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Nun imprisoned over peace activism, Megan Rice, dies at 91

Oct. 17, 2021 19:35 PM EDT

ROSEMONT, Penn. (AP) — Megan Rice, a nun and Catholic peace activist who spent two years in federal prison while in her 80s after breaking into a government security complex to protest nuclear weapons, has died. She was 91. Rice died of congestive heart failure Oct....

US, allies step up pressure on Iran to return to nuke talks

Oct. 15, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and its closest partners are stepping up pressure on Iran to return to stalled nuclear negotiations, warning that it will face greater international isolation, new economic penalties and possibly military action if it forges ahead with its atomic program....

Dozens of US nuclear lab workers sue over vaccine mandate

Oct. 14, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Workers at one of the nation’s premier nuclear weapons laboratories face a deadline Friday — be vaccinated or prepare to be fired. A total of 114 workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory — the birthplace of the atomic bomb — are suing...

US, Israel say they are exploring a 'Plan B' for Iran

Oct. 13, 2021 22:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Israel said Wednesday they are exploring a “Plan B” for dealing with Iran if the Islamic Republic does not return in good faith to negotiations to salvage the languishing landmark 2015 nuclear deal. Secretary of State Antony...

Alabama to gain hundreds of new jobs for US missile defense

Oct. 13, 2021 07:51 AM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The defense firm Northrop Grumman plans to hire 500 more engineers in the Huntsville area to support America’s new Air Force-led defense against foreign nuclear missile attack. Company officials on Monday discussed their Huntsville operation,...

Kim vows to build 'invincible' military while slamming US

Oct. 12, 2021 01:21 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reviewed powerful missiles developed to launch nuclear strikes on the U.S. mainland, as he vowed to build an “invincible” military to cope with what he called persistent U.S. hostility, state media reported Tuesday. ...

Merkel and Israel's Bennett differ on Iran, Palestinians

Oct. 10, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Germany's lame-duck chancellor, Angela Merkel, received a warm welcome Sunday as she paid a final official visit to Israel, but differences quickly emerged between the close allies on the key issues of Iran's nuclear program and the establishment of a Palestinian state. ...

Controversial father of Pakistan nuclear bomb dies at age 85

Oct. 10, 2021 08:55 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Abdul Qadeer Khan, a controversial figure known as the father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb, died Sunday of COVID-19 following a lengthy illness, his family said. He was 85. Khan, who launched Pakistan on the path to becoming a nuclear weapons power in...

Iran makes more 20% enriched uranium than watchdog reported

Oct. 10, 2021 06:43 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has produced more than 120 kilograms (265 pounds) of 20% enriched uranium, the country's nuclear chief said, far more than what the U.N. nuclear watchdog reported last month. Mohammad Eslami said in an interview with state TV late Saturday that...

State Department discloses number of nukes in US stockpile

Oct. 05, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a reversal of Trump administration policy, the State Department on Tuesday disclosed the number of nuclear weapons in the U.S. stockpile. It said this will aid global efforts to control the spread of such weapons. The number of U.S. weapons,...