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Sri Lanka faces ‘worst-ever beach pollution’ from burning ship

Millions of plastic pellets from a container ship ablaze off Colombo have already washed up on beaches, along with other hazardous waste. The disaster threatens the lucrative fishing and tourism sectors.

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12 May 2021
The US navy has used gunfire to chase off Iranian vessels in the Persian Gulf for the second time in a few weeks. It took two rounds of fire before the boats turned back.
18 May 2021
Images from the Chicago Fire Department show the moment a desperate cat leap from the 5th floor of a burning multi-story apartment building in Chicago on Thursday afternoon. The black cat appears through the thick smoke at a broken window and pauses for a second before taking the plunge. Onlookers gasp as the cat falls gracefully through the air before landing on his feet with a bounce on the grass.
21 May 2021
The Sea-Eye 4, one of the ships operated by the German non-profit Sea-Eye, docks in the southern Sicilian port of Pozzallo and disembarks 415 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean. Italy is one of the main points of entry into Europe for migrants from North Africa, mainly from Libya and Tunisia. More than 13,350 people have arrived on Italian shores since January, three times more than in the same period a year earlier, according to the interior ministry.
31 May 2021
Millions of plastic pellets from a container ship ablaze off Colombo have already washed up on beaches, along with other hazardous waste. The disaster threatens the lucrative fishing and tourism sectors.
5 Jun 2021
A burnt-out container ship off the Sri Lankan coast is sinking, with several hundred tonnes of oil still in its fuel tanks, according to the navy. The MV X-Press Pearl was carrying hundreds of tonnes of chemicals and plastics.
5 Jun 2021
The MV X-Press Pearl, which had its fires extinguished on Tuesday after burning for almost two weeks, is now sinking, threatening further environmental damage. Roughly 25 tons of nitric acid are on board the ship.
12 Jun 2021
The German army is planning to bring back more than thousands of beer cans from Afghanistan. Soldiers are not longer allowed to drink it due to security concerns.
16 Jun 2021
Docked in a river harbour in Warsaw next to coal storage and a rubbish tip, a steel-hulled sailing boat built by a group of homeless Poles is preparing for its maiden voyage. The 17.8-metre (58-foot) long schooner was christened on June 12th with the name "Father Boguslaw" after the priest who initiated the improbable project in 2006 with the aim of reintegrating homeless people back into society.
9 Jul 2021
The Panama-flagged Ever Given is sailing in the Mediterranean. Egypt had held the container ship until authorities reached a compensation agreement with its owners.
6 Aug 2021
Barely halfway through summer, the area burned by wildfires raging through the Balkans, Italy and the southeastern Mediterranean has already eclipsed yearly averages.
9 Aug 2021
Greek islanders are taking refuge on a chartered ship and on the beach after fleeing their homes from wildfires on the Greek island of Evia, sparked by a record heatwave. The blazes have destroyed homes and reduced thousands of hectares of land to ash on Greece's second-largest island just northeast of the capital Athens.