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  • Astola island declared country’s first marine protected area

    KARACHI: Astola island, a major biodiversity hotspot and the largest island along Pakistan’s coast, was declared the country’s first marine protected area through a notification issued by the Balochistan government on Thursday...

    The island covers an area of about 400 square kilometres and is located 39km east of Pasni, Balochistan...

  • Karachi, an 'urban heat island'

    As the first monsoon winds blow from the Arabian Sea to bring relief to a city where 950 people have been reportedly killed in a heat wave this June, climatologist Qamaruz Zaman Chaudhry terms the scorching heat in Karachi an “urban heat island” phenomenon...

    ”He said these same temperatures, even higher, have often been reported from other parts of Sindh, but that has not killed people like it has in Karachi this year because there...

  • China unveils island-building vessel

    BEIJING: China has unveiled a massive ship described as a “magic island maker” that is Asia’s largest dredging vessel, state media reported on Saturday...

    When testing of the ship is completed next June, it will be the most powerful such vessel in Asia, the paper noted, nicknaming it the “magic island maker”...

  • Two dead after quake hits Italy holiday island

    0 earthquake struck the Italian holiday island of Ischia, causing destruction that left two people dead at peak tourist season, authorities said, as rescue workers struggled early on Tuesday to free two children from the rubble...

    A woman was killed in Casamicciola, in the north of the small tourist island, hit by debris that fell from a church, with the body of another spotted in the rubble of a collapsed house, local media...

  • 100 prisoners escape on hurricane-hit British island

    LONDON: Over 100 high-risk prisoners escaped in the British Virgin Islands during Hurricane Irma, a British junior minister said on Tuesday, as he raised the death toll in British territories to nine...

    “We had a serious threat of a complete breakdown of law and order in the British Virgin islands (BVI),” junior foreign minister Alan Duncan told parliament
  • Bones of freed slaves haunt Napoleonic island

    Candles and a bouquet of wilting white arum lilies sit in front of the wooden door on the remote British island of St...

    Nine years ago, the skeletons of the former slaves were discovered during the construction of the island’s first airport...

  • Giant blue whale spotted with calf off Churna Island

    KARACHI: A giant blue whale has recently been spotted along with its baby off Churna Island, Balochistan, the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-P) reported on Thursday...

    According to the organisation, the mother and baby duo were sighted by Captain Saeed Zaman and his team while fishing for tuna off Churna Island...

  • ENVIRONMENT: AN ISLAND OF TROUBLES

    Surrounded by breathtaking clear waters and home to an astounding variety of marine life, Churna Island is a paradise tucked away for scuba divers and snorkellers who frequent it, especially in the cooler months (September to April)...

    This island that lies off the Sindh-Balochistan coast is also a lifeline for hundreds of people — who are directly dependent on the species of fish found there — such as the fisherfolk from Mubarak...

  • Niger army fights Boko Haram for Lake Chad island

    NIAMEY: Niger’s army is fighting to recapture an island in Lake Chad after it was seized by hundreds of Boko Haram militants aboard motorised canoes, army sources said on Sunday...

    Boko Haram, hardline Islamists who want to establish a caliphate in the region, attacked the island of Karamga at dawn on Saturday, their second attempt to capture it since February, army and government sources said...

  • Philippines outgunned in China’s island-building frenzy

    THITU ISLAND: Philippine military chief General Gregorio Catapang looks worried as he surveys the rusted cranes and eroded runway on the tiny island of Thitu, now on the front line of a rapidly intensifying construction war in the South China Sea...

    “Before we landed we saw the reclamation in the [nearby] Subi Reef and it’s really enormous,” Catapang said on a tour of the island’s largely decrepit facilities...

  • Brexit 1.0: how Britain became an island

    PARIS: A giant waterfall tens of kilometres wide broke down a ridge which connected modern-day England to mainland Europe nearly half a million years ago, unleashing a mega-flood that gouged out the Channel and created the island of Britain, scientists said on Tuesday...

    “The breaching of this land bridge between Dover and Calais was undeniably one of the most important events in British history, helping to shape our island nation’s...

  • Kidnappings, jailbreak hit Philippine island

    JOLO: Suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen abducted four workers in a school in a southern Philippine province where President Rodrigo Duterte visited troops waging an offensive against the militants, officials said on Sunday...

    About 20 militants barged into a grade school compound in Sulu province’s Patikul town shortly after midnight on Saturday and seized six painters and carpenters, one of whom managed to escape and alerted the police
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