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For the first time, researchers have
eliminated a devastating amphibian
fungal disease in a population of
The chytrid fungus is highly
infectious and is responsible for
devastating amphibian populations
Over five years, a team of
researchers was able to clear the
disease from toads which are native
to the Spanish island of Mallorca.
The scientists collected tadpoles
from the wild, transported them to a
lab, bathed them in an antifungal
solution, and returned the Mallorcan
midwife toad tadpoles to the
In addition, they used a common
laboratory decontaminant to sterilise
the environment around each
Dr Jaime Bosch, a co-author from
Spain's MNCN-CSIC institute, added:
"This is the first time that chytrid has
ever been successfully eliminated
from a wild population --- a real
positive which we can take forward
into further research to tackle this
deadly disease." (BBC)
Lethal amphibian disease killed off on island
Three big international football
friendlies were scheduled for
Tuesday. Outside London's
Wembley stadium, the giant
arch was lit with red, white and
blue. Inside, a crowd of 80,000 roared the
French anthem, La Marseillaise.
There was a standing ovation for
Lassana Diarra, a Paris-born French
midfielder who is black and Muslim; his
cousin Asta Diakite was murdered, along
with 128 others, in Paris last Friday night.
But a Germany-Netherlands match was
cancelled 91 minutes before kick-off
because of a terror threat. The German
chancellor, Angela Merkel, had been due to
watch, along with two Dutch cabinet
In Brussels, Belgium's match with Spain
was also called off for security reasons. On
the same night, two Air France flights were
diverted over North America, one to Halifax
and one to Salt Lake City.
And in Nigeria, 32 were killed by what
seems to have been a Boko Haram suicide
It's been a bad year for Islamic terrorism.
Three days into January came a Boko
Haram massacre in the town of Baga in
north-eastern Nigeria. Nigeria's defence
ministry put the dead at around 150,
including Boko Haram's own casualties;
some Western media reported more than
2,000. A survivor told Human Rights
Watch: "No one stayed back to count
Four days later, 17 were killed in Paris; 11
of them in the office of Charlie Hebdo, an
irreverent, anti-establishment satirical
Since then, there has been a string of
killings in Libya and the Middle East.
In Kenya, 147 students were murdered
by Al-Shabab militants on April 2 in Garissa
On Thursday last week -- one day before
the Paris attacks -- suicide bombers killed
43 in Beirut. On Friday, two Isis bombs
killed 31 in Baghdad; most of whom were
attending the funeral of 21 people
murdered by an earlier bomb.
Even victories over Isis leave a sour
taste. On Wednesday, forces from Iraq's
embattled Kurdish and Yazidi minorities
kicked Isis out of the town of Sinjar.
Then came the tears. The victorious
fighters found a mass grave of around 70
middle-aged and elderly women, killed by
Isis in August last year because they were
too old to fetch a good price as sex slaves.
And let's not forget the Russians; 224,
killed when an Isis bomb downed a
Metrojet flight over Sinai on October 31.
Then there was Paris last Friday,
November 13; 129 dead in a football
stadium, a concert, and the nightlife district
around the Place de la Bastille.
There would have been more, if the
hideously incompetent murderers assigned
to the Stade de France had not blown
themselves up before entering.
All of these atrocities were widely
reported in mainstream international
media; but the Paris attacks had shock
value, and grabbed most headlines.
That caused anger. Said one widely re-
posted meme: "Black people will change
their profile pics to this ... but not this?"
Beneath was a French tricolore (bad) and
a red-black-green flag (good.)
Said another re-post last week: "142
students killed in Kenya. Where's the
international outrage? Earlier this month,
Kenya was rocked by a terror attack that
left 148 people dead."
That just seems confused -- about the
date of the April attack, and about the
number of dead.
But the real boiling, incandescent fury
came in the comments threads. It ran
close to the victim-blaming which
followed the Charlie Hebdo murders.
So let's take a look. Why did Paris get
so much attention?
There were more dead on the
Since the attacks which took place in Paris on November 13, there
has been a lot of comment about the level of media coverage and
social media responses to the events in Paris as opposed to
similar terrorist events that took place in other parts of the
world. T&T Guardian columnist Mark Wilson looks at these
responses and analyses the perception that incidents in other
places are perceived to be more important than others. We have
also included excerpts from international colums which were
widely shared on social media in response to this issue.
Are some lives more valuable?
The photo in this tweet is not, in fact, from last week's blast in
Beirut. Rather, it is from 2006, during Israel's war against
Hezbollah in Lebanon. But what is most striking to me about
this tweet, now shared by well over 50,000 people, is that it's
wrong: The media has, in fact, covered the Beirut bombings
extensively. PHOTO: TWITTER
Continued on Page B2
Toys, photographs, flowers, candles
and messages are left at a makeshift
memorial next to the Bataclan concert
hall in Paris where 80 were killed in
terrorist attacks on November 13.
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