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The D'Oliveira affair was a controversy over the inclusion of Basil D'Oliveira, a mixed-race cricketer of South African origin, in the England cricket team selected to tour apartheid-era South Africa in 1968–69. D'Oliveira had moved to England primarily because apartheid restricted his cricketing career; he played Test cricket for England from 1966. The English cricketing authorities wished to maintain traditional links with South Africa and have the tour go ahead without incident; the South Africans publicly indicated that D'Oliveira could play, but secretly worked to prevent this. D'Oliveira's omission from the tour party, ostensibly on cricketing merit, prompted a public outcry in Britain; when he was then chosen to replace an injured player, the South Africans alleged political motivations behind England's team selection. Following abortive attempts at compromise, the English cancelled the tour before it began. Sporting boycotts of South Africa were already under way but this controversy was the first to have a serious impact on South African cricket. South Africa was almost totally isolated from international cricket from 1971 to 1991. (Full article...)

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Map showing locations of all municipalities of Yukon

Yukon's eight municipalities (map pictured) cover only 0.2% of the territory's land mass but are home to 80.2% of its population. Yukon is the second-most populous of Canada's three territories, with 33,897 residents as of 2011. At approximately 475,000 km2 (183,000 sq mi), it is the smallest territory in land area. Municipal governments are created by the Government of Yukon in accordance with the Municipal Act of 2001. Classifications of municipalities under the Municipal Act include cities and towns. Whitehorse is the capital of Yukon and its only city. The remaining seven municipalities are towns, of which four were villages that were continued as towns upon adoption of the 2001 Municipal Act. Over two-thirds of the population of Yukon (23,276 residents; 68.7%) reside in Whitehorse. It is also the largest municipality by land area at 416.54 km2 (160.83 sq mi). The smallest municipality by population is Teslin, with 122 residents, while the smallest by land area is Mayo at 1.06 km2 (0.41 sq mi). (Full list...)

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Pelagia noctiluca

Pelagia noctiluca is a bioluminescent species of jellyfish in the family Pelagiidae. Commonly found offshore in the warm and temperate waters of the oceans, it may occasionally be washed near the coastline. This specimen was photographed in a rockpool on the south coast of Sardinia, Italy.

Photograph: Hans Hillewaert

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