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Stories with subject: Coral reefs
  • China seeks global support for South China Sea policies 
    Updated: May-06-16 3:14 am

    BEIJING - China is seeing mixed results in its effort to enlist friendly states in its push to exclude the U.S. and its allies from the festering South China Sea dispute, underscoring the limits of Chinese diplomacy despite its massive economic clout.

  • After ships and planes, Chinese singers assert sea claims 
    Updated: May-04-16 4:56 am

    BEIJING - China's military has dispatched ships and planes - even constructed new islands to assert its maritime claims. Now it's deploying a new set of tools to uphold Chinese sovereignty: Magicians, singers and actors.

  • In Pacific nation of Palau, Jellyfish Lake losing namesake 
    Updated: May-03-16 2:33 am

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - The big question at Palau's Jellyfish Lake: Where are all the jellyfish?

  • Cheering Cubans greet first cruise ship from US in decades story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-02-16 3:34 pm

    HAVANA - Greeted with rum drinks and salsa dancers, the first passengers to cruise from the U.S. to Cuba in nearly 40 years streamed Monday into a crowd cheering the rebirth of commercial travel on waters that served as a stage for a half-century of Cold War hostility.

  • SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH: Will China build on disputed shoal? story has photos
    Updated: May-02-16 1:54 am

    Tensions in the South China Sea are rising, pitting China against smaller and weaker neighbors that all lay claim to islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves. China's recent construction of artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago, complete with airstrips and radar stations, and U.S. patrols challenging Beijing's vast territorial claims, have caused concern that the strategically important waters could become a flashpoint.

  • Scientists blame El Nino, warming for 'gruesome' coral death story has photos
    Updated: Apr-06-16 2:41 pm

    The coral on the sea floor around the Pacific island of Kiritimati looked like a boneyard in November - stark, white and lifeless. But there was still some hope.