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N-power after Fukushima

China is to approve new nuclear power plants as part of plans to reduce reliance on oil and coal, ending the moratorium it imposed to review safety in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster last year.

The government's decision that nuclear power is safe for China takes the country in the opposite direction from some developed nations, such as Germany which, after Fukushima, decided to speed its complete phase-out of nuclear power. Japan is planning to phase it out by 2040.



Nurse tried to smuggle coins

An American caught trying to leave Macedonia with 256 ancient coins has been convicted of breaking the country's strict law protecting its archaeological heritage and given a two-year suspended sentence.

The court in Skopje also banned 45-year-old Candace Dunlap, a nurse from Meridianville, Alabama, from returning to Macedonia for 10 years.

Dunlap was arrested at the country's main airport. Local media said the coins were up to 2,200 years old. She said she was given the coins by a Macedonian man as a present and was unaware of any wrongdoing.



¤23k reward as girl kidnapped

A $30,000 (¤23,000) reward is being offered for information leading to the safe return of a 10-month-old girl abducted from an apartment in a Philadelphia suburb where her grandmother was killed.

Saanvi Venna has been missing since her 61-year-old grandmother, Satyavathi Venna, was killed inside the King of Prussia apartment while babysitting. Investigators believe the abduction happened between 8am and 1pm on Monday.



Voting veteran dies aged 93

A Second World War veteran who inspired many with his determination to vote even though he had end-stage liver cancer.

Frank Tanabe died at 93 in Honolulu. Election officials said his vote would be counted unless they received his death certificate before the November 6 US election and were able to single out his ballot.


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