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‘Extinct’ turtle species actually never existed, scientists say

A Seychelles freshwater turtle species declared extinct after decades of futile searches, in fact never existed, scientists said Thursday. While Man has the extinction of several turtle and tortoise species on his conscience, DNA evidence has now cleared him of exterminating Pelusios seychellensis, a team from Germany and Austria wrote…

Climate change threatens Seychelles habitat

Bursts of torrential rain lash the idyllic white beaches of theSeychelles, where conservationists fear that rare species such as the giant tortoise are at severe risk from climate change. As changing season patterns bring harsher storms and much longer dry spells, international organisations are helping fight climate change in the tiny nation, the only one…

Costa cruise ship adrift off Seychelles

An Italian cruise ship from the same fleet as the tragedy-struckCosta Concordia was adrift on Tuesday in pirate-infested seas off the Seychelles with no power and with more than 1,000 people on board. A blaze in the engine room of the Costa Allegra saw the liner stranded in the dangerous and choppy Indian Ocean seas and it…

Seychelles drone crash raises more questions about security

U.S. officials said Tuesday that another drone aircraft has mysteriously crashed, this time while on routine patrol around the small island nation of Seychelles, east of Africa. It’s the second U.S. drone to crash this month: less than two weeks ago a drone went down in Iran, where officials there…

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