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08 Nov

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Nuclear waste arrives in Germany

 
 
More than 100 tonnes of waste arrives in Dannenburg after large-scale protests delayed the shipment for days.
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2010 14:51 GMT

Police had to move thousands of protesters from the train tracks to allow the convoy to pass [Reuters] 

A train carrying nuclear waste has arrived in Dannenburg, Germany, following days of protests that caused major delays to the shipment.

The convoy, containing some 123 tonnes of nuclear waste from a French processing plant, neared the end of its journey on Monday morning after police moved around 3,000 protesters who had blocked the train tracks.

The waste is now being loaded onto trucks for a final 20km trip to a storage site at Gorleben, although some reports suggest the road is being blocked by another 1,600 activists.

However police spokesman said no disruption is expected during the loading operation.

“The unloading station is surrounded by a high fence and so we do not think there will be major disturbances,” a spokesman was quoted by the AFP news agency as saying.

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No more rage against the machine

Mark LeVine 08 Nov 2010 13:22 GMT
Where is the anger at the horrors revealed in the latest Wikileaks Iraq war logs?………………………
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In search of climate justice

08 Nov 2010 11:33 GMT
Thousands of Bangladeshi fishermen have died as a result of weather conditions many attribute to climate change………………………….

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Anglican bishops to join Catholic church (new)

Five bishops are to join the Roman Catholic Church under a Vatican scheme for disaffected Anglicans………………………………………..

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School highlights achievements of world’s leading gay figures

 By Richard Garner, Education Editor, Monday, 8 November 2010 

GETTY
Stoke Newington School is emphasising the contributions of, among others, Richard the Lionheart and Elton John 
“What,” asks the teacher, “have Sir Elton John, Alexander the Great, William Shakespeare and Clare Balding got in common?” 

Other slides flash up at the front of the class: Sir Ian McKellen, Julius Caesar, Martina Navratilova, Richard the Lionheart, Oscar Wilde and Pam St Clement (EastEnders’ Pat Butcher). 

After some discussion, the answer arrives: they are all gay, lesbian or bisexual – Shakespeare is said to have been bisexual, this class is told – and they all feature in a new drive pioneered at a north London comprehensive which is trying to stamp out homophobic bullying. …………………………….

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Gay bishop to retire after death threats take toll

Monday, 8 November 2010

The first openly gay bishop in the Anglican Communion will retire in 2013, due in part to the “constant strain” on him and his family from the worldwide backlash against his election seven years ago………………………

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Primary beneficiaries: Children at a Havana school, who salute every day while chanting 'Pioneers for Communism, we will be like Che', are part of an education system set up by Fidel Castro in 1960

Latin lessons: What can we learn from the world’s most ambitious literacy campaign?

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Fifty years ago this month, Cuba committed itself to teach every citizen basic literacy. Today, the country’s education system is the envy of the rest of the world. Nina Lakhani travels to Havana to discover the story behind the success – and ask why some believe that cracks are starting to show…………………………..

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In pictures: Re-wilding

Reclaiming the forests for nature

Photographs from the rewilding project at Ennerdale Valley, in the Lake District, where nature is reconditioning the area free from human intervention

Wild Ennerdale forest : Joe Cornish, capturing the spirit and atmosphere

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Noa Ben Hagai

My family, the enemy

Israeli film-maker Noa Ben-Hagai sought out a long lost great-aunt and found Palestinian Arab cousins …………………………………….

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