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Activists try to stop German nuclear waste train

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Hundreds of anti-nuclear protestors have tried to stop a shipment of toxic waste in the last stages of its journey across Germany by train.

Sixty tons of material are making their way from the western city of Karlsruhe to Lubmin, the main processing facility in eastern Germany.

Some activists argued with police. Others even chained themselves to the tracks.

Hundreds of police officers travelled in the wagons themselves to keep the train on the rails.

There are regular nuclear shipments across Germany.

Campaigners say they have been fired up by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent decision to prolong the life of the country’s 17 nuclear power plants.