.

The figures analyzed by homelessness charity Shelter show the number of families without a home in England soared by 42 percent between 2010 and 2015. The charity says that people losing their privately-rented homes is the single biggest cause of the crisis.

Last year alone, around 17,000 families reportedly became homeless after being evicted from privately-rented homes.

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