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The Russian rocket accident that killed 7 was reportedly followed by a second blast and radiation spike
OSLO (Reuters) - An explosion that killed five Russian scientists during a rocket engine test this month was followed by a second blast two hours later, the likely source of a spike in radiation, Norway's nuclear test-ban monitor said on Friday.
The second explosion was likely from an airborne rocket powered by radioactive fuel, the Norsar agency said - though the governor of Russia's Arkhangelsk region, where the blast took place, dismissed reports of another blast.
"The aftermath of the incident does not carry any threat," the governor, Igor Orlov, told the Interfax news agency. "Everything else is yet another round of disinformation."
Russia's Ministry of Defence did not immediately respond to a request for comment when contacted by Reuters on Friday.
There has been contradictory information about the Aug. 8 accident near the White Sea in far northern Russia and its consequences.
Russia's Defence Ministry initially said background radiation remained normal, while the state weather agency said radiation levels had risen.
Russia's state nuclear agency, Rosatom, said on Aug. 10 the accident involved "isotope power sources" but did not give further details.
Rosatom has acknowledged that five of its workers were killed. Two military personnel were also reported to have been killed.
Norway's DSA nuclear safety authority said on Aug. 15 it had found tiny amounts of radioactive iodine near Norway's Arctic border with Russia, although it could not say whether it was linked to the Russian accident.
Norsar's detection of a second blast was first reported by Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten on Friday.
"We registered two explosions, of which the last one coincided in time with the reported increase in radiation," Norsar Chief Executive Anne Stroemmen Lycke told Reuters. She added that this likely came from the rocket's fuel.
The second explosion was detected only by infrasonic air pressure sensors and not by the seismic monitors that pick up movements in the ground, she added.
(Reporting by Terje Solsvik, additional reporting by Tatiana Ustinova and Maria Kiselyova in Moscow; Editing by Ros Russell and Andrew Heavens)
The command chief of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, was removed from his position last month after his chain of command received evidence he disrespected his subordinates.
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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has called on the security alliance's allies to maintain and strengthen their "unity," saying the organization is "the only guarantor of European and transatlantic security."
Stoltenberg told reporters on November 19 that NATO "has only grown stronger over the last 70 years" despite "differences" among the allies on issues such as trade, climate, the Iran nuclear deal, and the situation in northeastern Syria.
He was speaking at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels on the eve of a NATO foreign ministers meeting aimed at finalizing preparations for next month's summit in London.
WASHINGTON — More than $35 million of the roughly $400 million in aid to Ukraine that President Donald Trump delayed, sparking the impeachment inquiry, has not been released to the country, according to a Pentagon spending document obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
Instead, the defense funding for Ukraine remains in U.S. accounts, according to the document. It's not clear why the money hasn't been released, and members of Congress are demanding answers.
The admiral in charge of Navy special operators will decide whether to revoke the tridents for Eddie Gallagher and other SEALs involved in the Navy's failed attempt to prosecute Gallagher for murder, a defense official said Tuesday.
The New York Times' David Philipps first reported on Tuesday that the Navy could revoke the SEAL tridents for Gallagher as well as his former platoon commander Lt. Jacob Portier and two other SEALs: Lt. Cmdr. Robert Breisch and Lt. Thomas MacNeil.
The four SEALs will soon receive a letter that they have to appear before a board that will consider whether their tridents should be revoked, a defense official told Task & Purpose on condition of anonymity.