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Rallies in South Africa to save the king of beasts CAPE TOWN: Wildlife campaigners joined rallies around South Africa Saturday in an international push to protect the lion and save the king of beasts from being raised in cages for "canned hunting". In Cape Town, South African archbishop and Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu gave his support to the rally with a prayer read by his daughter Mpho, calling for success in "saving all wildlife, but especially in this instance white lions.""Save the lion" rallies are set to be held in cities around the world, but the focus is on South Africa, where the hunting of lions raised in captivity is lucrative business. Canned hunting involves releasing the lions into a confined area with no escape, and then allowing hunters to take home a lion head or skin as a memento from their kill."I don't believe in canned hunting. It shouldn't be hunting for trophies," said Madeleine Goetsch, 54, who ...

Supporters of Bouteflika rally for his re-election ALGIERS: Several thousand supporters of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika rallied on Saturday to support his re-election bid in a show of strength by those who portray him as key to stability in the North African country.Bouteflika, 77, has registered his candidacy for the April 17 election in which he is almost certain to win another five-year term despite questions over his health and ability to govern since he suffered a stroke last year.Algeria's election comes ...
US philanthropist Howard Buffett takes aim at rhino poaching JOHANNESBURG: American philanthropist Howard G. Buffett donated $24 million to South Africa's national parks service on Friday to fund a high-tech campaign against rhino poaching which he compared to the United States' war on drugs on its southern border. Buffett, son of billionaire investor and Berkshire Hathaway Inc chairman Warren Buffett, one of the world's richest men, presented the 255 million rand cheque to South African authorities at Standard Bank offices in Johannesburg. The money ...
South Sudan army battles rebels in key oil town JUBA: South Sudan's army on Thursday said it was battling rebels in the strategic oil city of Malakal, the latest clashes in the nearly three-month-long conflict."There has been fighting between our forces and the rebels in and around Malakal town for the last two days," army spokesman Philip Aguer told AFP, adding the clashes were sporadic.The fighting comes as regional leaders meet in neighbouring Ethiopia in a renewed push for peace.The northeastern town of Malakal, ...
Rebels to end oil terminal blockade: Libya TRIPOLI: The president of Libya's highest political authority suspended Wednesday plans to assault rebels blockading oil terminals, giving them a two-week ultimatum to stand down or again face the prospect of military action.On Monday, General National Congress (GNC) head Nuri Abu Sahmein had ordered an assault on rebels demanding regional autonomy in the east and who began exporting oil this week in defiance of the central government.But on Wednesday, he said "we have decided to ...
African Union opens probe into South Sudan atrocities ADDIS ABABA: The African Union opened a commission of inquiry Wednesday into atrocities carried out in the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.South Sudan's government has been at war with rebel groups since December 15, when a clash between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to sacked vice president Riek Machar snowballed into full-scale fighting across the world's newest nation.Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo heads the five-member commission, which was set up to ...
Elephants can tell difference between human languages WASHINGTON: African elephants can differentiate between human languages and move away from those considered a threat, a skill they have honed to survive in the wild, researchers said Monday.The study suggests elephants, already known to be intelligent creatures, are even more sophisticated than previously believed when it comes to understanding human dangers. African elephants (Loxodonta africana) are the largest land animals on Earth and are considered a vulnerable species due to habitat loss and illegal ...


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