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All Belgians to get iodine pills in case of nuclear accident
All Belgians to get iodine pills in case of nuclear accident

Belgium is to provide iodine pills to its entire population to protect it against radioactivity in case of a nuclear accident.

All Belgians to get iodine pills in case of nuclear accident
New Zealand bans 'zero hour' contracts
New Zealand bans 'zero hour' contracts

New Zealand has passed legislation banning 'zero hour' contractsto end the use of deals criticised as exploitative.

New Zealand bans 'zero hour' contracts
Pamela Anderson urges Russia to save whales
Pamela Anderson urges Russia to save whales

Pamela Anderson urges Russia to save whales
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Russia sends Kazakhstan five air defence missile systems for free

Kazakhstan’s Air Defence Forces have received five air defence missile systems from Russia.

Russia sends Kazakhstan five air defence missile systems for free
Security for British Jews to be tightened says Cameron
Security for British Jews to be tightened says Cameron

Britain is to step up police patrols in areas with high Jewish populations, Prime Minister David Cameron said.

Security for British Jews to be tightened says Cameron
Hong Kong protesters on hunger strike after violent clashes
Hong Kong protesters on hunger strike after violent clashes

Joshua Wong, the teenage face of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, and two other student demonstrators went on hunger strike.

Hong Kong protesters on hunger strike after violent clashes
Australia's angry birds swoop to protect young
Australia's angry birds swoop to protect young

Every year in spring, Australians are seen wearing bicycle helmets with spikes on top or caps that have images of eyes on their back.

Australia's angry birds swoop to protect young
Actor and director Ben Affleck. ©REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Ben Affleck defends Muslims on US TV talk show

Ben Affleck has delivered a spirited defense of Muslims worldwide on a TV talk show hosted by a fellow liberal with little time for the Islamic faith.

Ben Affleck defends Muslims on US TV talk show
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Time for worldwide fund to save mangroves: UNEP

World lenders should set up a "Global Mangrove Fund" to protect these hotspots of biodiversity and vital sources of income.

Time for worldwide fund to save mangroves: UNEP
14 detained trying to prevent Faroe Island dolphin hunt
14 detained trying to prevent Faroe Island dolphin hunt

Fourteen animal rights activists have been detained on the Faroe island of Sandoy in the North Atlantic while trying to stop a controversial dolphin hunt.

14 detained trying to prevent Faroe Island dolphin hunt
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Mexico launches new police force to fight drug gangs

Mexico launched a new 5,000-member national police force tasked with protecting key sectors of the economy from drug gangs.

Mexico launches new police force to fight drug gangs
Mysterious source of ozone-depleting chemical baffles NASA
Mysterious source of ozone-depleting chemical baffles NASA

A chemical used in dry cleaning and fire extinguishers may have been phased out in recent years.

Mysterious source of ozone-depleting chemical baffles NASA
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Species protection needed at 78 sites: study

A scientific study out Thursday identifies 78 sites worldwide in dire need of environmental protection because they harbor species that could go extinct.

Species protection needed at 78 sites: study
Vast Antarctic sanctuary plans fail
Vast Antarctic sanctuary plans fail

Plans to create two vast ocean sanctuaries in Antarctica to protect the pristine wilderness failed Friday for a third time with Russia and China blocking the bids.

Vast Antarctic sanctuary plans fail
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Australia, US, France urge Antarctic protected areas

Australia, New Zealand, the United States, France and the EU on Wednesday stepped up pressure on Russia for a swift agreement to create vast Antarctic marine sanctuaries.

Australia, US, France urge Antarctic protected areas
Indonesia to host Miss World final despite Muslim anger
Indonesia to host Miss World final despite Muslim anger

The Miss World final takes place on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Saturday after weeks of protests from Muslim hardliners and warnings that extremists could attack the pageant.

Indonesia to host Miss World final despite Muslim anger
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Rome diverts traffic to protect Colosseum

The city of Rome from Saturday barred private vehicles from using the main road to the Colosseum in order to protect the iconic monument that has been blackened by pollution and is in a poor state.

Rome diverts traffic to protect Colosseum
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Namibia forced to roll back free condom programme

Reduced donor funding has forced the Namibian government to shrink the supply of free condoms.

Namibia forced to roll back free condom programme
Australia pledges more cash for reef starfish battle
Australia pledges more cash for reef starfish battle

Australia pledged another Aus$5 million (US$4.6 million) to the fight against a predatory starfish devastating the iconic Great Barrier Reef Thursday, revealing 100,000 of the creatures had been wiped out so far.

Australia pledges more cash for reef starfish battle
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Katon-Karagay Park in Kazakhstan may become part of UNESCO reserves network

Thr Ministry of Environment Protection of Kazakhstan is going to submit an application to include the Katon-Karagay National Park into the UNESCO list of world heritage sites.

Katon-Karagay Park in Kazakhstan may become part of UNESCO reserves network