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Japan whaling: Commercial hunts to resume despite outcry

Japan whaling: Commercial hunts to resume despite outcry

Science
Japan is about to resume catching whales for profit, in defiance of international criticism. Its last commercial hunt was in 1986, but Japan has never really stopped whaling - it has been conducting instead what it says are research missions which catch hundreds of whales annually. But Japan has now withdrawn from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which banned hunting, and will send out its first whaling fleet this July. Isn't whaling banned?Whales were brought to the brink of extinction by hunting in the 19th and early 20th Century. By the 1960s, more efficient catch methods and giant factory ships made it obvious that whale hunting could not go unchecked.So in 1986, all IWC members agreed to a hunting moratorium to allow whale numbers to reco...
Ivan Golunov arrest: Russian reporter is freed after public outcry

Ivan Golunov arrest: Russian reporter is freed after public outcry

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device A Russian journalist has been freed after drug-dealing charges against him were dropped following a public outcry.Russian newspapers had rallied round freelancer Ivan Golunov in a rare public show of support. Mr Golunov cried as he was freed from a police station on Tuesday and vowed to continue his investigative journalism.Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev admitted his guilt had "not been proven" and said an internal inquiry had been launched.The decision came after "forensic, biological, fingerprinting and genetic tests", the minister added. Mr Kolokoltsev said he would ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to dismiss two high-ranking officials over the case: the head of the Interior Affairs D...
International outcry over Istanbul election re-run

International outcry over Istanbul election re-run

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device The EU and leading member states have sharply criticised a decision in Turkey to re-run Istanbul's mayoral election, after a shock opposition win.An EU spokesperson called on Turkey's electoral body to explain the controversial decision "without delay".Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Mass called the re-run "incomprehensible".The move was also criticised by the French government and by leading MEP Guy Verhofstadt, who said Turkey was "drifting towards dictatorship".The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month lost the mayorship of Turkey's biggest city by a narrow margin, but Mr Erdogan refused to accept defeat.The AKP claims that there were irregularit...