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Kenya’s elephants may vanish in 10 years, warns prominent naturalist

A Kenya Wildlife Service officer holds an elephant ivory tusk, as they are displayed outside the Port of Mombasa’s police station, in Mombasa, Kenya, earlier this month, after a container ship containing more than 440 pieces…  …

Torture survivor leads Chileans’ battle for justice over Pinochet abuses

Leopoldo García Lucero carries a disfiguring zigzag scar above his left eye where a police officer lacerated his face with the stock of a machine gun. The injury was inflicted nearly 40 years ago in the blood-stained basement of a Santiago police station during the military coup in Chile that…

U.S. troops ‘posed with Afghan remains in 2010′

US soldiers took pictures of themselves posing with the mangled remains of suspected Afghan suicide bombers on more than one occasion in 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday. The LA Times said the US Army had launched an investigation into the incident after the newspaper showed them some of the photos, which…

China backs down on secret detentions

China has abandoned controversial plans to make it legal to “disappear” criminal suspects following a huge public outcry, in a move hailed as a victory for judicial reformers. Proposed changes to China’s criminal law being debated this week by parliament originally included a clause that allowed police to hold people…

Greek riots escalate as parliament passes austerity plan

The Greek parliament in the early hours of Monday voted its approval of a harsh new austerity plan in exchange for new loans from foreign lenders. The vote was not even close, with 199 members of parliament voting in favor, 74 against, and 27 abstaining. The two major parties in…

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