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25 years on, Chernobyl fallout still an eco-hazard

CHERNOBYL, Ukraine (AFP) – Fallout from Chernobyl remains a poorly-investigated hazard for the environment a quarter of a century after the disaster, say experts. According to anecdotal evidence, animals such as beavers, deer, wild horses, hawks and eagles have returned in abundance to Chernobyl’s 30-kilometre (18-mile) exclusion zone since humans…

Hundreds in Tunisia protest political exclusion

TUNIS — Hundreds of supporters of ousted Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s party held a protest in Tunis Saturday, the first since his toppling in January, against their exclusion from politics. “No to exclusion” and “Tunisia is for everyone”, chanted the group — backers of the Rally for…

Coast Guard promises greater media access to Gulf exclusion zone, but there’s a catch

After intense public outcry over members of the press being fined and prosecuted for walking within 20 meters of oil boom or spill response operations, U.S. authorities promised Tuesday that reporters and photographers would be given increased access. Of course, there seems to be a catch. The spill response operations…

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