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Two tons of trafficked ivory seized by Interpol

Interpol on Tuesday said its biggest international operation against ivory traffickers had led to more than 200 arrests and yielded nearly two tonnes of contraband ivory. The three-month-long Operation Worthy, spread across 14 countries in east, south and west Africa, also led to the recovery of more than 20 kilograms…

More than 100 Afghan students treated in latest Afghan fainting incident

More than 100 Afghan students, most of them girls, were treated in hospital on Tuesday following the latest in a series of mass fainting incidents in schools in the war-torn country, officials told AFP. The students, aged between nine and 17, felt weak and dizzy after smelling a strange odour…

Iraq PM: Exxon’s deal with the Kurds ‘may lead tothe outbreak of wars’

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki believes a contract between US oil giant ExxonMobil and Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region is dangerous and could lead to “wars,” his spokesman told AFP on Tuesday. ExxonMobil signed an oil exploration deal with the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq covering six areas, including two that are…

WikiLeaks founder seeks asylum from Ecuador

After losing an 18-month legal battle against a Swedish extradition request, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has fled to Ecuador’s embassy in London and filed a request for asylum, which officials confirmed they are considering. “ALERT: Julian Assange has requested political asylum and is under the protection of the Ecuadorian embassy…

Sri Lankan elephant-keepers jailed after elephant dies of 96 stab wounds

A Sri Lankan court has jailed four staff from a well-known elephant orphanage over the death of a 23-year-old elephant that was fatally injured with sharp sticks in an apparent effort to control it. The male, which was living at the Pinnawala elephant orphanage, a popular tourist attraction near the…

‘Butcher of Butare’ sentenced to life in final Rwandan genocide trial

The UN tribunal for Rwanda Tuesday handed a life sentence to a former army captain nicknamed the “Butcher of Butare” for his role in the 1994 genocide. Ildephonse Nizeyimana is the last member of the former Rwandan army who will be tried by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Two…

French consular agent arrested in India for abusing his 3-year-old daughter

A French consulate official in the Indian IT hub of Bangalore was remanded in judicial custody Tuesday following his formal arrest on suspicion of sexually abusing his three-year-old daughter. The official, identified as a “consular agent”, was remanded in custody for 14 days by a local magistrate pending further judicial…

Aung San Suu Kyi speaks of family’s ‘sacrifice’ in Britain

Aung San Suu Kyi began an emotional return to Britain Tuesday, visiting her former home of Oxford and speaking about the “sacrifice” her sons and late husband were forced to make. She was greeted at Oxford University, her alma mater, after taking part in a debate at the London School…

Pressure high at ‘intense’ Iran nuclear talks

Iran and world powers on Tuesday dug in for a second day of attritional talks in Moscow aimed at breaking an increasingly risky deadlock in the decade-long crisis over the Iranian nuclear programme. With the United States and Israel refusing to rule out military action and Tehran facing severe economic…

Sri Lanka jails elephant-keepers over ‘vicious’ killing

A Sri Lankan court has jailed four staff from a well-known elephant orphanage over the death of a 23-year-old elephant that was fatally injured with sharp sticks in an apparent effort to control it. The male, which was living at the Pinnawala elephant orphanage, a popular tourist attraction near the…

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