Conservationists say they have stopped Japanese whalers from killing any humpback whales in their 10th campaign against the slaughter of the animals.
The Sea Shepherd ship the Sam Simon returned to Melbourne on Saturday after a three-month campaign in Antarctic waters.
The ship was running low on fuel but captain Adam Meyerson said it was due to return about this time anyway.
Mr Meyerson said Japanese whalers killed between 100 and 200 whales, mainly minke, but humpbacks had been spared.
''This is looking to be one of our best campaigns ever,'' he said.
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Libya Authorizes Use Of Force Against North Korean-Flagged Tanker
Libya’s defence ministry has issued orders to its military authorizing the use of force to stop a North Korea-flagged tanker loading crude oil sold by armed rebels seeking to bypass the Tripoli government, state media said on Sunday.
The rebels, who have seized three major Libyan ports since August to press demands for a greater share of oil revenues and political autonomy, received the tanker on Saturday at the Es Sider port in the volatile east.
The docking and loading of crude escalates a seven-month blockade of key oil ports and is just one facet of deepening turmoil in the OPEC producer, which is struggling to control militias that helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but kept their weapons and now challenge state authority.
Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Saturday Libya would bomb the 37,000-tonne tanker if it tried to exit the port, one of Libya’s biggest oil export terminals.
State news agency LANA said on Sunday the defence ministry had issued orders to the military and warned the tanker’s owner.