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Spain outrage as UK sends three ‘floating bomb’ nuclear subs to Gibraltar in just a month

Verdemar-Ecologistas en Acción, a non-governmental organisation, has condemned the deployment and warned it puts “at risk the region of Andalusia”. Spain has been at odds with the UK after Brexit due to issues with borders on Gibraltar.

The environmental group said the presence of up to three nuclear-powered submarines in Gibraltar in a month because of the “risk it poses to the population due to the operations carried out there.”

It follows reports and images showing the HMS Artful, HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Lancaster in port near Gibraltar’s Europa Point.

HMS Artful, an Astute-class nuclear submarine, docked in Gibraltar on World Environment Day on June 5, before it “returned 30 days later” according to the group.

They said: “We suspect that repairs are still being made to these ‘floating bombs’ ever since HMS Tireless left the waters of the Bay of Algeciras 20 years ago.”

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Because of the naval deployments, Verdemar-Ecologistas en Acción suggested the military port of Gibraltar “is becoming a port X, where the United Kingdom takes its submarines to repair.”

They then said: “We ask once and for all that Gibraltar is free of nuclear propulsion devices.

“We do not have or want a nuclear Emergency Plan, but for them to leave.

“We warn that we are not going to keep using only words, we will act using methods that are within our reach to ward off this nuclear risk.”

HMS Prince of Wales sailed over to Gibraltar on July 7 for a brief logistical stopover in its operations.

At the end of June, the US also sent their first ballistic missile Submarine to Gibraltar in more than two decades.

The USS Alaska, which can carry up to 20 Trident D5 submarine-launched ballistic missiles, was the first time an Ohio class SSBN had paid a visit to the Her Majesty’s Naval Base Gibraltar since 1999.

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It follows Britain and France’s row over Jersey fishing rights earlier this year, which saw the UK send Royal Navy gunboats.

In May, French fishers in Jersey were angered by post-Brexit changes to fishing licences and new restrictions.

HMS Severn and its sister ship HMS Tamar were deployed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as 60 fishing vessels sailed to the port of St Helier.

The French navy also sent two of its ships to monitor the situation.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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Scores of Dead Bodies Found Floating in India’s Ganges River

NEW DELHI (AP) — Scores of dead bodies have been found floating down the Ganges River in eastern India as the country battles a ferocious surge in coronavirus infections. Authorities said Tuesday they haven’t yet determined the cause of death.

Health officials working through the night Monday retrieved 71 bodies, officials in Bihar state said.

Images on social media of the bodies floating in the river prompted outrage and speculation that they died from COVID-19. Authorities performed post mortems on Tuesday but said they could not confirm the cause of death due to the decomposition of the bodies.

More corpses were found floating in the river on Tuesday, washing up in Ghazipur district in neighboring Uttar Pradesh state. Police and villagers were at the site, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Monday’s incident.

“We are trying to find out where did these dead bodies come from? How did they get here?” said Mangla Prasad Singh, a local official.

Surinder, a resident of Ghazipur who uses one name, said villagers didn’t have enough wood to cremate their dead on land.

“Due to the shortage of wood, the dead are being buried in the water,” he said. “Bodies from around 12-13 villages have been buried in the water.”

Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are experiencing rising COVID-19 cases as infections in India grow faster than anywhere else in the world.

On Tuesday, the country confirmed nearly 390,000 new cases, including 3,876 more deaths. Overall, India has had the second highest number of confirmed cases after the U.S. with nearly 23 million and over 240,000 deaths. All of the figures are almost certainly a vast undercount, experts say.

Author: AP News
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