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from Global News Journal:

Less content, more Merkel in campaign posters

With two weeks to go before Germany holds an election, Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have unveiled a new set of election posters, depicting Merkel, Merkel, and more Merkel.

Rather than campaigning on the issues highlighted in their election programmes, the Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) are keeping it simple and hoping to capitalise instead on the popularity of their leader, Germany's first female chancellor. (Photo: A new election campaign poster of German Chancellor Merkel is pictured in Berlin, Sept. 14, 2009, Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)

"The key question is whether Angela Merkel, who has intelligently guided Germany throughout the crisis, should continue to govern," said Ronald Pofalla, general secretary of the CDU, at a press conference in Berlin.

"With the new posters, we want to make clear to people that they will only get Merkel again as a chancellor if they vote for the CDU."

from Global News Journal:

Germany’s Greens trade in woolly sweaters for business suits

Having traded in their woolly sweaters, jeans and sandals for dapper suits and shiny shoes, Germany's Greens are ready for business, claiming that to be the "party that truly knows its economics".

The world's most successful environmental party is eager to get back into power at the federal election on Sept. 27 after a first stint in coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD) from 1998 to 2005.

from Global News Journal:

IAEA nations, but not Israel, fete El Baradei in sendoff

Some nations who once criticised Mohamed ElBaradei over his approach to Iran's disputed nuclear programme joined a roomful of effusive tributes to the outgoing chief of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency on Thursday.

But Israel, ElBaradei's most public and caustic critic, left its seat empty to sidestep the succession of delegations hailing the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, participants in the closed-door meeting said.

from Global News Journal:

IAEA’s ElBaradei knocks heads together on Iran

At his penultimate meeting with governors of the U.N. nuclear watchdog before he steps down in November, Mohamed ElBaradei gave diplomats a reminder of the colourful prose and no-nonsense authority they may soon miss.

   A veteran of the long-running dispute between the West and Iran over its contentious nuclear programme,  the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency  urged the 35-nation governing body to “put (your) heads together to break the logjam,” on the same day that Tehran submitted a package of proposals to foreign powers.

from The Great Debate:

Nuclear power: pros and cons

As part of the Reuters Summit on global climate and alternative energy, Reuters.com asked Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club and Ian Hore-Lacy, director of public communication for the World Nuclear Association to discuss the role of nuclear energy. Here are their responses.

(Carl Pope's rebuttal was posted at 8:30 a.m. ET on September 10.)

from The Great Debate UK:

Nuclear power: pros and cons

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Original Post Text:
As part of the Reuters Summit on global climate and alternative energy, Reuters.com asked Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club and Ian Hore-Lacy, director of public communication for the World Nuclear Association to discuss the role of nuclear energy. Here are their responses.

(Carl Pope's rebuttal was posted at 8:30 a.m. ET on September 10.)

from DealZone:

Deals du Jour

An employee checks a halogen low energy consumption light bulb at an Osram factory in Molsheim, eastern France December 11, 2008. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE)Japan's Toshiba Corp (6502.T) is lining up a bid for French nuclear group Areva's (CEPFi.PA) power grid that could be worth over $5 billion according to Reuters sources.

The private banking assets of Dutch bank ING (ING.AS) are the subject of up to five bids which may reach $2 billion, sources familiar with the deal said. Swiss firm Julius Baer (BAER.VX) and Singapore's DBS (DBSM.SI) have been identified to Reuters as definite bidders in the process.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Graphic: Pakistani nuclear facilities

from AxisMundi Jerusalem:

Israel’s Chosen Weapon Against Iran– memory sticks?

IRAN-ELECTION/FACEBOOKYesterday Reuters reported US President Barack Obama emphatically stating that Joe Biden's comments this week on ABC were not a "green light" to Israel to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities. Yet he did reiterrate Biden's argument that Washington cannot "dictate to other countries what their security interests are."

If Israel were to decide to try to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities, how might it do that? It sounds almost like something from a spy novel, but Reuters' Dan Williams reports that Israel may use "cyber warfare" to accomplish that goal.

from Global News Journal:

Nuclear heats up German election campaign

A technical fault at a German nuclear power station has thrown a spotlight on one of the few issues that divide the two main parties before September's election -- atomic energy.

But the anti-nuclear Social Democrats (SPD), who have shared power with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives since 2005, may be disappointed if they had hoped to win votes from it.

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