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New data shows ‘staggering’ extent of great ape trade.

A new database suggests say there has been a dramatic under-reporting of the live, illegal trade in great apes.

Around 1,800 orangutans, chimpanzees and gorillas were seized in 23 different countries since 2005, the figures show.

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Rosetta Probe Set For Comet Collision

The Rosetta probe that has been tracking a comet is hours away from crashing itself into the 4km-wide ball of ice and dust.

It is sending back pictures as it edges closer to Comet 67P.

European Space Agency scientists say the satellite has come to the end of its useful life and they want to […]

New Zealand Toddler

New Zealand toddler becomes youngest Bonus Bonds millionaire.

A New Zealand toddler has won NZ$1m ($726,600; £560,700) in Bonus Bonds prize money – the youngest ever winner of the investment lottery scheme.

The newly minted millionaire was reported to have just returned from a holiday with his family when they were told the news.

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Animal Tracking

New safeguards agreed for world’s most trafficked mammal.

A little known species driven to the edge of extinction by poaching has gained extra protection at the Cites meeting in South Africa.

Pangolins are slow moving, nocturnal creatures found across Asia and Africa but over a million have been taken from the wild in the last […]

France

France ‘conducts operations against IS’.

France has begun air operations over Iraq from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, reports say.

A number of Rafale fighter planes took off from the carrier early on Friday, news agency AFP said.

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Discover Plants

Discover plants from around the world in your own garden.

Your borders most likely contain plants from a number of different parts of the world. Finding out about their origins is a great way to inspire children in the garden.

British gardens are stuffed with plants collected from far-flung places, so it’s quite possible to […]