nuclear tests

North Korea slapped with new UN sanctions

The council voted 15-0 to back the US-drafted sanctions resolution banning exports of coal, lead and seafood.

Pyongyang has claimed to have developed a hydrogen bomb and has continuously threatened to strike the US.

North Korea is already under UN sanctions to force the leadership to curtail its weapons programmes.

The new sanctions were agreed on Monday after the US removed some of the tougher proposals it had announced last week, including a complete oil embargo and measures to freeze the assets of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

12 French nuclear test victims to be compensated

The court in Nantes upheld nine cases against which the defence ministry had lodged an appeal and found in three cases that their claim should proceed.

The claimants served in Algeria and the South Pacific between 1960 and 1996 when France tested its nuclear weapons.

Their lawyer said this marked an important decision but regretted that in the process, seven years had been lost.

France adopted a law in 2010 recognising that its tests were harmful but the compensation criteria were narrowly crafted that practically all claims were thrown out.