A pioneering and popular plan to bring beavers back to the Highlands is in danger of being killed off by the Scottish Executive under pressure from a powerful group of farmers and landowners.
Beavers became extinct in Scotland over 400 years ago, and conservationists have long been preparing to take the historic step of reintroducing them. Plans for a trial to begin in Argyll next year are well advanced.
Radioactive fall-out from the world's nuclear weapons tests during the Cold War has killed 11,000 Americans with cancer, according to a new report by US scientists. Experts say that many thousands more are likely to have died in other countries.