Russian freighter spacecraft Progress M-10M with supplies for the International Space Station has been successfully launched. It has 2.6 tons of cargo onboard, including flies and seeds for scientific research.
France and Italy are urging the UN to put pressure on Syria to end its violent crackdown on anti-government protesters. Washington is also considering imposing sanctions, which is raising fears that Syria could be the next Libya.
While TEPCO is removing contaminated water from reactor 2 of the troubled Fukushima-1 nuclear plant and after successful tests has started spraying resin to prevent the spread of radioactive dust, experts fear deterioration of the crisis.
Twenty-five years on, the dangers of Chernobyl have in no way been confined to the past. On the eve of the tragic anniversary, Ukraine is desperately seeking money to complete a new containment shelter over the remains of the destroyed reactor.