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Oct 21, 2011

Gaddafi’s children in exile, on the run, or dead

LONDON (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s eight children, whose pampered lives ranged from security chief and U.N. goodwill ambassador to playboy and professional footballer, earned reputations for extravagance, violence and bizarre behavior almost equaling their father’s.

Amid the chaos of war, three now appear to be dead like the deposed Libyan leader himself, four are scattered in exile and one remains on the run, their lives of privilege disrupted or ended by the collapse of Gaddafi senior’s 42-year rule.

Mar 22, 2011

German nuclear plants need rapid decisions -Merkel

BERLIN, March 22 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel
promised on Tuesday an early decision on the fate of Germany’s
nuclear power stations and refused to say whether seven reactors
shut after Japan’s crisis would ever reopen.

Merkel, whose party faces tough elections this weekend in
states where anti-nuclear sentiment is strong, also signalled
that safety checks on atomic plants might affect their life
spans, which her cabinet agreed to extend only last autumn.

Mar 22, 2011

German nuclear plants face tougher safety rules

BERLIN, March 22 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel
summoned state premiers on Tuesday to tackle what are likely to
be tougher safety rules for nuclear power plants after the
Japanese crisis as well as a faster transition to green energy.

Merkel, along with her environment and economy ministers, is
meeting chiefs of the five states that host atomic power
stations for a second time since she suspended her nuclear
policy and ordered the closure of seven plants that opened
before 1980 for safety checks.

Mar 21, 2011

Merkel party hold onto German state, battle looms

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives are set to keep control in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt, provisional election results showed, but they face a much tougher credibility test next week.

Saxony-Anhalt marked the first of three provincial polls on consecutive Sundays, and Merkel still risks suffering a major setback in the much bigger Baden-Wuerttemberg state on March 27, despite a nuclear policy U-turn and military opt-out in Libya.

Mar 20, 2011

Merkel party set to hold onto German state

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives appeared set to keep control in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt, election projections showed on Sunday, but face a much tougher credibility test next week.

Saxony-Anhalt marked the first of three provincial polls this weekend and next, and Merkel still risks suffering a major setback in the much bigger Baden-Wuerttemberg state on March 27, despite a nuclear policy U-turn and military opt-out in Libya.

Mar 20, 2011

Merkel faces German electoral stress test

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel began an electoral stress test on Sunday, with the first of three state polls when she may suffer a major setback despite a nuclear policy U-turn and military opt-out in Libya.

Voters in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt get the first chance to pass judgement on Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) since they suffered a humiliating defeat in Hamburg last month.

Mar 17, 2011

Japan crisis turns Germany, Italy against nuclear

BERLIN/ROME, March 17 (Reuters) – Japan’s nuclear crisis
spurred German Chancellor Angela Merkel to pledge a faster shift
from nuclear power on Thursday and seemed to thwart Italy’s
plans to reintroduce atomic energy.

Several other European nations, from Finland to Switzerland,
have turned more sceptical about nuclear energy after Friday’s
earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima plant in the
world’s worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl
disaster. [ID:nLDE72F28D]

Mar 17, 2011

Merkel aims to speed Germany’s nuclear energy exit

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she aimed to accelerate Germany’s move away from nuclear energy after Japan’s crisis, and dismissed accusations that she may have closed seven atomic plants illegally.

Merkel, who this week backtracked on an unpopular decision last year to extend the life of aging nuclear stations, said nuclear technology remained a transitional source of affordable power while renewable energy sources were developed further.

Mar 16, 2011

Japan nuclear fears boost German Greens before vote

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, March 16 (Reuters) – Support for Germany’s
anti-nuclear Greens has grown before crucial state elections,
while Chancellor Angela Merkel faced criticism from the right on
Wednesday for shutting down seven reactors after Japan’s crisis.

Merkel finds herself in a squeeze, with the opposition
demanding a new law to close the seven power stations for good
and the pro-business right insisting she reopen them as soon as
a three-month moratorium expires, if they pass safety tests.

Mar 15, 2011

Germany to shut down pre-1980 nuclear plants

BERLIN, March 15 (Reuters) – Germany will shut down all
seven of its nuclear power plants that began operation before
1980 and it is unclear whether they will start up again, the
government said on Tuesday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the closures under a
nuclear policy moratorium imposed following Japan’s crisis, and
said they would be carried out by government decree as no
agreement with the plants’ operators had been reached.