Chilean Volcano
Thousands fleed their homes and flights were grounded as Chilean volcano sends plumes of ash showering down. The Chilean volcano which erupted in July 2011 has sent a towering plume of ash across South America, forcing thousands from their homes, grounding airline flights in southern Argentina and coating ski resorts with a gritty layer of dust instead of snow. Booming explosions echoed across the Andes as toxic gases belched up from a three-mile-long fissure in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle... Authorities in Chile went house to house, trying to persuade stragglers near the volcano to evacuate because of an increasing danger of toxic gas and flash floods. Winds fanned the ash toward neighbouring Argentina, darkening the sky in the ski reso...

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Artist paints on swan feathers
Artist Ian Davie uses swan feathers as a canvas for his intricate paintings. Mr Davie, 44, collects the quills from a swannery near his home in Snowdonia National Park, Wales, and takes up to a week to create each work of art. After cleaning the white feathers and individually straightening them out with tweezers, he then begins the arduous process of painting. The former gamekeeper only picked up a paintbrush for the first time in 2004, and now his works sell for around £700 each. He...   "I eventually started with a traditional canvas five years ago and discovered to my surprise that I was quite adept at painting. "I then went on holiday to New Zealand where I met my wife Tracey and observed the feather art of the Maori people. "...

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USS New York
It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center. It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft. Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship's bow section. When... Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the 'hair on my neck stood up.' 'It had a big meaning to it for all of us,' he said. 'They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back.' The ship'...

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Monkey adopts a kitten
A young long tailed macaque monkey has been spotted in a forest protectively nuzzling and grooming a ginger kitten and making sure no harm came to it. The extraordinary sight was captured by amateur photographer Anne Young while on holiday at the Monkey Forest Park, in the Ubud region of Bali, Indonesia. During the remarkable moments the monkey would become agitated if Anne ventured too near to take pictures and at one point used a huge...   Throughout the session the kitten enjoyed the attention being lavished on it by its protective carer and made no effort to leave. The reserve is inhabited by about 340 monkeys in four groups. It is considered sacred by locals and visited by about 10,000 tourists each month. It is not known how t...

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