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California wildfire spreads quickly over 47,000 acres

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The Rocky Fire exploded overnight, burning 47,000 acres and threatening 6,000 structures in northern California. The fire forced the closing of several state highways in the area. The fire was just 5 percent contained; about 12,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes. Nearly 2,000 firefighters were working, and more were expected. The […]

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Charges brought over killing of Zimbabwe’s famous ‘Cecil’

A professional hunter and a land owner who helped a US tourist to kill Zimbabwe’s most famous lion have appeared in court . Theo Bronkhorst was charged with failing to prevent an unlawful hunt. His co-accused will be charged later. The death of the 13-year-old animal named Cecil has caused widespread revulsion at trophy hunting. […]



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MIDDLE EAST – The Kurds: The world’s largest stateless nation

Turkey has launched strikes on the Kurdish PKK – which has fought for an independent state within Turkey for decades – as part of a crackdown on “terrorists”, including the IS group. But is Ankara using regional unrest to take on the Kurds? The Kurds have emerged as the West’s most effective partner in the […]


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PETA president calls for dentist who killed Cecil the Lion to be ‘extradited, charged and preferably hanged’

Animal rights group PETA is calling for a trophy-seeking Minnesota dentist to be “extradited, charged, and preferably hanged” after he paid $50,000 to hunt and kill Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. Walter Palmer and his hunting guides reportedly tied an animal carcass to the back of their truck and lured Cecil out of Hwange National […]