Europe uses more nuclear power than North America UN agency reports

Nuclear power provides about 16 per cent of global electricity, the IAEA reported. France draws 76.4 per cent of its energy from nuclear power, and Lithuania 73.7 per cent, followed by Belgium (56.8 per cent), the Slovak Republic (53.4 per cent), Ukraine (47.3 per cent), Bulgaria (45 per cent), Hungary (42.2 per cent), the Republic of Korea (40.7 per cent), Sweden (39 per cent) and Switzerland (38.2 per cent.) In North America, where 118 reactors supply about 20 per cent of electricity in the United States and 12 per cent in Canada, the number of operating reactors has declined slightly. In Western Europe, with 150 reactors, overall capacity is likely to remain at or near existing levels in the coming years, the IAEA said.The IAEA reported that in Central and Eastern Europe and the newly independent States, a few partially built plants are likely to be completed, while aging units are being shut down. Only in the Middle East, Far East and South Asia, with a total of 94 reactors at present, are there clear plans for expanding nuclear power, particularly in China, India, the Republic of Korea and Japan. read more

Sajid Javid recalls two Border Force vessels from overseas to patrol Channel

The incident comes as Mr Javid, in his first major invervention since breaking off his holiday to take control of the situation, says he will not “stand by” and allow “reckless” criminals to exploit vulnerable migrants and put them in “grave danger”. UK Border Force officials have allegedly detained eight suspected illegal migrants on the Kent coast Writing in The Telegraph after talks with his French counterpart, Mr Javid suggests there will be increased surveillance, patrols and action to disrupt criminal gangs to try to tackle the issue.His comments will be seen as a riposte to Tory MPs who have accused him of showing a lack of leadership and demanded that cutters be redeployed from the Mediterranean to the English Channel.However Tory MPs said there was no detail in Mr Javid’s plans and claimed there was a “woeful” lack of urgency.Mr Javid’s allies claimed he was the victim of a “stitch up” by Downing Street after details of the luxury lodge he was due to stay in on his safari holiday were leaked. Two Border Force cutters are being redeployed from overseas to patrol the English Channel in response to migrant emergencies, Sajid Javid has announced. The Home Secretary had resisted calls for more boats amid fears a more visible presence would encourage more illegal crossings. But having met with Border Force, National Crime Agency and Whitehall officials to discuss the Channel migrants on Monday, there has been a change of tack. More suspected illegal immigrants were intercepted by Border Force officials Monday morning after landing on the Kent coast.The latest group were spotted in Greatstone-on-Sea, near Lydd.They were intercepted just 24 hours after six Iranian men were found on a beach near Dover. According to reports on Sky News, at least eight people have been detained.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Javid declared the ongoing situation a “major incident” after more than 220 people attempted to cross the English Channel in small boats since November, according to official figures.Speaking today, a police spokesman said Border Force officials are “dealing” with the Greatstone incident, which unfolded at about 8am.A Kent Police spokesman said: “Kent Police was made aware at 8.16am of a report of a group of suspected migrants seen in Coast Drive, Greatstone. UK Border Force officials have allegedly detained eight suspected illegal migrants on the Kent coast “Officers attended to assist Border Force who are dealing with the incident.” read more