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EU tightens nuclear waste disposal rules

The European Union on Tuesday tightened rules on the disposal of radioactive waste with strict conditions on exporting it outside EU borders. The new legislation requires EU governments to present by 2015 plans to dispose of waste produced by nuclear reactors as well as other sources including electricity production, medicine,…

Obama: India trade deals to create 50,000 jobs for US workers

President Barack Obama announced Saturday 10 billion dollars in trade deals with India to create 50,000 US jobs, on a visit that began with an emotional tribute to victims of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Kicking off a four-nation Asian tour weighted towards prying open new markets for US goods, Obama…

UK group says it’s suing over US execution drug

British group says it’s suing to stop export of execution drug sodium thiopental to US A group opposed to the death penalty filed suit Tuesday to try to prevent a British company from exporting a drug that could be used in the execution of an American inmate. Reprieve, a London-based…

GOP blocks Democrats’ jobs outsourcing bill

Senate blocks bill to punish firms that export jobs overseas The Senate on Tuesday blocked tax legislation that would have punished U.S. firms that export jobs. But the political symbolism of trying to save American jobs, not passing a bill, was the Democrats’ closing argument on the economy in the…

Blackwater reaches $42 million settlement with US over weapons smuggling

The US State Department said Monday that Xe, the controversial private security firm formerly known as Blackwater, has agreed to pay 42 million dollars in fines to settle alleged export violations. It said the civil settlement was reached on Wednesday for 288 violations “involving the unauthorized export of defense articles…

Blackwater agrees to pay $42 million fine

Xe, the private security company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide, has agreed to pay a 42 million dollar fine for violating US export regulations, The New York Times has reported. Blackwater, which changed its name to Xe, gained notoriety in Iraq after guards protecting a convoy opened fire in a…

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