More than 250 flights to and from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports were grounded on Thursday by volcanic ash drifting from a volcanic eruption in Iceland, airport operators said. Read more
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Ban today on all member-states to join the NPT and the CTBT and push for a ban on production of fissile materials for atomic weapons.
Before leaving for the nuclear summit chaired by President Barack Obama in Washington, the Secretary-General said: “All Member States who have not done so should participate in the NPT. That is an obligation of all Member States of the United Nations.”
“Likewise, I am going to urge in Washington that all the countries who have not signed and ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty ? the CTBT – should also do so without further delay,” he added.
Several countries including India, Pakistan and Israel have not signed on to the treaties. A major event on nuclear non-proliferation will be the NPT (Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty) Review Conference in May at the UN headquarters.
Despite an upsurge in violence in Northern Ireland, Prince William has been cleared to serve with the Royal Airforce (RAF) in the province, a British daily reported. On joining the forces in Ulster, William – the second in line to the throne – will become the first member of the Royal Family to serve there since the troubles began more than 40 years ago.