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Gold, myrrh and a gift card: Troubling news for wise men as wild frankincense forests face extinction
In a tradition dating to Biblical times, men rise at dawn in the rugged Cal Madow mountains of Somaliland in the Horn of Africa to scale rocky outcrops in search of the prized sap of wild frankincense trees.
 
Smog chokes Chinese cities, grounding flights
Thick, gray smog fell over Beijing on Tuesday, choking China's capital in a haze that spurred authorities to cancel flights and close some highways in emergency measures to cut down on air pollution.
 
Tsai says 'resolute' on S. China Sea territorial claim
Extreme cold conditions cause ice accretions to cover the St. Joseph lighthouse and pier, on the southeastern shoreline of Lake Michigan, in St. Joseph, Michigan, on Monday, Dec. 19.
 
A rainbow-headed snake, a tiny frog and a lizard with dragon-like horns are among more than 150 new species confirmed by scientists last year in the ecologically diverse but threatened Mekong region, researchers said on Monday.
 
Beijing authorities urge schoolchildren to remain indoors
Authorities in Beijing warned Wednesday that heavy pollution will persist this week, urging the suspension of outdoor school activities and construction projects.
 
Hottest Arctic on record triggers massive ice melt
The Arctic shattered heat records in the past year as unusually warm air triggered massive melting of ice and snow and a late fall freeze, U.S. government scientists said Tuesday.
 
If Santa is recruiting helpers to haul Christmas presents around the world this year he had better take a few extra, said researchers Monday who warned that reindeer are shrinking.
 
Researchers say seaborne radiation from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster has been detected on Oregon shores.
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Smoking chimp from Iraq finds refuge in Kenyan wildlife sanctuary
Separated from his mother shortly after birth, Manno the chimpanzee was smuggled to Iraq and spent his days smoking cigarettes handed to him by amused zoo visitors and posing for pictures.
 
Despite rain, southern US still in grip of drought
Recent showers and storms have slightly eased the South's severe drought, but experts say it wasn't enough to make up for months of dry conditions before the rain finally fell.
 
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