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Dear Friday, it's been a week since we've spoken,
but I just wanted to say you are awesome. This is CNN Student News.
We're starting in the Middle East today. Our first story is from Iran.
Since last summer, we've been reporting on a controversial nuclear deal
between Iran and several other countries lead by the US.
The agreement removed international sanctions on Iran
allowing billions of dollars to flow into its economy.
In exchange, Iran is required to significantly limit its nuclear program.
But while supporters and critics butted heads in the U. S.
about whether this agreement was acceptable the deal was controversial in Iran too.
And with the nation voting today on the makeup of it's parliament.
It's Iran's first parliamentary election after the nuclear deal went into effect.
Fred Pleitgen is there, in the Iranian capital,
reporting on how the issue factors into the vote.
Campaigning Iranian style.
Volunteers for the reform movement hand out fliers in Tehran's traffic.
They say they're confident but not certain they'll win.
It's unclear what will happen because the Iranians
only make up their minds in the last minute, he says.
But the moderates position is much better than that of the conservatives.
Tehran is plastered with election posters
as a fierce battle between the reformers around President Hassan Rouhani
and conservatives around the powerful clergy unfold.
Many observers view the upcoming elections as extremely important,
and also as a referendum on Hassan Rouhani's policies
of opening Iran up to the west.
The divisions were exacerbated by the recent nuclear agreement
designed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons
in return for sanctions relief.
We support the Rouhani government and the nuclear deal, the informist says.
We should have a parliament to support and not to block Rouhani's policies.
But many conservatives view that as a threat.
Death to America, they chant at this hard line rally.
They believe Iran has opened itself to American infiltration
with the nuclear agreement.
We consider the nuclear deal to be American interference, she says,
and we will fight against it and hopefully defeat it.
Our nation will not allow America to influence our affairs.
The decisions Iranians voters make this Friday
could do more than just alter the make- up of its Parliament.
It could also influence the country's course towards the west
and, some believe, the stability of its political system.
Crossing the Persian Gulf, we come to the United Arab Emirates;
a nation a little larger than South Carolina.
While the U. S. state gets more than 50 inches of rainfall each year,
the UAE only gets between four and six.
The vast majority of its land is desert.
Yes, it borders the Persian Gulf and it has a massive desalination plant
to remove the salt from the sea.
But without a fresh water source, there are no lakes or rivers in the UAE,
officials have the challenge of meeting the growing nation's needs for H2O.
There is a way to make it rain, or more specifically, to make it rain more.
It's risky, it's not cheap and it requires flying a plane into the center of a storm.
At a remote airstrip outside Abu Dhabi.
New Zealander pilot Mike Anstes, is setting off to do something most
would consider impossible in a desert. He's hoping to make it rain.
Mike is cloud seeding. Okay, I'm going to fire this guys.
He does it by firing salt compounds into the air to increase rainfall.
On the wings of the aircraft, we've got flares which, when we fire the flares,
it burns and emits a smoke.
That smoke then attracts water vapor, creating bigger droplets.
The flares, though are only effective if launched from the inside
of certain, thick clouds. If you don't like turbulence this is definitely not the flight
for you because when you're cloud seeding, pilots like Mike here,
they don't avoid storms. They head right to the heart of them.
Our plane is tossed around in the wind.
That's the updraft. Side to side. Whoa. Up, and down.
Wow, we're dropping. There is a calculated risk associated with this.
We do have to know when it's time to bail out.
How's the weather up there, research. On the ground, scientists at the country's meteorology
center track the flight. So, enjoy the weather out the long is.
They started cloud seeding 15 years ago.
To help sustain a growing population in the UAE,
one of the world's top consumers of water.
Last year, they flew more than 150 flights,
each costs around $ 5, 000, but they say it's cheaper
and greener than operating desalination plants.
UAE's main source of fresh water.
All the material that we use is environmental it's salt.
Very small, small, small amount that is not affecting the environment.
And it may be working. Rain's starting to come here on the window.
Back where Mike first tried flares a heavy downpour pounds the plane.
It's a natural rain, but we're trying to increase it.
Scientists are still studying how much water cloud seeding makes,
and the long term effects on mother nature.
But in a region where annual rainfall is just around three inches,
rain makers like Mike say this may be the best way to sustain life in the desert.
John Jenson, CNN, somewhere over the UAE.
Now for three of the schools that requested a spot on our roll call.
We found them all on yesterday's transcript page at cnnstudentnews. com.
We're starting in Jafair, Bahrain. Hello to everyone watching at Bahrain Middle High School.
Great to see you. Moving to the capital of Indiana,
Ben Davis High School is watching from Indianapolis,
the Giants are towering over the Hoosier state.
And in the northeastern state of New Hampshire,
the capital is Concord, and the Crimson Tide is at Concord High School.
What happened in rough water yesterday off New York's Rockaway Beach
was a strong reminder of the risks
that the Coast Guard takes when making a rescue.
An urgent call came in at two in the morning.
A 76 foot fishing boat had run aground and was taking on water.
It had seven people aboard and you can see it was close to shore.
But the position of the boat in ten foot waves
made it hard and dangerous for the sailors to get out themselves.
Five Coast Guard members tried to rescue them by sea.
But their boat capsized in the waves.
They were all wearing protective gear and were able to swim in themselves.
But the initial problem remains, rescuers had to find another way to get the fisherman.
So the Coast Guard then tried and succeeded by air,
lowering a basket by helicopter to get the stranded men off of the boat.
The Coast Guard said that if the tide didn't carry the damaged vessel
away from shore the plan was to tow it back out to sea.
As for the capsized rescue boat, it was eventually recovered on the beach.
Before we go, what's cuter than a kitten? Mustache kitten.
This is Sally Ann, though they probably could rename her
Charlie as in Chaplin, or Groucho as in Marx.
Her unusual but natural markings make her the pick of the litter.
And even though she's a rescue, you're seeing her at a shelter in California,
her sweet disposition and one- of- a- kind facial features
are expected to land her a new home at any moment.
Simply mew- tiful. A great way to wear a mew- stache.
Some might say it's a fashion fur paux, or that it's un- cattering,
but honestly they're just being catty. It's clearly haute couture,
or simply put, the cat's meow. I'm Carl Azuz for CNN Student Mee- ws.
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