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Another Chernobyl Explosion Possible

The damaged Chernobyl nuclear plant could explode again, sending another plume of highly radioactive dust over Europe, The Observer reported Sunday.

The newspaper quoted a report funded by the European Union that said the dividing wall between Chernobyl’s burned-out No. 4 reactor and the still functioning No. 3 reactor is becoming instable.

If the wall were to collapse, it could send debris crashing through the concrete sarcophagus built around the irradiated No. 4 reactor following the April 1986 explosion and fire at the Ukrainian nuclear complex.

Falling debris also could damage the No. 3 reactor, break coolant pipes and cause a partial nuclear core meltdown, The newspaper said.


 
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In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation

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Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself Wednesday and signed an executive order halting his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border.