The destruction of ancient woodland is non-negotiable, Mr Paterson

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El Salvador begins evacuation after Chaparrastique volcano erupts for the first time in 37 years

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Brumbies are descendants of horses released into the wild and symbolise the romance of the outback for many Australians

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For many Australians, the brumby – or wild horse – symbolises the romance and adventure of the outback.

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