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Sir David Attenborough backs world’s biggest butterfly count

Image copyright PA Spending time with nature offers “precious breathing space” from modern life, Sir David Attenborough has said, as he called on the the public to join the world’s biggest butterfly count. The naturalist said watching butterflies in his garden takes his mind off “the woes of Brexit”. The ...

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Eight dead as US ‘duck boat’ capsizes

Image copyright EPA Image caption Divers have been searching for more survivors At least eight people have died after an amphibious “duck boat” carrying tourists sank in stormy weather in the US state of Missouri, police say. The vessel was carrying about 30 people on Table Rock Lake, a popular ...

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Scottish wildcat: ‘Rarest kittens’ in the world rescued

Image copyright Charlie Chandler Two orphaned Scottish wildcat kittens have been rescued, offering hope to a species which is near extinction. The animals were found “dehydrated, weak, and moving towards a road” in the West Highlands of Scotland. The kittens are now staying at a purpose-built rehabilitation until they’re old ...

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Chance the Rapper buys news website Chicagoist

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chance, 25, says in his latest song that he aims to run “racist” media organisations out of business Chicago musician Chance the Rapper says he has purchased the news website Chicagoist with the aim of “amplifying diverse voices and content”. The 25-year-old made the ...

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Opinion: Our democracy depends on securing the next election

According to indictments released last week by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Russian intelligence officers successfully breached voter registration databases during the 2016 election. This echoes the Senate Intelligence Committee’s findings in a preliminary report on Russian interference in the election, which stated that Russia was “in a position to, at ...

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Heatwave: Is there more crime in hot weather?

Image copyright Getty Images Police forces are reporting record numbers of 999 calls, which some are linking to the recent weeks of hot weather. West Midlands police force said: “A combination of the World Cup, summer heatwave and excess alcohol are being blamed for the surge.” While North Yorkshire told ...

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