- - Monday, December 5, 2011


Water leaks from crippled nuclear plant

TOKYO — Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant leaked about 45 tons of highly radioactive water from a purification device over the weekend, its operator said, and some may have drained into the ocean.

A pool of radioactive water was discovered midday Sunday around a decontamination device, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said on its website.

After the equipment was turned off, the leak appeared to stop. Workers later found a crack in a concrete barrier leaking the contaminated water into a gutter that leads to the ocean.


Security budget doubled for 2012 Olympics

LONDON — The security budget for the 2012 London Olympics has doubled, a government report out Monday showed, with plans to recruit almost 14,000 extra personnel.

The operation to provide security at more than 100 venues has swollen after the decision was taken to boost staff numbers, the December 2011 Olympic Quarterly Economic Report showed.

The report stressed that the increase was not in response to a specific security threat. The overall budget for the games remains at $14.5 billion.


Court rules against Greece in Macedonia case

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The International Court of Justice ruled Monday that Greece was wrong to block Macedonia’s bid to join NATO in 2008 because of a long-running dispute over the fledgling country’s use of the name Macedonia.

In a 15-1 ruling, the court found that Greece’s veto breached a 1995 deal under which Greece had agreed not to block Macedonia’s membership in international organizations if it used the name “the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.”

More than 15 years later, mediation over the name is still unresolved.

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