Old shells recycled as oyster sanctuary to halt decline
Conservationists hope to restore stocks of native European oysters by recycling oyster shells for the first time since the Romans got a taste for the delicacy. Anna Bevan reports.

Canadian police bust 9 members of alleged mafia clan
Canadian police on Thursday said they had arrested nine suspected members of a powerful mafia clan with roots in southern Italy involved in money laundering and illegal gambling in the Toronto area, seizing C$35 million ($26.8 million) in assets, including five Ferraris. Gavino Garay has the story.

Like 'science fiction': Mexican journalist remembers Apollo 11
As the world prepares to mark fifty years since the day American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, Reuters journalist Manuel Carrillo recalls his assignment covering the launch of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969. Carrillo was working for Excelsior Press at the time. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Queen Elizabeth watches past royals brought to life
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth visited an exhibition dedicated to her great-great-grandmother Victoria on Wednesday, which uses cutting-edge technology to recreate Buckingham Palace as it was during the 19th century. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Orphaned bear cub rescued and found new home
Orphaned baby bear Aida, who was rescued by villagers after she fled the Bosnian woods in search of food and shelter, has found a new home in the Sarajevo Zoo where she has become a star attraction. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Takeaway penguins: pair hiding out in sushi shop rescued by NZ wildlife officials
New Zealand wildlife rescuers retrieved two penguins hiding out in a sushi shop near a railway station in Wellington on Monday. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Robots to install telescopes on the moon
As the United States races to put humans back on the moon for the first time in nearly 50 years, a NASA-funded lab in Colorado aims to launch robots there first to build telescopes that will look far into our galaxy and will be remotely operated by astronauts.

Panda spoiled with special birthday cake
Panda Jiao Qing was treated to a very indulgent cake in celebration of his 9th birthday at Berlin Zoo.

Australian model sentenced to community service for in-air attack
Australian model Adau Mornyang, who was accused of shouting a racial slur at an air marshal and assaulting a flight attendant on a January 21 United Airlines Melbourne to Los Angeles flight, was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and to receive mental health and alcohol abuse counseling on Monday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Lab-grown steak for eco-conscious diners
If it cooks like a steak, smells like a steak and tastes like a steak, it must be a steak - but one that is not from a cow's body but is grown in the lab of an Israeli start-up tapping into consumer concerns about health, environment and animal welfare.

This Day in History

King Abdullah I of Jordan Is Assassinated (1951)
Abdullah I was the king of Jordan from 1946 until his death. With Britain's support, he led Arab revolts against Turkish rule in WWI and, after the Ottoman Empire's collapse, became emir of the British mandate of Transjordan in 1921. When the mandate ended, he became king of the renamed Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In 1948, he attacked the newly established state of Israel, annexing the portions of Palestine now known as the West Bank. In 1951, he was assassinated in Jerusalem by whom? Discuss

WWI: Battle of Fromelles Begins (1916)
The Battle of Fromelles was fought in France during WWI between Germany and a combined force of British and Australian troops. More than 1,500 British and 5,500 Australian soldiers were killed, wounded, or taken prisoner. The battle resulted in a decisive victory for Germany, which suffered 1,500 casualties. The Australian War Memorial describes the battle as "the worst 24 hours in Australia's entire history." What future world leader is believed to have served in the battle?

La Cantuta Massacre (1992)
In 1992, a professor and nine students from Lima's La Cantuta University were abducted by a military death squad, murdered, and secretly buried. The murders occurred during the presidency of Alberto Fujimori and his government's battle against the guerilla terrorist group Shining Path. The massacre contributed to Fujimori's conviction in 2009 on charges of human rights abuses, for which he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. What bombing was used as a justification for the La Cantuta Massacre?