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Climate negotiator warns world 'out of time' to save islands

Bangkok - Island nations like Fiji and the Maldives are almost at the "point of no return" because of rising sea levels, a leading climate negotiator warned Friday.

Faroese whaling 'ecological', 'respectful': minister

T - For centuries, the Faroe Islands have hunted pilot whales in ritual fashion, herding them into shallow waters to beach them before stabbing them with knives, turning the water a bloody red.

Oil in the Faroe Islands: mirage or miracle?

T - After fuelling hopes of independence from Denmark at the turn of the millennium, the Faroe Islands' dreams of an oil bonanza have turned out to be more of a mirage than a miracle.

Sports-crazed Faroe Islands' quest for Olympic recognition

Klaksv - For elite swimmer Pal Joensen, representing Denmark twice in the Olympic Games just didn't feel right. The Faroe Islands native would have much preferred to compete under the flag of Denmark's autonomous territory in the North Atlantic.

Goodbye Denmark? Faroese weigh pulling free of Danish grip

T - Enough is enough: for the Faroese sailor Birgir Enni, having spent more than half a millennium under Danish rule means it's about time for the North Atlantic autonomous archipelago to break away. "We've been occupied by Denmark for 600 years!

Family ties make Faroese women Europe's top baby makers

Hv - Gunnhild Helmsdal's mailbox has six names printed on it and will soon add a seventh: having a big family is nothing unusual in the Faroe Islands where women have the most babies in Europe despite also having the highest rate of employment.

China island expansion moves ahead in South China Sea

Bejing - China's large-scale land reclamation around disputed reefs and shoals in the South China Sea is "moving ahead steadily", state media has reported, and is on track to use giant "island-builders" to transform even more of the region.

Dominica braces for Hurricane Maria

Castries - Dominica braced for Hurricane Maria on Monday as the "potentially catastrophic" Category Five storm bore down on the island nation, packing winds of 160 miles (257 kilometers) per hour.

Egypt's Sisi ratifies handover of islands to Saudi Arabia

Cairo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ratified a treaty that hands over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in a deal that had sparked protests and a police crackdown, the cabinet said Saturday.

Egypt's Sisi ratifies island handover to Saudi Arabia: cabinet

Cairo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ratified a treaty that hands over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in a deal that had sparked protests and a police crackdown, the cabinet said Saturday.

The impact crater that destroyed many species discovered

Port Stanley - According to researchers from New York University, a basin in the Falkland Islands shows traits of a large impact crater. This could be the largest ever recorded on the planet and the one responsible for wiping out most of the life on Earth.

Egypt's Sisi to accept courts' decision on island transfers

Cairo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Wednesday he will not interfere in any decision the courts or parliament take on a controversial move to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Top Egypt court rejects islands transfer to Saudi Arabia

Cairo - Egypt's top administrative court upheld on Monday a ruling voiding a government agreement to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in a deal that sparked rare protests.

Indonesia adds more than 1,100 islands to its official tally

Indonesia has added more than 1100 to the official count of its islands, from 13,466 to 14,572. The country will also allow foreign investors to name more than 4,000 of its islands that do not have names.

World’s shortest flight celebrates millionth passenger

Many flights take hours to complete. There are not many that take less than an hour. How about two minutes for the world’s shortest flight? This over-in-an-instance trip has celebrated its one millionth passenger.

Chinese ships sail near disputed islands: Japan

Toukyo - Four Chinese vessels sailed into territorial waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea, Japan said Sunday, as Tokyo attempts to engage with Beijing to press North Korea over its latest nuclear test.

Japan to develop missile as tensions with China mount

Toukyo - Japan will develop a new land-to-sea missile as part of plans to beef up its defence of remote southern islands, as tensions with China increase over the disputed territory, a report said Sunday.

Egypt court quashes handover of Red Sea islands to Saudi

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Tuesday quashed a government decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, judicial sources said, overruling a deal that had sparked public outrage.

Japan protests as Chinese navy sails near disputed isles

Toukyo - A Chinese naval ship sailed into waters surrounding disputed East China Sea islands for the first time early Thursday, prompting Tokyo to summon the Chinese ambassador to protest, the Japanese government said.

Five islands in Solomons submerged due to sea-level rise

Aerial and Satellite images show rising sea levels have caused five islands in the Solomons in the South Pacific to completely disappear, the first scientific evidence that confirms the dramatic impact of climate change on low-lying islands.

Drones used for ecological modelling

A new study has concluded that drones are much more accurate for monitoring the size of seabird colonies in tropical and polar environments. This could lead to a wider application of drones for ecological research.

Photo Essay: Peru's incredibly biodiverse Ballestas Islands Special

Pisco - Known to many budget minded travelers as the "Poor Man's Galapagos," the Ballestas Islands are a hotbed of magnificent marine fauna just off the coast of Southern Peru.

Is China getting too aggressive in South China Sea?

Washington, D. C. - U.S. officials are raising concerns internationally about China’s latest activities in the South China Sea that appear to threaten Southeast Asia allies.

Japan PM pledges to resolve island row with Russia

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday pledged to resolve a row with Russia over an island chain claimed by both nations and sign a bilateral peace treaty delayed since WWII.

São Vicente: Culture and music in Cape Verde (Video)

Mindelo - São Vicente is the heart and soul of the culture and music of the beautiful and varied Cape Verde islands. Located between the mountainous Santo Antão and the deserted island of Santa Luzia, it is an fascinating place to visit.

Croatian island children connect with online learning

Susak - For Croatia, making sure the five children on the tiny island of Susak get good schooling is not only a civic responsibility, it's a way of ensuring the viability of its sparsely populated Adriatic islands."Schools give life to small islands," said Oli...

Obama chooses to minimize China island conflict

Once again President Obama has chosen to minimize confrontation, this time with China. The U.S. government is advising U.S. commercial and private planes to avoid islands China claims.

Experts plan mass rat cull to ‘save seabirds’

A plan has been unveiled to kill over 3,000 rats on two of the Isles of Scilly has been announced. The aim is to protect seabirds from the rodents.

Magnitude 6 earthquake strikes off Portugal's Azores archipelago

Ponta Delgada - A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck in the Atlantic Ocean just 60 kilometers (38 miles) east of Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel in the Azores archipelago.

Japan's Coast Guard detains Chinese fishing vessel

Amid continued political posturing and disputed claims of ownership to a set of islands in the East China Sea, Japan has confirmed they detained a Chinese fishing boat off the Japanese coast of Kagoshima Prefecture.
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PROBLEMATIC: Ships believed to be Chinese dredging vessels are seen in the vicinity of Subi Reef in ...
PROBLEMATIC: Ships believed to be Chinese dredging vessels are seen in the vicinity of Subi Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in a photo from 2015.
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One of the remote islands of the Crozet Archipelago.
One of the remote islands of the Crozet Archipelago.

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