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Polish institute classifies cats as alien invasive species

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – A Polish scientific institute has classified domestic cats as an “invasive alien species,” citing the damage they cause to birds and other wildlife. Some cat lovers have reacted emotionally to this month’s decision, putting the chief scientist behind it on the defensive. Wojciech Solarz, a biologist at the state-run Polish Academy …

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With fires raging in Europe, France holds man over fire

LA TESTE-DE-BUCH, France (AP) – Investigators investigating the suspected deliberate ignition of what has become a raging wildfire in southwestern France have detained a man for questioning, while firefighters and water bombardments there and in other parts Tuesday of Europe that have baked in extreme heat. Smoke from a large forest fire, fueled by high …

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Anger simmers for Dutch farmers who resist austerity

MAASLAND, Netherlands (AP) — Bales of hay burning along Dutch highways. Supermarket shelves are empty as distribution centers are blocked by farmers. Then, at dusk, a police officer pulls out his pistol and shoots a tractor. Dutch farmers are involved in a summer of discontent showing no sign of abating. Their target? government plans curb …

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Wild species at risk of billions, report warns

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Every day, billions of people depend on wildlife for food, medicine and energy. But a new United Nations-backed report says overexploitation, climate change, pollution and deforestation are driving a million species to extinction. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – or IPBES – report said Friday that …

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Muslim Pilgrims Pray on Mount Arafat as Hajj Reaches the Top

MOUNTAIN ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims from around the world raised their hands to heaven on Friday and prayed penitently on the sacred hill of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia, an intense day of worship that is considered as the culmination of the annual hajj. Crowds stood shoulder to …

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How a favela in Rio got its clean water back, for $42,300

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Butterflies and waxbills flutter through the enchanted valley just outside the Tijuca Forest National Park in Rio de Janeiro. There are fruit trees, a nearby waterfall and impressive views over the Atlantic Ocean. But for decades, something has spoiled the idyll: the stench of raw sewage. Electricity arrived in the …

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They Danced and Died: Tragic Teen Party Mystery in South Africa

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) – South African authorities searched for answers Monday, a day after 21 underage teenagers partying after the end of school exams were killed in a mysterious incident at a nightclub. The bodies of many of the victims, the youngest a 13-year-old girl, were discovered by the police lying on tables, …

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Morocco: 18 migrants killed in stampede for Melilla . to enter

RABAT, Morocco (AP) – Eighteen Africans trying to cross into Spain were killed and dozens of migrants and police injured in what Moroccan authorities called a “rush” of people crossing the border fence from Morocco to Spain’s northern border on Friday. African enclave of Melilla stormed . A total of 133 migrants broke the border …

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