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Australia Unveils New Park ahead of World Parks Congress

Australia unveiled its newest national park, Everlasting Swamp, on Wednesday as thousands gathered in Sydney for the start of the once-in-a-decade World Parks Congress.

The week-long forum organised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is set to lay out the global agenda for protected areas for the next 10 years.

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Pacific Flotilla Carries Climate Message to Australia

Traditional Pacific island canoes sailed into Sydney Harbor on Wednesday after a journey across a vast expanse of ocean, bringing an urgent message to the world about climate change.

The leaders of three nations were onboard for a short final stretch of the epic Mua Voyage by four double-hulled canoes, which sailed from the Cook Islands via Samoa and Fiji or from New Zealand covering routes totaling more than 6,000 nautical miles.

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Baby Skeletons Hint at Death Rituals 11,500 Years Ago

A pair of baby skeletons in Alaska are more than 11,500 years old, and offer new hints about the death rituals of early people in North America, researchers said Monday.

The bodies "represent the earliest known human remains from the North American subarctic," said the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed U.S. journal.

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China Censors U.S. Embassy Pollution Data during APEC

Authorities have ordered one of China's most popular air pollution-reporting apps to remove data provided by the US embassy, a company spokesman said Tuesday, as Beijing hosts a high-profile gathering of world leaders.

The Chinese capital is periodically hit by choking, acrid haze, with particulate levels soaring far beyond recommended limits and public anger mounting over the issue.

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Report: SpaceX Chief Elon Musk Eyes Internet Satellites

High-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has reportedly added global Internet access from satellites to his vision of a future alongside sporty electric cars and private space exploration.

The billionaire behind auto-maker Tesla and the SpaceX program is working on the project with satellite-industry veteran Greg Wyler, who spent some time devoted to a similar mission at Google, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

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EU Extends Ban on Deep-Sea Shark Fishing

EU nations on Monday extended their ban on deep-sea shark fishing for the European fleet for at least another two years, with only Spain and Portugal voting against.

European Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella said the decision had been taken at a meeting of EU fisheries ministers in Brussels.

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Migratory Birds, Fish and Mammals Get New U.N. Protection

Polar bears, whales, sharks and gazelles were among 31 new species granted new protection status Sunday by the U.N. conservation body, following six days of "intense" talks by leading conservationists.

The U.N. Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) said six days of "intense negotiations" led to new protection for scores of bird, fish and mammal migratory species.

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Three-Man Multinational Space Crew Returns to Earth

A three-man multinational crew of astronauts returned to Earth Monday aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, after spending 165 days working together at the International Space Station, NASA said.

ISS commander, Russia's Maxim Surayev, his American colleague Reid Wiseman and German Alexander Gerst from the European Space Agency touched down at 10:58 pm Sunday (0358 GMT Monday).

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Virgin Galactic Could Resume Test Flights in Six Months

Virgin Galactic could resume test flights with a new spaceship within six months, the company said Friday, a week after the fatal crash of SpaceShipTwo in the Californian desert.

The United States' National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident, which has called into question Virgin chief Richard Branson's dream of tourist flights to the edge of space.

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Dead Fish in Rio Olympic Bay Baffle Scientists

Thousands of dead fish have begun mysteriously washing up in the polluted Rio bay that will host sailing events at the 2016 Olympics -- and experts are at a loss to explain why.

Guanabara Bay has already been the subject of concern amongst sailors who are to compete in Rio because of the human sewage that gets pumped into its waters.

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