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An 'island has emerged': Coastal species discovered thriving on Great Pacific Garbage Patch, scientists say

Scientists documented more than 40 coastal species clinging to plastic trash, including mussels, barnacles and shrimp-like amphipods.
Image: Anika Albrecht on a 2020 expedition collecting plastic in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.
Image: Anika Albrecht on a 2020 expedition collecting plastic in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.
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Colombia seizes hundreds of arachnids being illegally smuggled to Europe

Colombia, which is one of the world's 17 mega-diverse countries and boasts tens of thousands of different species, is a target for wildlife traffickers drawn by its biodiversity.
Image: A tarantula is photographed after a seizure of animals for trafficking bound to Germany at El Dorado airport, in Bogota
Image: A tarantula is photographed after a seizure of animals for trafficking bound to Germany at El Dorado airport, in Bogota

South Africa hit by fourth Covid wave driven by omicron

Health Minister Joe Phaahla told a media briefing that he hoped that the variant could be managed without causing too many deaths.
Passengers, some wearing masks, wait for their taxi to leave the Baragwanath taxi rank in Soweto, South Africa, on Dec. 2, 2021.
Passengers, some wearing masks, wait for their taxi to leave the Baragwanath taxi rank in Soweto, South Africa, on Dec. 2, 2021.

Biden's push against sanctions on Russia’s pipeline puts Democrats in a bind

Germany supports the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and Biden has chosen not to confront Berlin about the issue.
Image: Workers are seen at the construction site of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Russia
Image: Workers are seen at the construction site of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Russia
2h ago

Cowed by China, ride-hailing giant Didi plans to leave U.S. stock market months after debut

Didi had pushed ahead with a $4.4 billion U.S. initial public offering despite being asked to put it on hold while a review of the company’s data practices was conducted.
Image: People walk past the headquarters of the Chinese ride-hailing service Didi in Beijing
Image: People walk past the headquarters of the Chinese ride-hailing service Didi in Beijing

'Spirit of resistance': Marking 500 years since the first slave revolt in the Americas

The Santo Domingo Slave Revolt of 1521 ushered in a backlash through "Black Codes" and repressive measures.
Slaves Attempt To Overcome Their Spanish Owners
Slaves Attempt To Overcome Their Spanish Owners

Blinken seeks to ease Russia-Ukraine tensions

With tens of thousands of Russian troops gathering on Ukraine’s border, Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Vladimir Putin could quickly invade Ukraine for the first time since 2014. The U.S. and its NATO allies warn of harsh economic and political sanctions if he does.
Blinken seeks to ease Russia-Ukraine tensions
Blinken seeks to ease Russia-Ukraine tensions

Crude reality: One U.S. state consumes half the oil from the Amazon rainforest

As oil companies carve up more of the rainforest, a new study says no place in the world uses more oil from beneath the Amazon than California.
The lighter of an oil processing plant in the rainforest of Ecuador's Yasuni region.
The lighter of an oil processing plant in the rainforest of Ecuador's Yasuni region.
21h ago

Skeleton found near Mount Vesuvius unlocks new clues into life of ancient Romans

“It’s helped enormously to understand both the last moments of the site, but also the 100 years running up to it,” professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill said.
Herculaneum Archaeological Park Presents Recent Discovery
Herculaneum Archaeological Park Presents Recent Discovery

Germany excludes unvaccinated from parts of public life

"The situation is our country is serious," Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin.
Mandatory Use Of Masks In Germany
Mandatory Use Of Masks In Germany
21h ago

‘Travel apartheid’: Omicron response faces fresh criticism amid new variant uncertainty

“We have the instruments to have safe travel,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. “Let’s use those instruments to avoid this kind of, allow me to say, travel apartheid."
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