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  • Thailand seizes 3 tons of elephant tusks smuggled from Kenya 27 Apr 2015 | 1:39 am

    A Thai Customs Department official arranges seized elephant tusks to be displayed at their headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, April 27, 2015. Thailand seized 3 tons of ivory hidden in tea leaf sacks from Kenya in the second-biggest bust in the country's history, one week after the biggest seizure, customs officials said Monday. The 511 elephant tusks worth $6 million, bound for Laos, were seized upon arrival Saturday at a major port in Chonburi province in eastern Thailand. The bust came after customs officials received a tip-off in Laos and Thailand and tracked the containers from Kenya, Customs Department Director-General Somchai Sujjapongse told reporters. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand seized 3 tons of ivory hidden in tea leaf sacks from Kenya in the second-biggest bust in the country's history, one week after the biggest seizure, customs officials said Monday.

  • Togo awaits results of presidential vote marked by low turnout 26 Apr 2015 | 9:52 pm

    People peek into a polling station as members of Togo's electoral commission count ballots for the presidential election vote, in Lome, on April 25, 2015Only around half of voters turned out for Togo's presidential polls, election officials said on Sunday, boosting the chances of incumbent Faure Gnassingbe winning a third term and extending his family's almost 50-year rule over the tiny west African nation. Of some 3.5 million voters called to polling stations on Saturday, only 53 to 55 percent took part, the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) said. The CENI has another five days to announce the outcome. Turnout was significantly lower than in 2010, when nearly two thirds of registered voters took part.

  • Ten people drown as canoe capsizes in Mali: police 26 Apr 2015 | 4:41 pm

    A boat ferries passengers across the river Bani, a branch of the river Niger, near the commercial port of the northern city of Mopti, Mali, on March 15, 2013Ten people drowned on Sunday after their canoe capsized in Mali, a police source told AFP, the first major river accident in the impoverished west African nation in 18 months. The source said the dugout canoe appeared to have encountered difficulties after being hit by "a violent wind" on the Niger river, which bisects the town of around 5,000 in southwestern Mali.

  • Europe recalls the horror 70 years after Nazi camps liberated 26 Apr 2015 | 3:02 pm

    Flowers in front of a memorial stone near the gas chamber of the former Nazi concentration camp in Natzwiller-Struthof, eastern France, on April 26, 2015European leaders on Sunday remembered the atrocities of concentration camps run by the Nazis and their allies during the Second World War with ceremonies in Germany, Croatia and France. At the site of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany the president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder, recalled the shock of the first images to emerge from the camp when it was liberated 70 years ago. The sombre and emotional scenes were mirrored at Jasenovac in Croatia, where families, officials and diplomats gathered to remember the tens of thousands of victims, mostly Serbs and Jews, who were killed in one of the war's most brutal concentration camps.

  • Benin votes in test for President Boni Yayi 26 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm

    Benin President Thomas Yayi Boni arrives at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Foundation center in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast, on March 28, 2014Benin voted Sunday in legislative elections seen as a key test for President Thomas Boni Yayi, whom the opposition accuses of planning to try to cling to power after his second term ends next year. Boni Yayi, who has led the small west African nation since 2006, has announced plans for constitutional reforms aimed at cracking down on corruption by strengthening the justice system. "I am not a candidate in this election and I am no longer a candidate for anything," Boni Yayi told reporters after casting his ballot in Benin's commercial capital Cotonou. "The challenge for the ruling party is to have a large majority in the national assembly, which would allow the president to realise consitutional reforms and maybe authorise (his) third term," said Gilles Yabi, a west Africa specialist based in Senegal's capital Dakar.

  • Nigeria recalls diplomats from South Africa over attacks 26 Apr 2015 | 1:13 pm

    Demonstrators walk through the streets of Johannesburg Thursday, April 23, 2015 protesting against recent attacks on immigrants that killed seven people. The protesters walked through the center of Johannesburg passing neighborhoods that are home to many immigrants, a large number of whom come from other African countries. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria is recalling its top diplomats in South Africa because of "ongoing xenophobia targeting foreigners," according to a government statement.

  • South Africa, Nigeria trade barbs over attacks on migrants 26 Apr 2015 | 12:46 pm

    A demonstrator holds a banner in Johannesburg, South Africa, on April 23, 2015 during a protest against the recent wave of xenophobic attacksThe South African government reacted angrily Sunday to Nigeria's decision to recall its ambassador from Pretoria over a wave of mob attacks on African migrants that killed at least seven people. "We are not sure which actions or behaviour of the South African Government the Nigerian Government is protesting," the South African foreign ministry said in a statement.

  • Guinea's opposition calls new protests 26 Apr 2015 | 12:14 pm

    Protestors gesture in front of servicemen on April 23, 2015, in Conakry, Guinea, as security forces clash with opposition supportersGuinea's opposition has called for renewed protests over the country's disputed election timetable in a show of defiance after days of deadly clashes between activists and security forces. The coalition of main opposition parties issued a statement late Saturday saying it was planning "another peaceful march" in Conakry on Thursday followed by a nationwide demonstration next week. The call for renewed protests follows two weeks of clashes between anti-government activists and security services which have left several people dead and dozens wounded in the country's largest towns and cities. A delegation of the European Union in Conakry called for an end to the bloodshed which it said was "a very worrying signal at a time when all political actors should be working together to eradicate Ebola".

  • Monument to South Africa's "Hottentot Venus" vandalised 26 Apr 2015 | 12:07 pm

    Traditional herbs are burnt around the coffin bearing the remains of Sarah 'Saartjie' Baartman at a ceremony on her arrival at the airport in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, August 8, 2002Vandals in South Africa have vandalised a monument to Saartjie Baartman, Africa's "Hottentot Venus" who was paraded in 19th century Europe like a circus freak, police said Sunday. The incident in Hankey, in rural Eastern Cape province, is the latest in a spate of assaults on monuments that had, until now, chiefly targeted colonial symbols. "The plaque was vandalised with white paint," police spokeswoman Gerda Swart told AFP, adding that a resident who witnessed a group of people lobbing paint at the memorial had reported the incident. Her remains were finally brought home to South Africa in 2002 and buried in Hankey, amid much fanfare.

  • Ex-US Ranger's long march to honor WWII hero 26 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am

    ALBANY, New York (AP) — For years after Col. William O. Darby was killed in Italy in World War II, fellow soldiers would make a pilgrimage to his family's home just to talk to his mother about the fallen hero credited with forming the elite U.S. Army Rangers.

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