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Serbs plunge into icy waters for Orthodox holiday

Serbian Christian Orthodox believers - and maybe a few adventurers - celebrated the holiday of the Epiphany on Thursday by plunging into icy rivers and lakes and racing for the Epiphany cross.

Nature magazine writes about plagiarism scandal involving Croatia’s science minister

Nature, international weekly journal of science, on Tuesday ran an article about the plagiarism scandal involving Croatian Science and Education Minister Pavo Barisic, saying that Barisic has...

Bees, not snakes or spiders, cause most deaths in Australia

Bees and other insects are the biggest public health threat in Australia when it comes to deadly bites and stings, according to new research.

Elephant sale to China sparks criticism in Zimbabwe

Animal rights campaigners in Zimbabwe hit back at the government Friday after it confirmed the sale of 35 elephants to China to reduce overpopulation and raise funds for conservation.

China to ban all ivory trade by end of 2017

China plans to phase out all ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017, state media reported on Saturday.

Scientists discover 163 new species in Asia's Mekong region

Scientists discovered 163 new species in Asia's Greater Mekong region last year, according to a report released Monday by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Death toll reaches 13 in Tennessee wildfires

Thirteen people were confirmed dead and about 70 were still missing on Friday in wildfires that continue to burn in a 70-square-kilometre area in and around Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains...

Three confirmed dead as thousands flee Tennessee wildfires

At least three people have died after ravaging wildfires in the US state of Tennessee that threatened the popular Great Smoky Mountain National Park and led to the evacuation of thousands of...

Scientists confirm largest coral die-off on Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has had the worst coral die-off since measurements began as a result of ocean warming, scientists based at James Cook University in Queensland announced Tuesday.

Elephant tusks worth 560,000 euros seized in Vienna

Austrian customs police have uncovered their largest-ever find of contraband elephant tusks that are worth about 560,000 euros (600,000 dollars) on the black market, the Finance Ministry said...

Zimbabwe drops charges in killing of Cecil the lion

A Zimbabwe court has dropped charges against a professional hunter who helped a US trophy hunter kill a well-known lion near a national park in 2015.

Report: Leopard burnt alive by villagers in India

A leopard was burnt to death by angry villagers soon after it killed a girl in India's western state of Gujarat, a news report said Friday.

Conservationists slam Norway at whaling conference

Conservationist groups Wednesday criticized an ongoing meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) for failing to highlight whaling nation Norway's activities.

Australia to push for end to all commercial and "scientific" whaling

Australia will push for a permanent end to all forms of whaling, including the "so-called scientific," environment minister Josh Frydenberg said ahead of the biennial meeting of the International ...

Gorilla's escape puts London Zoo on lockdown

A gorilla that escaped its enclosure put London Zoo briefly on lockdown Thursday, with armed police called to the scene and visitors evacuated or moved inside buildings.