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Rare Sumatran tiger found dead in Indonesia

A critically endangered Sumatran tiger has died after being caught in a hunter's trap on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, an official said Wednesday.

Concerns grow for Arctic beluga whale in Thames estuary

Concerns were growing Wednesday for a beluga whale spotted in the River Thames estuary outside London, thousands of kilometres (miles) from the cherished white species' natural home in Arctic waters.

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Ending decades of doubt, 'biggest bird' dispute put to nest

After more than a century of conflicting evidence, Anglo-French animosity and a H.G. Wells novella involving murder most fowl, scientists said Wednesday they have finally solved the riddle of the world's largest bird.

NASA sees its stalled Martian robot, but still no signals

NASA scientists can now see their solar-powered probe that was lost in a Martian dust storm more than 100 days ago -- but the vintage robot hasn't shown any signs of life.

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Drum lines have been deployed at the Whitsunday Islands after two tourists were mauled by sharks in separate attacks

Conservationists slam Australia shark policy as more killed

Conservationists on Monday slammed the baiting and killing of sharks at a popular Great Barrier Reef tourist spot after two swimmers were attacked, saying the policy was brutal and indiscriminate.

Tiger population nearly doubles in Nepal

Nepal's wild tiger population has nearly doubled over the last nine years, officials said Monday, in a victory for the impoverished country's drive to save the endangered big cats.

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Australia kills two sharks after tourist attacks

Two large sharks have been killed in Australia after a woman and a girl were attacked at a popular Great Barrier Reef tourist spot.

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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield -- made ??famous for his rendition of the David Bowie song "Space Oddity" while aboard the International Space Station -- strums his guitar on the ISS in this 2012 NASA photo

First to red planet will become Martians: Canada astronaut

Astronauts traveling through space on the long trip to Mars will not have the usual backup from mission control on Earth and will need to think of themselves as Martians to survive, Canada's most famous spaceman half-jokingly said Friday.

Canada regulator to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline to Pacific

The Canadian government on Friday ordered a new review of the Trans Mountain pipeline to the Pacific taking into account the impact of increased tanker traffic on endangered killer whales along the coast.

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This undated image, courtesy of the Australian National University, shows an organically preserved "Dickinsonia" fossil, which researchers in Australia say is the Earth's earliest known animal

'Fat' traces confirm weird fossils were earliest animals

A strange fossil that looks a bit like a giant leaf, or a fingerprint the size of a coffee table, has intrigued scientists for decades.

Coca-Cola, Walmart to cut plastic pollution in oceans

Coca-Cola, Walmart and other big multinationals pledged on Thursday to help reduce plastic pollution in the world's oceans in support of a campaign by five of the G7 industrialized nations.

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Self-flying glider 'learns' to soar like a bird

Scientists have created a self-flying glider that uses machine learning to navigate rising air currents, in an experiment that could help our understanding of how birds migrate.

After the storm: hardship endures for Puerto Ricans on US mainland

They arrived in New York from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island in September 2017, leaving widespread devastation in its wake and a death toll that would spiral to almost 3,000.

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Trump unveils revised US biodefense strategy

US President Donald Trump unveiled a new strategy Tuesday aimed at reducing the risks of man-made and naturally occurring biological threats.

Sri Lanka train kills mother elephant, two calves

A train transporting oil in eastern Sri Lanka hit and killed two baby elephants and their pregnant mother on Tuesday, police said, the second jumbo tragedy in a month.

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Bedraggled, displaced Americans long to return home after hurricane

In a makeshift shelter on the campus of North Carolina State University, hundreds of people who fled Hurricane Florence dream of going home, but have little idea about when that will happen, or if their homes survived the deluge.

Facing hurricane floodwaters, US town takes lessons from the past

Hidden in North Carolina's coastal plain, Contentnea Creek is a local treasure, a place to fish, paddle and birdwatch -- but after Hurricane Florence's torrential rains, the stream has morphed into a menace.

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Nine hurt in German police eviction of anti-coal protesters

Nine environmental activists were injured and 34 detained in an operation to evict protesters holed up in forest treehouses in a bid to block the expansion of an open-pit coal mine, police said Sunday.

Killer storm far from over, US officials warn as 'epic' rain falls

Authorities on Saturday warned residents displaced by a killer hurricane that its devastation was far from over, as Florence dumped "epic amounts of rainfall" across the southeastern United States, bringing catastrophic flooding and up to 13 deaths.

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NASA blasts off space laser satellite to track ice loss

NASA's most advanced space laser satellite blasted off Saturday on a mission to track ice loss around the world and improve forecasts of sea level rise as the climate warms.

NASA counts down to launch of laser study of ice sheets

NASA counted down Saturday to the launch of its $1 billion ICESat-2 mission, using advanced lasers to uncover the true depth of the melting of Earth's ice sheets.

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Optimism trumps despair at climate summit

Mayors, governors, entrepreneurs, CEOs, investors and celebrities delivered a double-edged message Friday at the close of a climate summit in San Francisco: global warming is making the planet unliveable -- but we know how to fix it.

Japan mulls next steps after whaling defeat in Brazil

The International Whaling Commission's rejection Friday of Japan's proposal to resume commercial whaling "is not the end of the story," Tokyo's whaling commissioner said at the end of a divisive meeting in Brazil.

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Russian lawmakers say  registration of US media groups is retaliation for a similar demand by Washington for the state-controlled Russia Today television

Russia to make US media register as «foreign agents»

Russian lawmakers raced Friday to draft measures requiring US media outlets to register as foreign agents, saying they could be adopted as early as next week.

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Republicans run from Senate hopeful accused of sexual contact with minor

Several Republicans on Thursday urged their party's candidate for a vacant US Senate seat to quit the race if an explosive report that he had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl is true.

Pandas have a notoriously low reproductive rate and are under pressure from factors such as habitat loss

Melania Trump meets China's furry diplomats: pandas

US First Lady Melania Trump spent some time with a couple of China's most prominent diplomats on her last day in Beijing on Friday: the pandas Meng'er and Gu Gu.