Authorities in Ukraine have approved a giant steel cover for the radioactive site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster ? Chernobyl. Ukraine has hired a French firm to build the structure to replace the crumbling concrete casing put over the reactor after the 1986 accident. The casing project is expected to cost USD 1.4 billion. It will take five years to complete before dismantling the reactor can begin. In other news, Ukraine will need to define more sharply the powers of key institutions such as the presidency and parliament after this month’s election if it wants to move closer to the EU, EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said. (BBC, Reuters)

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