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Yet another thing driving species to extinction: bureaucracy

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If someone else files the petition, the FWS by law has to make sure the petition is “justifiable”—which can make the listing deadline stretch out up to two years, plus an additional one month between the listing and when protection comes into force. Bush, for example, both halted the listing of hundreds of species When a species does make the ESA list, it’s a helluva lot more likely to survive. The law empowers US federal government to keep the listed species safe from trade, protect their habitat, order the launching of conservation programs, and fund recovery plans. Just between 1973...
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Bangladeshi police: Dhaka terror attack planner killed

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Suspect killed along with two othersThe two other extremists killed have not been identifiedThe suspect, Bangladeshi-Canadian Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, was killed along with two others, the national police chief said Saturday.The two other extremists killed have not been identified, national police chief Shahidul Hoque said, adding that another suspected mastermind is under investigation.The terror attack at a bakery popular with foreigners left 21 people dead, including 18 foreign nationals. Even in a country that has become increasingly numb to Islamist attacks, the Holey Artisan Bakery standoff was particularly jolting in its brazenness.Holiest day of the weekThe gunmen went into the...
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Behind the birther movement challenging Gabon’s 50 year-old political dynasty

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Ahead of a general election on Aug. 27, opposition candidates and critics of president Ali Bongo, who is seeking re-election, have claimed he is not actually the son of the late Gabonese president, Omar Bongo, but a war orphan brought over from Nigeria during the Biafran war in the late 1960s. Questions about Bongo’s heritage are part of a larger debate about the hold his sprawling family has over Gabon’s economic and political life, as well as the legacy of Omar Bongo, who before his death was the world’s longest-serving head of state and left more than 50 children to...
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France’s burkini ban wasn’t about Islam, but about men policing women’s bodies, yet again

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Centuries of patriarchal history were captured in this week’s pictures of policemen on the beach in Nice, France, forcing a woman to take off her shirt and headscarf to comply with the so-called “burkini ban.” Across countries and cultures, women have been seen as offensive for showing their ankles, necks, faces, hair, arms, legs—or, in turn, for failing to do so. But before a court overturned the ban, its apologists resorted to absurdities to justify it: Nice’s deputy mayor Rudy Salles told the BBC that even Catholic nuns shouldn’t be allowed to wear their habits on the beach. To get...
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Banking is tough when you're an immigrant. This app changes that

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Immigrants in most countries have a host of legal impediments that make many activities more difficult, but a new app called Monese (pronounced Muh-neez) is letting immigrants bank with less hassle in the UK. Monese rather excitedly announced the news via their Twitter last month: OK Y'ALL WE CAN'T HOLD IT IN ANYMORE! https://t.co/aaqtwsK7wd pic.twitter.com/qosApRFcYw — Monese (@MyMonese) July 28, 2016 Monese charges users a £4.95 monthly fee for almost all of its services, though there's still the additional standard fees for currency exchange. "This is also confirmed by the fact that, post-Brexit, our conversion rates have doubled, as people...
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This German startup wants to be your bank (without being a bank)

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SEE ALSO: The payment service banks hope will kill Venmo is called 'Zelle'It’s not the kind of enthusiasm you’d normally associate with banking, but when you compare it with the bureaucratic experience of traditional banks in Germany, N26 is lightyears ahead. Floyd’s wife, Caroline, was transferred to Berlin a few weeks ago, and, according to Floyd, the process of setting up a bank account at one of Germany’s biggest banks was “a nightmare." Soon, however, having a financial partner won’t be an issue: In July, N26 received official recognition as a licensed bank from the European Central Bank, allowing the...
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Italy earthquake survivors: "The future is finished"

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With each passing hour, the likelihood of finding survivors diminishes."This city will become a museum city, for people to see that an earthquake happened here," said Arturo Filippi, an emergency response volunteer with 16 years experience.The earth continues to shiver three days on. Here AnnaMaria Volpetti, 52, explained that she had been visiting her family's hometown when the quake hit. In the immediate aftermath of the quake, amid screaming and terror, AnnaMaria and her family were trapped within their house. They waited until neighbors were able to break their door down.When the quake struck, she said it was like the...
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Man arrested in killing of Mississippi nuns

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Margaret Held and Paula Merrill were both nurse practitionersThe bodies of Margaret Held and Paula Merrill, both nurse practitioners, were found Thursday in Durant after they didn't show up for work at a clinic in Lexington, where they served one of the state's poorest counties.Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, has been charged with two counts of capital murder in connection with the killings, according to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. A blue Toyota Corolla that belonged to one of the victims was found on an abandoned road less than a mile from the home, Assistant Police Chief James Lee said.
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10-year-old girl killed in gruesome murder, mother under arrest

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10-year-old girl killed WednesdayHer mother is one of three accused in the murder Victoria Martens had just started fourth grade at an Albuquerque elementary school and celebrated her 10th birthday Tuesday. Albuquerque Police identified the suspects in her killing as Victoria's mother, Michelle Martens, her mother's boyfriend, Fabian Gonzalez and Gonzales' cousin, Jessica Kelley.According to a criminal complaint obtained by CNN, officers arrived to discover two adults with minor injuries and saw a third adult attempt to flee the family apartment by jumping off a balcony. Gonzales denied any involvement in the killing, telling police it was Kelley, who he...
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The accidental team that's changing baseball in Zambia

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Together, they have built a team that has revived interest for a long-neglected sport and caught the attention of baseball lovers an ocean away.And like so many good baseball stories, the whole thing started with a game of catch.Chris and Erin McCurdy work for Hope International teaching savings and financial skills in Lusaka. Awakening Zambia's baseball past In June, after a few months of coaching the Chilundu Leopards, Chris McCurdy got a very interesting call. Some of them have seen this as a chance to help out and keep building, but others are just tired."Growing worldwide supportThe McCurdys agreed to...
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