Ireland will be marking the seventh National Biodiversity Week from May 18-26.
It is being organised in partnership with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Irish Environmental Network and the National Biodiversity Data Centre.
Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan said: "Our biodiversity is important to each of us, and the events of biodiversity week will help to raise awareness of the role of biodiversity in our lives."
Four years' jail for Berlusconi
An appeals court has upheld the tax fraud conviction against ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi and sentenced him to four years in prison.
But the former Italian leader could appeal against this verdict to a higher court.
In October, a court convicted Berlusconi in a scheme that involved inflating the price that his Mediaset media empire paid for TV rights to US movies and pocketing the difference.
Berlusconi says he's a victim of politically motivated prosecutors.
Hunt is on for missing teen
GardaI are trying to locate a 17-year-old girl who has been missing from her home in Ardfinnan, Co Tipperary, since Monday evening.
Hayley Glavin is described as 1.7m tall and has long brown hair. She was last seen wearing a white hooded jacket with a black stripe, green tracksuit bottoms, a green T-shirt and black shoes.
Anybody with information as to Hayley's whereabouts is asked to contact Cahir Garda Station on 052-7445630, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111, or any garda station.
Lead singer in
The lead singer of Grammy-nominated heavy metal band As I Lay Dying has been arrested in California accused of trying to hire an undercover detective to kill his estranged wife.
Tim Lambesis (32) was arrested at a retail business in Oceanside, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.
It said information had been received that Lambesis had asked someone to kill his wife, who lives in Encinitas.