Tears, joy as Korean families separated by war reunite briefly after 65 years

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL, Aug 20 : Some 90 families from the two Koreas were reunited in the North on Monday, weeping and embracing each after being torn apart for more than six decades by the 1950-53 Korean War. The brief reunions, which will last only 11 hours, are the first in three years, and […]

Experts seek to protect rare colony of seahorses in northern Greece

By Vassilis Triandafyllou and Idyli Tsakiri STRATONI, Greece Aug 7 : Diver Vasilis Mentogiannis is campaigning to protect a unique site in a remote gulf in north-eastern Greece where seahorses – a protected species ravaged by pollution and overfishing – are thriving. Having already restored their habitat in 2015 with ropes and synthetic plants after […]

Invasion of big, voracious lizards threatens U.S. South – study

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas, Aug 3 : A group of South American lizards that can grow up to four feet long (1.2 meters) has established a home in the Florida wild after being brought to the United States as pets, and the reptiles could begin a voracious march across the U.S. South, according to […]

California farmers and Mexican cheese sales, US trade war takes a toll

By Jane Ross TULARE, Calif., July 28 : Stephen Mancebo, a fourth-generation California dairy farmer with 2,300 cows, has battled ups and downs in his temperamental industry for a quarter-century only to find himself a casualty of a U.S trade war with one of his biggest customers – Mexico. Mancebo, 47, represents one of approximately […]

Missing Pakistani peace activist returns home, friends say

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan July 20 : A peace activist who disappeared last year after criticising Pakistan’s military has returned to his home in the eastern province of Punjab, his friends said on Friday. Liberals have long criticised what they see as the military’s use of militant factions to further political and security objectives. […]

Thailand’s Tham Luang cave to become museum to showcase boys’ rescue

By Panu Wongcha-um MAE SAI, Thailand, July 11 : A cave complex in Thailand where 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach were trapped for more than two weeks before they were safely brought out will be turned into a museum to showcase the rescue, the head of the operation said on Wednesday. Two British divers […]