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As Croatia gears up for exploration of oil and gas in the Adriatic sea, green groups have raised concerns about the environment and economy of the tourism-dependant country's islands and pristine coastline. The government in September is set to sign contracts with two energy groups which have been granted the right to explore and drill for oil and gas in the Adriatic for a period of up to 30 years. "It is a very important project for Croatia," Barbara Doric, head of the hydrocarbon agency told AFP.
Teenage triple world-record holder Katie Ledecky of the United States retained her 400m freestyle title at the world swimming championships on Sunday to continue her dominance of the distance events. Ledecky's victory gave the United States their 100th gold medal in women's events at all world aquatic championships. The 18-year-old, who holds the world records over 400m, 800 and 1500m, led by two body lengths at the halfway stage and won gold in three minutes, 59.13 seconds to set a new championship record.
Another US hunter is suspected of killing a lion without a permit in Zimbabwe, the country's parks authority said Sunday, days after the killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist caused global outrage. A government statement said a crackdown since Cecil's killing had led to the arrest of safari organiser Headman Sibanda on allegations of breaching hunting regulations. It said Sibanda's client was an American called Jan Casmir Sieski who travelled to Zimbabwe in April.