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Mysterious brain disease killing bald eagles traced to unknown cyanobacterium

Mysterious brain disease killing bald eagles traced to unknown cyanobacterium

Science
March 25 (UPI) -- North America's bald eagles, once severely threatened by DDT exposure, have rebounded dramatically over the last 50 years. In pockets of the American South, however, scientists have found local eagle populations suffering from outbreaks of a mysterious neurodegenerative disease, called avian vacuolar myelinopathy Advertisement Now, nearly 30 years after an outbreak of AVM killed hundreds of eagles in Arkansas, scientists have traced the origins of the deadly disease to a previously unknown cyanobacterium that grows exclusively on an invasive aquatic plant. The revelation -- detailed Thursday in the journal Science -- was made possible by a series of vital breakthroughs, and a fruitful collaboration between scientists in Georgia and Germany. Several years ago, a group of...
Wolves alter wetlands by killing beavers, study shows

Wolves alter wetlands by killing beavers, study shows

Science
Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Wolves alter wetlands by killing beavers that are instrumental in their creation, scientists at the University of Minnesota detailed in a new study. The study, published Friday in the journal Science Advances, demonstrated how wolves observed through the university's Voyageurs Wolf Project and Voyageurs National Park affected wetland ecosystems by killing beavers. Advertisement Beavers create and maintain wetlands by building dams and ponds, with juvenile beavers dispersing to create or recolonize ponds. But this process is disrupted when wolves kill beavers. "In 2015, we documented a wolf killing a dispersing beaver in a newly created pond," study co-author Austin Homkes said in a statement. "Within days of the wolf killing the beaver, the dam failed because there was n...
Kim Jong-un ‘apologises for killing of South Korean official’

Kim Jong-un ‘apologises for killing of South Korean official’

World
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has issued a rare personal apology for the killing of a South Korean official, Seoul says.Mr Kim reportedly told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in that the "disgraceful affair" should not have happened. South Korea has said the 47-year-old man was found by troops floating in the North's waters.He was then shot dead and his body was set alight, according to Seoul.The killing - the first of a South Korean citizen by North Korean forces for a decade - has caused outrage in the South.The border between the Koreas is tightly policed, and the North is thought to have a "shoot-to-kill" policy in place to prevent coronavirus from entering the country. Kim Yo-jong: North Korea's heir apparent? Kim J...
Iran vows ‘hit’ on all involved in US killing of top general

Iran vows ‘hit’ on all involved in US killing of top general

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The chief of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has threatened to go after everyone who had a role in a top general’s January killing during a U.S. drone strike in IraqByThe Associated PressSeptember 19, 2020, 10:14 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleTEHRAN, Iran -- The chief of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard threatened Saturday to go after everyone who had a role in a top general's January killing during a U.S. drone strike in Iraq.The guard's website quoted Gen. Hossein Salami as saying, “Mr. Trump! Our revenge for martyrdom of our great general is obvious, serious and real.”U.S. President Donald Trump warned this week that Washington would harshly respond to any Iranian attempts to take revenge for the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, tweeting ...
Surprise judgement sees Hezbollah trio acquitted of killing Lebanon’s former PM

Surprise judgement sees Hezbollah trio acquitted of killing Lebanon’s former PM

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Three men on trial for the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 have been acquitted in a surprise judgement.Hassan Merhi, Assad Sabra and Hussein Oneissi were all being tried, in their absence, along with a fourth man, Salam Ayyash, who was found guilty for his part in the assassination plot. Mr Hariri was assassinated as his motorcade drove through Lebanese capital Beirut on 14 February 2005.A suicide bomber driving a small truck detonated between 2,500 and 3,000kg of TNT explosives next to Mr Hariri's six-vehicle convoy, leaving a two-metre-deep crater in the road. Image: Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri The four men were on trial at a special court in The Hague, in the Netherlands. ...