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  • Swiss customs seize 578 pounds of ivory en route to China

    BERLIN (AP) — Customs officials at Zurich airport have seized 262 kilograms (578 pounds) of ivory that three Chinese men had dispatched from Tanzania, contraband that may have come from up to 50 elephants, Swiss authorities said Tuesday.

    Associated Press44 mins ago
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  • Concern over lion hunting rises in South Africa

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Debate is intensifying in South Africa over the practice of hunting captive-bred lions.

    Associated Press52 mins ago
  • International outcry after Burundian rights activist shot

    The attempted killing of a leading Burundian human rights activist, shot in the face by a gunman, triggered international outrage and concern on Tuesday. Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, who publicly opposed President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial and successful bid for a third term last month, was…

  • South Africa's Nobel laureate Tutu leaves hospital

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African retired archbishop Desmond Tutu left a Cape Town hospital on Tuesday after being treated for an infection there since last month, his foundation said.

    Associated Press
  • Firing of generals raises fear of return to Algerian strife

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria is in the grips of political intrigue, as the president nears death and rumors of coup attempts swirl. Now, the unprecedented firing of three top generals is generating fear that a power struggle within the regime will break into the open — unleashing a new cycle of…

    Associated Press
  • South Africa's Tutu discharged from hospital after recurring infection

    Prominent anti-apartheid cleric and veteran South African leader, Archbishop Desmond Tutu was released from hospital on Tuesday after being re-admitted for a recurring infection related to treatment for his prostate cancer, his daughter said. Tutu, 83, who was hospitalized over the weekend at a…

  • Britain begins sale of stake in bailed-out Royal Bank of Scotland

    Britain's government on Tuesday began selling its majority stake in Royal Bank of Scotland, which was rescued with the world's biggest banking bailout at the height of the financial crisis. The government has sold at a loss 5.4 percent of RBS for £2.1 billion ($3.3 billion, 3.0 billion euros) to…

  • Major U.S. airlines end trophy hunter shipments after Cecil outcry

    Three U.S. airlines have banned the transport of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino or buffalo killed by trophy hunters, in the latest fallout from the killing of Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion last month. American Airlines said on Tuesday it would join Delta Airlines and United Airlines in banning the…

  • Van der Burgh lowers own world record in 50 breast at worlds

    KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa improved his own world record in the 50-meter breaststroke on Tuesday at the swimming world championships.

    Associated Press
  • El Nino has emerged and expected to strengthen: Australian weather bureau

    By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - An El Nino is now well established and continues to strengthen, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said, with models indicating that sea-surface temperature anomalies in the central Pacific Ocean are set to climb to the highest in 19 years. The El Nino,…

  • ICC must investigate Ivorian president's camp for wartime abuses: HRW

    The International Criminal Court must broaden its investigation into the violence that ripped Ivory Coast apart in 2010 and 2011 to include violations committed by loyalists of President Alassane Ouattara, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. Since 2011, the Hague-based court's chief prosecutor Fatou…

  • China's foreign minister to visit Ebola-affected countries

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi leaves this week on a visit to three of the African nations hardest hit by an outbreak of the Ebola virus, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. Ebola has killed more than 11,200 people in West Africa since it broke out in December 2013. China, Africa's biggest…

  • S. Africa's Tutu discharged from hospital

    South African archbishop Desmond Tutu was Tuesday discharged from hospital after spending a week receiving treatment for "a persistent infection", his office said. "The infection was a consequence of treatment for prostate cancer that the Archbishop has received over the past 18 years," a…

  • Sudan says Bashir plans to speak at U.N. summit in New York

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes and genocide charges, is planning to travel to New York in September to speak at the United Nations, Sudan's deputy U.N. envoy said on…

  • Hunters in Africa say they have a role in conservation

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In 1909-10, Theodore Roosevelt headed a Smithsonian hunting and trapping expedition in Africa that included colleagues who prepared the wildlife he killed for shipment back to America. The former U.S. president and his son, Kermit, shot hundreds of animals.

    Associated Press
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  • French minister asks UK for more help to combat migrant smuggling networks

    France's interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said he had called on Britain to provide more help in dismantling illegal immigration networks as the two countries deepen cooperation to tackle a migrant crisis at the French port of Calais. Cazeneuve told French newspaper La Croix in an interview…

  • Yemen loyalists battle rebels for key airbase

    Loyalist forces began a major offensive Monday aimed at retaking Yemen's largest airbase which is held by rebels, as troops from the Saudi-led coalition entered recaptured second city Aden. The pro-government troops deployed heavy armour supplied by their backers in the assault on Al-Anad base,…