May 21, 2019

US ban on dog imports from Egypt leaves animal rescuers ‘paralyzed’

Phanuwat Yoksiri/iStock(CAIRO) — In Egypt, the sight of stray dogs being chased, stoned, beaten up by sticks or even poisoned is not entirely uncommon. There has always been a way out for at least some of those dogs -- commonly referred to as "baladi dogs" in colloquial Arabic, which means a native Egyptian breed -- in the form of sending them abroad, to be adopted by families in the United States. But a U.S. decision earlier this month to temporarily ban importing them from Egypt threw a wrench..
May 21, 2019

Sperm whale found dead on Italian beach had plastic in its stomach, Greenpeace says

Junaidi Hanafiah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images (FILE photo)(NEW YORK) -- A sperm whale found dead on an Italian beach might have died from consuming too much plastic, according to environmental advocates. The whale, estimated to be able 6 years old, washed up on the Cefalu beaches in Sicily on Friday, Greenpeace Italy wrote on Facebook. Sperm whales typically live to be about 70 years old. A large amount of plastic was found in the whale's stomach, although it is unclear if the waste caused t..
May 21, 2019

Yemen’s Houthi rebels target Saudi Arabian city with drone

pop_jop/iStock(DUBAI, United Arab Emirates) — Air defense crews raced to action in the southern Saudi Arabian city of Najran Tuesday night to intercept an attack from Iran-backed Yemeni Houthi rebels as tensions remain high between Tehran and the United States. The attack on Najran, about 10 miles north of the Saudi border with Yemen, was carried out by one Qasef K-2 drone armed with an explosive warhead and targeted a Saudi airport and military facility, the Houthi news outlet Al Masirah said. ..
May 21, 2019

Duchess Kate gives Queen Elizabeth a tour of her new, interactive garden

GEOFF PUGH/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed a VIP guest Monday to her "Back to Nature" garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in London. Kate gave a personal tour of the interactive garden she helped design to her grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II. The queen and Kate both wore floral dresses to tour the garden, which Kate reportedly consulted on with Queen Elizabeth, an avid gardener herself. The garden -- described by Kensington Palace as a "woodland setting..