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Galapágos menaced by tourist invasion

Tourism will wreck the wonders of the Galápagos – where animal and plant life is being wiped out by the arrival of aggressive new species – unless action is taken soon, writes Carole Cadwalladr Opening what looks like the drawer of an office filing cabinet, Gustavo Jimenez, a scientist at…

Prince Philip leaves hospital

Britain’s Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, left hospital on Saturday after five days of treatment for a bladder infection that sparked concerns for the 90-year-old’s health. The prince shook hands with staff, smiled and nodded when asked if he was feeling better as he walked out of King Edward VII Hospitalin central London just…

Toxic mushroom kills Chinese woman in Australia

A woman reported to be visiting Australia from China has died after eating a toxic Death Cap mushroom – the third such fatality in the southern nation this year. The woman, aged in her 50s, died Friday at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, two days after being admitted with severe poisoning due to ingestion of the…

Jews and Arabs march to mark 45 years of Israeli occupation

Hundreds of Jews and Arabs marched in Tel Aviv on Saturday night to mark the 45th anniversary of the Six-Day War in which Israelseized the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, Israeli media reported. The left-leaning Haaretz newspaper’s website said around 1,000 people marched from the city’s Rabin Square. Israeli army radio said “hundreds” took part under the banner…

Karzai says NATO to end air strikes on residential areas

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that the US commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan had “promised” air strikes on residential areas would stop after apologising for recentcivilian deaths. Karzai met General John Allen, commander of NATO’sInternational Security Assistance Force (ISAF), and US Ambassador Ryan Crocker days after a strike in Logar province, which Afghan officials say killed 18…

LGBT march key tolerance test for EU-bound Croatia

Hundreds of riot police were on guard Saturday as Croatia’s second city hosted a gay parade seen as a test of tolerance in the EU-bound country after violence last year left a dozen people injured. More than 500 people — many carrying the rainbow flags which are symbol of gay activism — set off from…

Peru police find helicopter crash as any survivors unknown

Police searchers on Saturday found the helicopter that vanished in the Peruvian Andes with 14 people aboard, but do not know yet if there are survivors, Police General Hector Dulanto told AFP. A team of police mountain climbers found the helicopter crash site at 4,900 meters (16,000 feet) above sea level at mid-morning near Mount Mamarosa, Dulanto, a regional…

ICC: Four International Criminal Court staff held in Libya

Four International Criminal Court staff have been arrested in Libyaduring a visit to arrange the defence for slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi’s detained son Seif al-Islam, the tribunal said Saturday. A commander with the Zintan brigade, the former rebel fighters who captured Seif and are still holding him, said one of the lawyers with the group had been arrested…

Leaked Vatican letters reveal plot to oust banker

Vatican bank board members plotted to oust their director, letters leaked to an Italian newspaper on Saturday showed, as prosecutors investigated possible money-laundering operations at the bank. The board dismissed Ettore Gotti Tedeschi on May 24, a day before Vatican police arrested Pope Benedict XVI’s butler for allegedly leaking sensitive…

France to quit Afghanistan by the end of 2012

French President Francois Hollande said Saturday that France would begin its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan next month and complete it by the end of the year. Speaking after the death of four French soldiers in a Taliban attack, he said France would pay a “national homage” to the men. He…

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