Violent hailstorm kills rare African vulture brought to the US to help save the species

  1. Violent hailstorm kills rare African vulture brought to the US to help save the species  Washington Post
  2. Large hail kills several animals at Colorado zoo and injures 14 people  CBS News
  3. Softball-sized hail injures more than a dozen people, kills 2 animals at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo  Colorado Springs Gazette
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African killifish becomes fastest maturing vertebrate on record

For most of the year, annual killifish persist as diapausing embryos buried in sediments across the African savannah. When rainwater fills small depressions across the landscape, the fish must hatch, grow, mature, and produce the next generation before the pool dries up. Researchers have found that these small fish condense their life cycle even more in the wild than expected based on studies in the lab.
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Kremlin critic vows to find killers of Russian TV crew in Central African Republic

Kremlin critic vows to find killers of Russian TV crew in Central African RepublicBy Denis Pinchuk and Tom Balmforth MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said he would try to find those responsible for the murder of three journalists working for his online news organization in Central African Republic who he said had been reporting on Russian mercenaries. Orhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguyev and Kirill Radchenko were working for TsUR, which is financed by Kremlin critic Khodorkovsky, when they were ambushed on Monday.


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Russians killed in C. African Republic 'reporting on private army'

Russians killed in C. African Republic 'reporting on private army'Three Russian journalists who were killed in the Central African Republic were investigating the activities of a private Russian army there, a media organisation they were working with said Wednesday. Journalists Kirill Radchenko, Alexander Rastorguyev and Orkhan Dzhemal were killed on Monday in the strife-torn country, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed earlier. “On Friday, July 27 (they) flew to the Central African Republic to shoot material on the activities of PMC Wagner in the country as part of a joint project with the Investigations Management Centre,” the centre wrote on its Facebook page late Tuesday.


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