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Influential MP proposes BOTs elected representation in Westminster
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 25 July 2017 (MercoPress) - An influential Tory MP has said that increased devolution powers to the Home countries has made lack of Westminster representation for the Crown Dependencies and the British Overseas Territories a great unfairness, and it is time to end the outdated system of treating them like Colonies.

New non-photosynthesizing plant discovered on Ishigaki island
KOBE, Japan, 25 July 2017 (SPX) - A new species of non-photosynthesizing parasitic plant has been discovered on the subtropical island of Ishigaki in Okinawa, Japan and named Sciaphila sugimotoi.

Tobago gears up to fight sargassum invasion
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, 25 July 2017 (IPS) - As Tobago’s tourism industry struggles to repel the sargassum invasions that have smothered its beaches with massive layers of seaweed as far as the eye can see – in some places half a metre thick – and left residents retching from the stench, the island’s government is working to establish an early warning system that will alert islanders of imminent invasions so they can take defensive action.

The abandoned island you can visit just one day a year
LONDON, UK, 25 July 2017 (BBC) - Abandoned in the 19th Century after a plague epidemic, the isle of Eynhallow remains a time capsule in Scotland’s remote Orkney Islands.

Saltwater crocodile attacks terrorise Solomon Islands
LONDON, UK, 25 July 2017 (Guardian) - A growing number of crocodile attacks is forcing police in the Solomon Islands to shoot the animals and to consider lifting a 30-year ban on exporting their valuable skins in order to control the population.

How a winemaker is taking on Sicily's rural Mafia
LONDON, UK, 25 July 2017 (BBC) - From the terrace of his winery near the baroque town of Caltagirone in south-eastern Sicily, Cesare Nicodemo surveys his fields of ripening vines - a glass of his finest spumante in hand.

Meet the man who has lived alone on this island for 28 years
WASHINGTON, US, 24 July 2017 (NatGeog) - Seventy-eight-year-old Mauro Morandi often walks along the rocky shores of Budelli Island and looks out over the disconsolate sea, feeling dwarfed by the phantom forces that tug and twist the tides.