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Saturday Apr 18

India's rising tiger numbers may be victory only on paper

SUNDARBAN TIGER RESERVE, India (AP) - At first, the numbers seem impressive: India's tiger population has gone up 30 percent in just four years. The government lauded the news as astonishing evidence of victory in conservation.
But independent scientists say such an increase - to 2,226 big cats - in so short a time doesn't make sense.
They worry an enthusiastic new government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is misinterpreting the numbers, trumpeting false claims of a thriving tiger population that could hurt conservation in the long run.

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Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu sentenced to 7 years

BEIJING (AP) - A Beijing court sentenced a veteran Chinese journalist to seven years in prison Friday on charges of leaking a document detailing the Communist Party leadership's resolve to aggressively target civil society and press freedom as a threat to its monopoly on power.
The sentence against Gao Yu, 71, comes amid a widening clampdown on free speech that highlights the gap between China's vision of rule of law and Western notions of civil liberties and judicial fairness. The verdict appears to confirm the authenticity of the leaked document, deemed a state secret,

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Farage fights for seat as UKIP tries to build on gains

DOVER, England (AP) - Saul Webster enjoys a good tipple, and nobody begrudges him one. But that doesn't make it good politics for the retired schoolteacher to pose for a campaign event with Nigel Farage, the U.K. Independence Party leader, while carrying a bottle of hard cider and a half-drained glass.
He looks crestfallen as a UKIP functionary discretely removes the drink from his hands before the gathered media horde starts snapping away at Farage and his backers in front of an

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Director Peter Jackson unveils WWI exhibition in New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Taking a break from filmmaking, Peter Jackson has created a museum exhibition he hopes will broaden people's perception of World War I from monochrome to color.
The first stage of the Great War Exhibition he unveiled Friday in Wellington features large color images depicting life in the trenches and on the battlefields. The color was added to real black-and-white photographs by artists at Jackson's visual-effects studio, Weta Digital.

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Pope considering Cuba stop during US trip but no decision

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is considering adding a stop in Cuba to his U.S. trip in September but no decision has been made, the Vatican said Friday.
Francis has been credited with having helped the United States and Cuba reach their historic rapprochement by writing to the leaders of both countries and having the Vatican host their delegations for the final negotiations.
The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Francis "is considering the

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