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Leading article: A delicate issue in Franco-American relations

The French are sensitive about their favourite dishes, as the fierce response to California's ban on the sale of foie gras has illustrated.

Aesop's fable experiment highlights how differently children and crows learn about the world

An experiment based on an Aesop's fable has shown how differently children and crows learn about the world.

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Embrace the tropical trend at home

From jungle fabrics and Caribbean colours to exotic fruit imagery and bird of paradise accessories, interiors have gone totally tropical, finds Emily Jenkinson

Wet summer kills rare osprey chicks in Northumberland

Rain and cold weather this summer have taken their toll on rare osprey chicks in a remote corner of England, the Forestry Commission said.

Bad weather sees wildlife struggle

This year's bad weather has proved “almost apocalyptic” for much of the UK's wildlife, the National Trust warned today.

Mystery deaths of 500 penguins

More than 500 dead penguins have been washed up on beaches in southern Brazil over the past week.

Probe under way after 30 swans found dead in Cardiff

An investigation is under way after the mysterious deaths of 30 swans in Cardiff.

Wimbledon hawk Rufus stolen from car

The hawk that patrols Wimbledon to deter pigeons has been stolen, police said.

Le Nozze di Figaro, Glyndebourne Festival Opera

It’s the age of long hair and raging hormones, wide lapels and wider collars, the age of new found “permissiveness” where the world and his dog are gagging for some extra-curricular congress and the great and good are headed for their lavish Spanish villas with or without the wife.

Lonesome George was the last remaining tortoise of his kind

The tragically early death of Lonesome George (1912-2012)

The giant tortoise's demise means his kind are extinct. Michael McCarthy pays tribute and asks which species is next

These delightful exercise books by the Scottish interiors doyenne Donna Wilson are among the Create 2012 Souvenirs. Createlondon.org

RAF jets 'caused chicks' deaths'

The RAF has been accused of causing the deaths of kittiwake chicks when jets flew low over their island nesting sites and scared tens of thousands of birds.

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Charities call on Londoners to help save the 'Cockney Sparra'

The chirruping of the cockney sparra was once commonplace, but now, ten years since a study found that the bird was on the verge of extinction in the capital, charities are calling on Londoners to help save it.

Insects cut down to size by birds

The evolution of birds may have helped to keep insects from growing into much larger species, scientists have said. Faced with an airborne predatory threat, the creatures stayed small to be more manoeuvrable, it is believed.

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