October 28th, 2012
04:58 AM ET

20,000 displaced in Myanmar as ethnic violence continues

More than 20,000 people were displaced in western Myanmar from the latest violence between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Askok Nigam, said.

The clashes between the two ethnic groups has left at least 64 people dead and thousands of homes torched in the western state of Rakhine. What's behind the violence?

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Frog lovers worldwide unite for 'Save the Frogs' day
Frogs like the Australian red-eyed tree frog are facing a rapid rate of decline, scientists say.
April 30th, 2011
10:00 AM ET

Frog lovers worldwide unite for 'Save the Frogs' day

Frog lovers in 19 countries gathered Friday to “ribbet” in honor of “Save The Frogs” day, known as the largest day of worldwide amphibian conservation action and education.

Scientists, educators and policymakers took part in more than 100 international events with one leaping mission in mind: to raise awareness of the amphibians’ rapid rate of decline.

Habitat destruction, infectious diseases, pollution and pesticides, climate change and over-harvesting for pet and food trades are the some of the major contributing factors to the amphibian’s decline worldwide, said Kerry Kriger, founder and executive director of “Save The Frogs.”

“Frogs are the flag-ship species of all amphibians,” said Dr. Malcolm McCallum, managing editor of Herpetological Conservation and Biology. “There’s a whole array of environmental issues that go hand-in-hand and they all collectively interact and contribute to this unprecedented decline we are seeing in the last 50 to 100 years.”


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