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'100,000 orangutans' killed in 16 years

'100,000 orangutans' killed in 16 years

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceMore than 100,000 Critically Endangered orangutans have been killed in Borneo since 1999, research has revealed. Scientists who carried out a 16-year survey on the island described the figure as "mind-boggling". Deforestation, driven by logging, oil palm, mining and paper mills, continues to be the main culprit.But the research, published in the journal Current Biology, also revealed that animals were "disappearing" from areas that remained forested. This implied large numbers of orangutans were simply being slaughtered, said lead researcher Maria Voigt of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany. Read also: Saving the orangutans of SumatraDr Voigt and her colleagues say the animals are being targeted by hunters and are b...
All 71 people on crashed Russian plane killed

All 71 people on crashed Russian plane killed

World
All 71 people travelling on a Russian plane which crashed near Moscow have been killed, according to Russian authorities.The AN-148 aircraft had disappeared from radars within two minutes of taking off from Domodedovo Airport in Moscow.Two bodies have been found at the site, according to an official at Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry.An emergency services source told Tass news agency there are no survivors.Video:Crash debris strewn over snowy areaThe Emergencies Ministry said it had sent crews to the crash site, in Stepanovskoye.Russian media reports the crews could not get to the site by vehicle and had to go by foot.Image:Playback of the domestic flight which was going from Moscow to OrskTass news agency added that Russian authorities have confirmed fragments of the plane have bee...
Federal officials say flu epidemic has killed at least 30 children

Federal officials say flu epidemic has killed at least 30 children

Health
A deadly flu epidemic spreading across the nation has now claimed the lives of at least 30 children, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The CDC's latest influenza-associated pediatric mortality report released Friday shows that at least 10 children died between Jan. 6 and Jan. 13, and the others have died the since the flu season started in October. The report also shows that 8,990 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations were reported across the nation between Oct. 1, 2017 and Jan. 13, 2018. A total of 110 died during the 2016-17 flu season, but CDC officials said this years flu hasn't even hit its peak. Among the latest casualties Zainab Momin, a third-grader from Pike Road, Alabama, whose death has yet to be counted in the CDC report....
Report: More than 300 human rights activists killed in 2017

Report: More than 300 human rights activists killed in 2017

World
Jan. 5 (UPI) -- At least 312 human rights activists were killed in 27 countries during 2017, according to the Front Line Defenders' annual report."More than two-thirds of these, 67 percent of the total number of activists killed, were defending land, environmental and indigenous peoples' rights, nearly always in the context of mega projects, extractive industry and big business," FLD said in their Human Rights Defenders At Risk report.FLD said there were few repercussions for killing human rights activists and many of them were predictable. Only 12 percent of reported deaths resulted in an arrest and 84 percent of victims received at least one targeted death threat."Around the world, defenders continue to tell us that police and government officials refuse to respond to requests for protec...
Top UK boss and family killed in seaplane crash

Top UK boss and family killed in seaplane crash

Business
The chief executive of a FTSE 100 company and an 11-year-old girl were among five Britons killed when a seaplane crashed near Sydney hours before New Year's Eve celebrations.Richard Cousins, the chief executive of Compass, the world's largest contract catering company, was on board with his 48-year-old fiancee Emma Bowden.His two sons, 23-year-old Edward and 25-year-old William, also lost their lives when the plane came down in the Hawkesbury River off Jerusalem Bay.The fifth British victim was Ms Bowden's daughter Emma, who was 11 years old.Gareth Morgan, their Australian pilot, was the sixth person to die in the crash - with officials describing the Sydney Seaplanes employee as "experienced".Mr Cousins, 58, was due to step down from the position in March.Image:Richard Cousins was on holi...