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International News Archive - December 17, 2011

Japanese PM Declares ‘Cold Shutdown’ At Fukushima, Some Remain Skeptical

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced Friday that Fukushima’s nuclear reactors have finally been stabilized after a catastrophic earthquake-tsunami combination in March led to dangerous radiation leaks and mass evacuations.

Word of the Day
postliminy
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.