Mo Shaoping, a human rights lawyer, shown above in 2008, was stopped from from leaving China on Tuesday on charges that his departure might endanger national security
Size: 15-45 centimetres (5.9-18 in)
The Axolotl is the best-known of the Mexican neotenic mole salamanders belonging to the Tiger Salamander complex. Larvae of this species fail to undergo metamorphosis, so the adults remain aquatic and gilled. They are science's aquatic lab rats due to the fact they can regenerate most body parts with ease, among other things. They are commonly kept as pets in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Japan (when sold they are known as Wooper Rooper).
Recently, an Al Jazeera online correspondent launched an investigation into the BP oil spill and the illnesses linked to the dispersants used along the Gulf Coast. While this isn't necessarily new news, the fact that this story is being reported by Al Jazeera instead of the NY Times, Washington Post or WSJ speaks volumes.