Wikinews Shorts: November 30, 2008

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46 injured in grenade attack in Thailand

Thailand

A grenade attack on protesters who have been occupying the government house in the Thai capital of Bangkok has injured 46 people, according to emergency services.

The explosion occurred as the Thai authorities were trying to put an end to blockades of the two Bangkok airports by People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) demonstrators. The protesters are demanding that the Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat resign, and have occupied the government house since August.

"Protesters have returned to their positions, they are not scared," said Suriyasai Katasila, a PAD spokesman, to local Channel Three television.

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Cameroon gives world's rarest gorilla protection boost

The Cross River Gorilla is one of the world's most endangered species

The Cameroon government has created a new national park in an effort to protect the world's rarest subspecies of gorilla, the critically endangered Cross River.

The park is to be named as Takamanda National Park. Approximately 115 of the Cross River gorillas live there, about a third of worldwide population of the species, which is thought to be at about 300.

The Wildlife Conservation Society, or WCS, helped establish the park, and says that it will help slow the hunting and deforestation that have led the Cross River species to the verge of extinction.

Steven E. Sanderson, president and CEO of WCS, said that "the government of Cameroon is to be commended for taking this step in saving the Cross River gorilla for future generations."

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