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Australian navy discovers huge heroin haul

An Australian navy ship seized and destroyed nearly half a ton of heroin valued at $91m hidden in a fishing boat in the northern Indian Ocean, the ship’s captain said on Wednesday. The captain of the HMAS Melbourne, Commander Bill Waters, said he sent a search party onto the vessel …

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Gardening trends a killer for cacti

Illegal trade in cactus plants for gardening has contributed to bringing 31% of the world’s cactus species to the brink of extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said on Monday in Gland, Switzerland. Harvesting of plants for food and medicine, as well as land development, are additional …

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19 EU countries aim to block GM crop cultivation

More than two thirds of the European Union’s member states want to block the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops on their territory. Nineteen out of the EU’s 28 countries have filed the necessary paperwork under new rules that make it easier for governments to ban genetically modified organisms, EU …

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New proposal to save rhinos

A new plan, that proposes a non-compulsory tourist donation to save rhinos from extinction, is under discussion. “I am sick to death of pro and anti-trade people fighting among each other at the expense of rhinos dying,” Braam Malherbe, the biodiversity director at non-profit organisation Accountability Now told News24. “For …

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Seven dead in south China explosions

Chinese police have arrested a man in connection with explosions at public buildings that killed at least seven people on Wednesday in southern China’s Guangxi province, state media reports said. At least 51 more were injured and two are still missing in the explosions, the official news agency Xinhua reported. The …

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Turtle-eating sharks help slow global warming

Sharks help to reduce global warming by eating sea turtles and other creatures that consume carbon-rich sea grasses, an Australian scientist said on Tuesday. Marine ecologist Peter Macreadie of Deakin University in Melbourne examined the effect on sea grasses in Shark Bay, Western Australia, after an extensive local shark culling …

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China leads tourism slump

A comparison between June 2014 and June 2015 shows that, with the exception of France, the number of tourists decreased for all the other nine leading overseas countries, according to data released by Statistics SA on Monday. China had the largest decrease of 28.4% – from 5 823 tourists in …

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Smoker-friendly Japan considers restrictions

Smoking could get tougher in Japan ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, as members of the ruling party outlined a bill to restrict the practice in public places, a report said on Thursday. Japan is one of the more smoker-friendly countries, with people often seen lighting up in bars, fast …

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Gabriel red card overturned

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Arsenal defender Gabriel had his red card against Chelsea overturned on Tuesday. The FA upheld a claim from Arsenal of wrongful dismissal following the sending-off, which occurred in a contentious battle at Stamford Bridge As a result, Gabriel’s three-match suspension was rescinded but he remains subject to a charge of improper conduct. …

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