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Nova Scotia weighs a bigger seal hunt

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July 31, 2008

Canada
HALIFAX - Canada's fisheries minister said yesterday that he is considering Nova Scotia's request to hunt more gray seals - an expansion backers say will boost coastal economies. Antihunt campaigners say Canada's seal hunts are cruel and inhumane because hunters use spiked clubs and rifles to kill the animals. Federal Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn said the growth of the gray seal herd is widely recognized and his office is discussing the issue with the province's fisheries minister, Ron Chisholm. Chisholm asked last week for the quota review. (AP)

Germany
Russia cuts oil flow to Czechs again
BERLIN - Russia has further reduced its oil deliveries to the Czech Republic, bringing total July cutbacks to 50 percent, senior Czech officials said yesterday, a disruption that is again calling into question Russia's reliability as an energy supplier to Central and Eastern Europe. Supplies were reduced about 40 percent early in the month. A further cut in the past few days reduced the flow to half its pre-July level, officials said. Russia's oil pipeline monopoly, Transneft, has declined to give any indication of when full operations will resume through the Druzhba, or Friendship, Pipeline, the Czech officials said. (International Herald Tribune)

Mexico
Workers sending less money home
ATOTONILCO - Mexicans working in other countries are sending less money home, threatening businesses, stalling construction, and choking cash flow to hamlets where as much as half the population works in the United States. Analysts said stepped-up immigration raids and the slowdown in the US economy accounted for the drop in the payments, which many migrants use to sustain families back home. The payments, or remittances, have fallen about 2 percent this year to $11.6 billion, the first such drop in more than a decade since reliable records have been kept, Mexico's Central Bank said yesterday. (AP)

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