US First Lady Melania Trump visits American school in Riyadh

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First lady Melania Trump chats with children as she visits American International School of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017. (Reuters)
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Updated 21 May 2017
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US First Lady Melania Trump visits American school in Riyadh

JEDDAH: The US first lady Sunday paid a visit to the American International School in Riyadh, greeting students and meeting with teachers as her husband holds bilateral meetings with GCC leaders.
Melania Trump was given a tour of the school alongside Saudi Education Minister Ahmed Al Eissa.
The first lady, who is in the country as part of Donald Trump’s first foreign trip, has been praised online for her elegant attire and chose to wear a beige trench coat style dress to attend the school tour.

As Melania engages in community outreach, her husband is attending the Saudi-GCC Summit, a key event on the calendar which will see leaders from the six Gulf nations discuss issues related to security and trade with the American president.


58 Australian fairy penguins slaughtered in suspected dog attack

Updated 17 October 2018
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58 Australian fairy penguins slaughtered in suspected dog attack

  • The grisly find comes just months after a dozen birds were found dead on a nearby beach, also in an alleged dog attack

SYDNEY: Wildlife officials in the southern Australia on Wednesday announced an investigation into the mass death of 58 penguins they believe were killed in a dog attack.
The carcases of the fairy penguins — the world’s smallest penguin species — were found strewn across a beach in Tasmania, a island-state off the mainland.
“We would like to remind dog owners of the need to take responsibility for their animals at all times as dogs have the capacity to do a lot of damage to penguin colonies in a short period of time,” Tasmania’s department of parks, water and environment said in a statement.
The latest grisly find comes just months after a dozen birds were found dead on a nearby beach, they too are believed to have been killed in a dog attack.
“All reports of alleged unlawful harming of wildlife are regarded extremely seriously by the department,” the government department said.
Fairy penguins — who grow to around just over a foot (30 centimeters) and can live for up to 24 years — are only found in southern Australia and New Zealand, with Tasmania supporting around half of the global population.
Fairy penguin colonies remain under threat from increasing urbanization, traffic and domestic animals.