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  • In Pictures Flying animals that aren't birds

    BREACHING WHALE: Whales' surface behaviors consist of lunging, porpoising, spyhopping, lobtailing, and breaching, among others. When a whale breaches, at least 40 percent of its body comes out of the water, making it momentarily airborne. Right, Humpback, and Sperm whales breach the most. A 40 ton whale seen here crashed into a South African couple's yacht on July 18.

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  • Samet Island coast marred by oil spill

    Samet Island, a popular tourist destination in Thailand's eastern sea, was in the path of an oil spill that washed up black waves of crude oil on its beaches over the weekend. The Samet Island oil spill came from a leak in the pipeline operated by a subsidiary of state-owned oil and gas company PTT Plc.  

  • A decade after independence, East Timor's surprising best friend? Indonesia.

    Ten years ago, East Timor was reeling from Indonesia's scorched-earth withdrawal after two-plus decades of occupation. Today it sees its huge neighbor as a crucial partner.

  • In Pictures Flying animals that aren't birds

    BREACHING WHALE: Whales' surface behaviors consist of lunging, porpoising, spyhopping, lobtailing, and breaching, among others. When a whale breaches, at least 40 percent of its body comes out of the water, making it momentarily airborne. Right, Humpback, and Sperm whales breach the most. A 40 ton whale seen here crashed into a South African couple's yacht on July 18.

  • How bad is Gulf oil spill? A global Q&A on offshore oil spills

    How bad is Gulf oil spill? A global Q&A on offshore oil spills

    With some 1,200 offshore oil rigs operating today, oil spills are still relatively rare. But experts warn that safety procedures and cleanup methods have not kept pace with drilling at ever-deeper depths.

  • In Pictures Oil rigs

    In this April 21 photo released by the US Coast Guard, a fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon burns 52-miles southeast of Venice, La. Helicopters, ships and an airplane searched waters off Louisiana's coast Wednesday for missing workers after an explosion and fire that left an offshore drilling platform tilting in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • In Pictures Destructive Oil Spills

    On April 26, weathered oil is seen near the coast of Louisiana from a leaking pipeline that resulted from an explosion on a Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. Crews are working with robot submarines to activate a shutoff device known as a blowout preventer to close off the flow of oil at the sunken rig's well head. Hundreds of miles of marshes, barrier islands, and white sand beaches are threatened by the approaching oil in the Gulf of Mexico.