World Newsbits for September 7, 2013
Wellington, New Zealand (AP)- New Zealand announced plans Friday to restrict fishing in some regions to try to save the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin from extinction. Experts estimate there are only 55 Maui’s dolphins remaining. Unique to the South Pacific nation, the dolphins have short snouts and rounded fins. They are gray, black and white, and grow no longer than 1.7 meters (5.6 feet). Conservation Minister Nick Smith said he wants to extend areas around the Taranaki region where commercial fishing nets are banned. He plans to make a final ruling next month following a period of public consultation. “Where there are confirmed and reliable sightings of Maui’s dolphins, we are not having set net fishing,’’ he said Friday. “But equally, I don’t want to ban fishing in areas where I have no concrete evidence that Maui’s dolphins occupy.’’
Tehran, (AFP) — Iran’s foreign minister said on Facebook that Tehran condemns the World War II Nazi massacre of the Jews, in stark contract to Holocaust denials by former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. “We condemn the massacre of Jews by the Nazis, and we condemn the massacre of Palestinians by the Zionists,’’ Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Facebook page, where he published the text of an interview he gave to the Tasnim news agency. Zarif was also asked whether he wished Jews “Happy Rosh Hashanah’’ (New Year), and had had an exchange about the Holocaust on Twitter. “I replied to a question from a person who appeared to be the daughter of the ex-speaker of the US House of Representatives,’’ Nancy Pelosi, he wrote.