Nearly 220 West Africans freed from human traffickers

Nearly 220 West Africans freed from human traffickers

Almost 220 victims of human trafficking trapped in Benin and Nigeria have been rescued in a law enforcement operation coordinated by INTERPOL, the France-based agency said. INTERPOL said Operation Epervier II led to the arrest of 47 people, along with cash, vehicles, phones and computers that were seized. Of the…

Kenya museum fossils lead to giant carnivore discovery

Kenya museum fossils lead to giant carnivore discovery

Paleontologists at Ohio University in the United States say they have discovered a new species of large carnivore, after taking a second look at fossils stored in a drawer at the National Museums of Kenya. The 22-million-year-old fossils were found in Kenya decades ago by researchers focused on ancient apes,…

Sudan’s protesters reject military rule in place of ousted Bashir

There was supposed to be a pro-government rally on Thursday in Khartoum, with President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan speaking to the crowds near the Presidential Palace in yet another counter-protest as thousands continued their demonstrations against Bashir near the Sudanese military headquarters. Instead, the Sudanese military placed Bashir and top…

Singapore seizes another huge pangolin shipment from Nigeria

Authorities in Singapore say they’ve seized yet another illegal shipment of pangolin scales, this time adding another 12.7 tons to last week’s interdiction of 12.9 tons of scales – or about 21,000 endangered pangolin. The latest seizure came after inspection of a 40-foot container that was en route to Vietnam…

Uganda says 2 abducted from safari park are safe

Ugandan officials say they’ve rescued a United States citizen and her driver, who were abducted last week while on a safari tour of Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of the country’s premier conservation areas and tourist destinations near the border with Democratic Republic of Congo. Police say they are still…

Rwanda’s Kwibuka to mark 25th anniversary of 1994 genocide

Rwandans on Sunday will begin a three-month observation to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1994 genocide that claimed the lives of more than 1 million people. Known as Kwibuka with its theme to “remember, unite, renew,” the observance will begin with President Paul Kagame lighting the Flame of Remembrance…

Singapore seizes illegal pangolin scales worth $38.7 million

Authorities in Singapore say they’ve seized what is the largest illegal shipment of pangolin scales in the world in recent years, after discovering almost 13 tons in a container en route from Nigeria to Vietnam. Customs officials along with the National Parks Board inspected a 40-foot container at the Pasir…

Pompeo declines comment on U.S. tourist abduction in Uganda

In the United States, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to comment Wednesday on the reported abduction of a U.S. citizen in Uganda, when asked by reporters during a media availability held with the visiting Felix Tshisekedi of Democratic Republic of Congo. Ugandan officials reported the attack by an armed…