The World Today
germanyBERLIN — Tens of thousands of Germans yesterday marched through Berlin to protest their government’s recent decision to extend the life of the nation’s nuclear power plants by about 12 years. Demonstrators blew whistles and waved flags warning against the dangers of nuclear energy yesterday at a protest that drew Germans from across the nation. Last month, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government decided to scrap plans to shut down the nation’s 17 nuclear reactors by 2021. A recent poll showed a majority of Germans oppose the legislation.
Ahmadinejad meets with Syrian leaderDAMASCUS — Iran’s president said yesterday that Middle Eastern countries will “disrupt’’ American and Israeli plans to change the political geography of the region, appearing to brush aside US efforts to forge a regional peace deal between Israel and its neighbors. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the comments during a brief stop in Syria, where he held talks with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar Assad.
Hiker held in Iran begins return to USMUSCAT — An American woman released from Iran after more than 13 months in custody began her journey back to the United States yesterday after asking her supporters to “extend your prayers’’ to her fiance and another American man who remain in Tehran accused of spying. In a brief statement, Sarah Shourd thanked Oman — an ally of Iran and the United States — for mediating the $500,000 bail that led to her freedom earlier this week.
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