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Participants wave rainbow flags during the Korea Queer Culture Festival 2022 in central Seoul, South Korea, July 16, 2022.


Hard Numbers: Small step for gay rights in South Korea, floods in Brazil, Botswana’s endangered rhinos, India’s heat warning, Roald Dahl rewrites

1: For the first time, a South Korean court recognized the rights of a gay couple after the Health Insurance Service denied the two men spousal coverage. A lower court originally ruled against the couple, but an appellate judge determined that denying the couple coverage was discriminatory despite the fact that South Korea does not recognize same-sex marriage. The case could now be heard by the Supreme Court.

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Drying habitat makes Australia's platypus vulnerable, say scientists

November 23, 2020 1:14 PM

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Australian scientists pushed on Monday (Nov 23) to list the platypus as a vulnerable species after a report showed that the habitat of the semi-aquatic native mammal had shrunk more than a fifth in the last 30 years.

Newly identified primate species with mask-like face facing extinction

November 12, 2020 5:00 AM

PARIS • Scientists have identified a new species of primate living in the forests of central Myanmar, a lithe tree-dweller with a mask-like face framed by a shock of unruly grey hair.

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October 06, 2020 5:00 AM

Tasmanian devils - classified as endangered - have been released into the wild on Australia's mainland, more than 3,000 years after they died out there. Aussie Ark and a coalition of other conservation groups revealed yesterday that they had released 26 of the carnivorous mammals into a 400ha sanctuary at Barrington Tops National Park in New South Wales.

Orang utan found on Indonesian palm oil plantation returned to the wild

August 20, 2020 2:19 PM

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - A Bornean orang utan found on an Indonesian palm plantation has been rescued and returned to the forest, a conservation group said on Wednesday (Aug 19), the latest example of how habitat loss is piling pressure on the critically endangered animal in the wild.

Vietnamese man caught trying to smuggle tiger parts

April 12, 2019 5:00 AM

HANOI • A Vietnamese man has been arrested for attempting to smuggle an entire tiger skin and bones into China, police in the south-east Asian country - where the illegal wildlife trade flourishes - said yesterday.

Vietnam man arrested smuggling tiger skin, bones to China

April 11, 2019 2:25 PM

HANOI (AFP) - A Vietnamese man has been arrested for attempting to smuggle an entire tiger skin and tiger bones into China, police said on Thursday (April 11) in the south-east Asian country where illegal wildlife trade flourishes.

Indonesia breaks up ring of traffickers in Komodo dragons

March 27, 2019 7:46 PM

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesian police on Wednesday (March 27) arrested nine men suspected of trafficking Komodo dragons, the largest living species of lizard, as well as other endangered birds and wild cats destined for use in traditional medicines.

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