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RAF to airlift food to livestock stranded in Northern Ireland due to cold snap

An RAF Chinook helicopter will carry out food drops for livestock stranded by huge snow drifts in remote areas of Northern Ireland during an emergency operation on Tuesday. Estimates suggest up to 10,000 animals have been buried beneath drifts that have reached up to 18 feet (5.5 metres) in parts…

Climate change impacting worldwide wine production

It’s circa 2050 and shoppers are stopping off at Ikea to buy fine wine made in Sweden. A Nordic fantasy? Not according to climate experts who say the Earth’s warming phase is already driving a wave of change through the world of wine. As new frontiers for grape growing open…

U.S. corporation to take over UK government search and rescue operations

US-based transport company Bristow Group is to take over Britain’s helicopter search and rescue operations, the government announced Tuesday. The 10-year contract for the Texas firm, worth £1.6 billion, will end 70 years of search and rescue operations by the RAF and Royal Navy squadrons. The deal, starting from 2015,…

Thailand seizes 104 smuggled endangered pangolins

The Thai navy on Tuesday said it had intercepted wildlife traffickers attempting to smuggle 104 endangered pangolins to China on the Mekong river. The creatures, prized for their skin, scales and meat and hunted extensively in Southeast Asia, are believed to have originated in Malaysia or southern Thailand. “The pangolins…

Bank of Cyprus chairman resigns in wake of international bailout deal

The chairman of the Bank of Cyprus has resigned in the wake of an international bailout deal that hits the island’s biggest lender, state media reported on Tuesday. The Cyprus News Agency said the bank’s chairman Andreas Artemis had tendered his resignation and it would go before the board later…

General John Allen: U.S. will keep presence in Afghanistan after 2014

The US and its allies will retain a presence in Afghanistan big enough to bolster Afghan forces after the withdrawal of international combat troops at the end of 2014, the recently retired commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, said on Monday. Speaking in Washington, Allen said he had never been…

Hundreds of thousands of Californians face tsunami risk: report

More than a quarter of a million Californians live in coastal areas which could be hit by devastating floods from a major tsunami in the quake-prone US state, a new study says. The US Geological Survey (USGS) study, published to mark Tsunami Awareness Week, says tidal waves of eight meters…

Journalist claims Washington Post killed article on Iraq war media failures

The Washington Post has been accused by a journalist of spiking a piece he was commissioned to write about the US media’s failures in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. Greg Mitchell, a veteran journalist and author (see here), claims his assigned piece for the Post was killed and…

Western powers face criticism over United Nations arms treaty

More than 100 countries complained Monday that talks on a conventional arms trade treaty had gone “backwards” from a vow to conclude a strong accord on the $80 billion a year trade. The major western powers, which expressed confidence that an accord could be reached, face tough criticism over the…

Supporters and foes of same sex marriage to rally at Supreme Court

Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage are prepared to turn out in force in Washington on Tuesday, when the US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a landmark case. Over two days, lawyers from both sides of the emotionally-charged debate over marriage equality will put their cases before the nine…

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