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Philippine gunmen free U.S. hostage

Kidnappers in a lawless part of the Philippines have freed an American woman after more than two months in captivity, but held on to her son and nephew, according to authorities. Gerfa Yeatts Lunsmann, her 14-year-old son Kevin and her Filipino teenage nephew were abducted on July 12 on a resort island…

World’s oldest panda, 34, dies in China

BEIJING (AFP) – Ming Ming, the world’s oldest panda, has died of old age, Chinese state media reported on Tuesday. She was 34. Ming Ming was rescued in Pingwu country in the southwest province Sichuan in 1977 and had resided in Xiangjiang Wild Animal World, a safari park in southern…

Despite oil, baby turtles being released to Gulf

Federal biologists are releasing thousands of endangered baby sea turtles into the western Gulf of Mexico, betting that by the time the silver dollar-sized swimmers make it to the oil-fouled waters of the eastern Gulf, BP will have cleaned up its goopy mess. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and…

Oscar-winning film-makers deny ‘Japan-bashing’

HOLLYWOOD (AFP) – – The director of Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” said the recent death of a trainer at SeaWorld in Florida proved whales and dolphins should not be held in captivity. Speaking after collecting his Oscar at the Kodak Theater, Louie Psihoyos said the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau…

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