The spectacled, or Andean, bear is the only bear native to South America. About 25,000 still live in the Andes and the outlying mountain ranges. Conflicts between the bears and humans are especially common in Peru.
Fire threatens Spain's Doñana National Park - but this is only one of numerous pressures endangering natural reserves in Europe. Poor conservation practice is making the protected label fail across the continent.
The new South Korean leader, Moon Jae-in, has promised to try to engage the cloistered regime in Pyongyang, but few believe that North Korea will reciprocate or abandon its nuclear weapons. Julian Ryall reports.
Romania has banned bear hunting, shutting down a multi-million-euro industry. Environmentalists are rejoicing, but some locals fear brown bears roaming the Carpathian Mountains may attack livestock - and people.
Corn and goats are the snacks of choice for spectacled bears. But their eating habits are bringing them into conflict with disgruntled farmers in Peru. Some groups there are trying to smooth over bear-human Relations.
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