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Sunday 20 April 2014

Africa harvesting underwater trees

A Ghanaian conservation research centre has agreed to assist a Canadian company that intends to harvest trees that grow underwater in one of the world's largest tropical hardwood forests in the African country's Volta Lake region.

The practice involves harvesting dead, water-submerged trees instead of live trees on land.

Castro 'lucid', says Honduras' Zelaya

Castro is "lucid'' and mentally is "at full capacity'', Honduran President Manuel Zelaya said following a two-day visit to Cuba.

Zelaya did not meet with Castro during his visit, but said he spoke with the Cuban leader by telephone for about half an hour on Wednesday.

16th century ship discovered at sea

In 1559, a hurricane sent as many as seven Spanish sailing vessels to the bottom of Florida's Pensacola Bay, hampering Don Tristan de Luna's attempt to colonise.

Now, almost 500 years later, a second of those ships has been found, helping archaeologists learn about the settlement in western Florida, which ended in 1561.

'Gay-bashing' man convicted

A man who tried to fend off gay-bashing charges by telling a jury that he himself is gay was convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime for his role in a fatal attack at a remote New York City beach.

Jurors deliberated several days before convicting Anthony Fortunato in the death of Michael Sandy, a gay man who was beaten and then chased into the path of a moving car on Brooklyn's Belt Parkway on October 8, 2006.

Teacher fighting right to carry gun

American high-school teacher Shirley Katz won the first round of her legal bout for the right to carry a pistol onto school grounds when a judge said he would not dismiss her lawsuit against the school district.

Judge Philip Arnold said he would issue a written opinion on Katz's claim that Medford School District policy prohibiting teachers from carrying weapons on school grounds violates Oregon state law.

Crystal awarded comedy prize

US actor Billy Crystal's talents were celebrated last night at the Kennedy Centre in Washington as he accepted the 10th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humour.

"Does this mean I have to retire now?'' Crystal asked as he cradled the award.

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