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Kenya’s rare white female giraffe ‘killed by poachers’

Death of giraffe and her calf leave just one male specimen alive Kenya’s only female white giraffe and her calf have been killed by poachers, conservationists have said, in a major blow to conservation of the rare animals found nowhere else in the world. The bodies of the two giraffes were found “in a skeletal […]

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Coronavirus: travel industry crisis sparks comparisons to 9/11 aftermath

As workers limit travel and would-be vacationers stay home, airlines, hotels and cruise companies face bleak outlook A flight between Shanghai and Chongqing now costs $4, about the price of a tall latte at Starbucks. Flights from New York to Miami were on offer for $51 last week, roughly the same as the cab fare […]

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Leaked coronavirus plan to quarantine 16m sparks chaos in Italy

Thousands tried to flee south after decree to confine people until 3 April was revealed Italy experienced its highest day-on-day rise in deaths from coronavirus on Sunday and was plunged into chaos after details of a plan to quarantine more than 16 million people were leaked to the press, sending thousands into panic as they tried […]

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Oil price plunges almost 30% as Saudis vow to step up production

Move follows Russian refusal to join Opec-led production cut aimed at keeping prices high The price of crude oil has plunged by almost 27% after Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, said it would step up production from next month, flooding global markets and most likely depressing petrol and diesel prices. A barrel of Brent […]

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Bombs from all sides and jets overhead: Inside Idlib, Syria’s final war frontier

Most of the millions living in Idlib have already been displaced from other parts of the country, and now live in fear of Assad’s next move, Borzou Daragahi reports from inside the province The displaced are sheltering beneath the trees of the olive groves of Idlib province. They are also massed at the camps alongside the border with Turkey, but they […]

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Saudi Arabia ‘arrests royal family members’

Those detained reportedly include a brother of King Salman Saudi Arabia has detained at least two members of the country’s royal family, according to reports. The arrests included Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, a younger full brother of King Salman and uncle of the de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, two sources with knowledge of the matter told […]

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Turkey claims killing 21 Syrian troops in retaliation for death of two soldiers

As Turkey-Russia ceasefire is agreed, Ankara says it acted after two of its troops were killed by Syrian government forces in Idlib The Turkish military has killed 21 Syrian troops after two Turkish soldiers were killed in Idlib earlier, the state news agency reported on Friday, citing the Turkish defence ministry. On Thursday, two soldiers […]

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Dubai ruler organised kidnapping of his children, UK court rules

Ruling backs Princess Haya’s claim that husband Sheikh Mohammed intimidated her The ruler of Dubai orchestrated the abductions of two of his children – one from the streets of Cambridge – and subjected his youngest wife to a campaign of “intimidation”, a damning UK family court judgment has found. In findings that risk destabilising diplomatic relations with […]

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One in five Europeans exposed to harmful noise pollution – study

Estimated 113 million people across continent affected by road noise at unhealthy levels One in five Europeans is exposed to harmful levels of noise pollution, and this number is set to rise in the next decade, with road traffic the biggest culprit, a new study has shown. Excessive noise can cause physical and mental illness, and […]

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Hong Kong warns residents not to kiss pets after dog contracts coronavirus

Pomeranian tested a ‘weak positive’ for virus after owner was infected, authorities say Hong Kong authorities have warned people to avoid kissing their pets, but also to not panic and abandon them after a dog repeatedly tested “weak positive” for coronavirus. The Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said experts unanimously agreed the results suggested […]

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