In an Olympic year, Japan faces decision over contaminated Fukushima water

OKUMA, Japan (Reuters) - At the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant north of Tokyo, workers in protective suits are still removing radioactive material from reactors that melted down after an earthquake and tsunami knocked out its power and cooling nearly nine years ago. FILE PHOTO - The reactor units No.1 to 4 are seen over storage…

Canadian troops help Newfoundland residents dig out after record blizzard

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian troops were helping residents of Newfoundland and Labrador on Monday with snow removal and transportation as the country’s eastern province recovers from last week’s massive blizzard, prompting several towns to declare their first state of emergency in more than three decades. Canadian Forces members help residents with snow removal as the…

'It was going for my throat': Florida python hunters wrestle invasive snakes

OCHOPEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Thomas Aycock’s life flashed before his eyes one night in the Everglades as a 13-foot Burmese python squeezed his arm and a leg in its coils. Aycock, who was trying to bag the snake by himself, still recalls feeling its tail across his back. “I knew what it was doing, it…

Legal notice seeks livewire removal to protect monkeys

People for Animal Welfare (PAW), an organisation dedicated to welfare of street animals, has served a legal notice to Bangladesh Forest Department and Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board after overhead electrical power lines installed inside Mymensingh’s Santoshpur Reserve Forest injured and killed monkeys in the forest. Supreme Court Advocate Barrister Shihab Uddin Khan on behalf of People…

Cold wave to continue for 3-4 days

The cold wave coursing through the country is likely to continue for another three to four days especially over the northwestern districts extending up to Dhaka, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department’s latest forecast. Parts of Rangpur division and Jashore, Tangail and Dhaka districts have been experiencing the cold wave, more than most other parts of…