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Fireworks banned on the Galapagos to protect wildlife

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The study of the local fauna helped the development of Darwin's Theory of Evolution The authorities in the Galapagos islands have banned the sale and use of fireworks in the archipelago to protect its unique fauna. Fireworks that produce light but no sound have been excluded from the…
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Mount Etna erupts in Sicily amid dozens of tremors

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Lava and smoke could be seen on Etna on Monday Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna in Sicily, erupted on Monday, with officials reporting more than 130 earthquakes of up to 4.3 in magnitude.The Mount Etna observatory said lava had spewed from a new fracture near its south-eastern crater.A local…
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Paul Whelan: Russia rules out prisoner swap for ex-US Marine

Image copyright Whelan family Image caption The Whelan family released an undated photo of Paul Whelan Russia has dismissed suggestions that a former US marine accused of spying could be involved in a prisoner swap.Paul Whelan, 48, was detained in Moscow last month. His family says he was simply visiting Russia to attend a wedding.His…
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South Africa: Taking on a mining giant and winning

Image copyright BBC Sport Image caption Xolobeni in the Eastern Cape region is home to an unspoiled landscape A small South African community has won a decade-long fight to prevent the construction of a titanium mine on its ancestral land, writes the BBC's Pumza Fihlani after visiting the area. The lush fields and hillsides are…
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Louisiana shootings: Five killed and suspect at large

Image copyright Livingston Parish Sheriff Image caption Police are searching for the suspect, identified as Dakota Theriot Police in the US state of Louisiana are searching for a gunman suspected of killing five people in two separate but related shootings.The shootings happened in the parishes of Ascension and Livingston, south of the state capital of…
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General Joseph Votel breaks rank with Trump over Syria

Image copyright EPA Image caption Joseph Votel is the top general overseeing US military actions in the Middle East As President Donald Trump is due to declare the end of Islamic State (IS), the top US general in the Middle East says he disagrees with the decision.Gen Joseph Votel told CNN that IS militants were…