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Mexican authorities launched an alert in several states of the country after the robbery of medical equipment (above) that contains radioactive material of low intensity but that is still dangerous if its magnetic head is broken. The states in alert are Queretaro, Estado de Mexico, Veracruz, Tlaxcala, Puebla and the Mexican capital city. Photograph: EPA/Sener
Mexico radioactive material found
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  • December 5, 2013, 06:38

A missing shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60, said to be able to kill within days, has been found near the spot where a stolen lorry transportin(...)

There is little agreement among experts as to what is the maximum population that the environment can sustain on Earth. Photograph: Getty

The population division of the United Nations marked October 31st, 2011, as the “Day of Seven Billion”. The world population is now above that figure (...)

Lieut Gen Conor O’Boyle: said some personnel now living long distances from the nearest barracks could not be accommodated easily and needed to consider this

The strength of the Defence Forces has been reduced as far as it can go and the Government and senior military leaderships cannot expect badly needed (...)

Chinese vice-president Li Yuanchao and US vice-president Joe Biden listen to their national anthems during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Reuters

Relations with China need to be based on trust, US vice-president Joe Biden said as he emerged from a meeting with president Xi Jinping, with neither (...)

Members of the Irish Defence forces pictured patrolling the perimeter of Dublin airport. An organisation representing officers has expressed concern at falling personnel numbers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

The strength of the Defence Forces has been reduced as far as it can go, the Representative Association for Commissioned Officers (Raco) has said. The(...)

Pope Francis addresses the faithful as a pigeon flies by during the Angelus prayer at Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican on Sunday. The Vatican has refused to provide a United Nations rights panel with information on the Church’s internal investigations into the sexual abuse of children by clergy, saying that its policy was to keep such cases confidential. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

The Vatican refused to provide a United Nations rights panel with information on the Church’s internal investigations into the sexual abuse of childr(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said he hoped to publish the Bill on the merger of the IHRC and the Equality Authority before Christmas. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Legislation providing for the merger of the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) and the Equality Authority is expected to be published “before Christ(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter rests near some weapons in Aleppo today. The UN has said evidence collected by its investigators looking into Syrian war crimes implicates president Bashar al-Assad. Photograph: Molhem Barakat/Reuters.

Evidence collected by UN investigators looking into Syrian war crimes implicates president Bashar al-Assad, United Nations human rights chief Navi Pil(...)

A Thai anti-government protester waves a Thai flag in a face off with riot police officers as the demonstrators try and reach to the Metropolitan Police Bureau in Bangkok, Thailand, today. Photograph: Narong Sangnak/EPA.

Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has offered to “open every door” to find a peaceful solution to a political crisis gripping Bangkok as police(...)

In the many accounts of the history of the emergence of Ireland from isolation from the late 1950s onwards, the name of Brian Joseph O’Connor, who has(...)

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