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Teenager who killed husband after he raped her is sentenced to death in Sudan

Activists in last-ditch effort to save 19-year-old condemned to death for stabbing the man she was forced to marry as he assaulted her A 19-year-old Sudanese woman has been condemned to death by a court in Omdurman for stabbing to death the husband to whom she was forcibly married, who she says raped her with assistance of his family. The death penalty for Noura Hussein was confirmed by a judge on Thursday after her husbands family rejected the possibility of financial compensation and instead asked for her to be executed.…

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Sudan, the Worlds Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies at 45

Photograph by Glyn Edmunds via Ol Pejeta Conservancy Sudan, the world’s last surviving male northern white rhino, was put to rest at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya where he lived for the past 9 years. Now, only two female northern white rhinos remain at the conservancy—the last of their kind on Earth. Rhinoceroses—of which there are five species—are the second-largest land mammal after elephants. To learn more about Sudan, you can read a lengthy tribute on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy website. He was deeply loved by all at Ol…

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One of the Biggest Diamonds in History Has Just Been Dug Up

One of the biggest diamonds in history has been discovered in the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa. Gem Diamonds Ltd. found the 910-carat stone, about the size of two golf balls, at its Letseng mine in the country. It’s a D color Type IIa diamond, which means it has very few or no nitrogen atoms and is one of the most expensive stones. The diamond is the fifth-biggest ever found. The Letseng mine is famous for the size and quality of the diamonds it produces and has the…

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Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe to get $10m payoff and immunity for his family

Ousted president was also promised that his salary would continue to be paid for life, reveals senior Zanu-PF official Robert Mugabe and his wife will receive a golden handshake worth many millions of dollars as part of a deal negotiated before the resignation of the ageing autocrat last week. The exact sums to be paid to the former president and his wife Grace are still unclear, though one senior ruling party official with direct knowledge of the agreement said the total would not be less than $10m. The official said…

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URGENT: The Latest: Survivors’ Horrific Accounts of Egypt Attack

Cairo (AP) — The Latest on developments in Egypt (all times local): 8 p.m. Survivors and Egypt's top prosecutor are giving detailed accounts of Friday's massacre at a mosque in northern Sinai. They describe intense gunfire ringing out as the mosque was shaken by blasts, and children screaming as their parents were mowed down. A stampede occurred as people rushed for an exit, while others tried desperately to force their way out of windows. They say the attackers arrived in five SUVs, took positions across from the mosque's door and…

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Want to Stay Safe While Traveling? Wear a Rolex

Explorer and conservationist Philippe Cousteau is the grandson of ocean-mapping legend Jacques. Co-founder of EarthEcho International, an environmental nonprofit aimed at inspiring young people to work on sustainability, he travels the world filming documentaries from Sumatra to South Africa. In Cousteau’s latest show, the Travel Channel’s , he and his wife—former host Ashlan Cousteau—investigate stories of lost plunder across the Caribbean. He travels about 200,000 miles a year, usually on United Airlines. “I get Economy Plus for up to half a dozen people traveling with me automatically, if they’re on the same ticket,”…

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Somalia Readies for ‘State of War’ as Death Toll Up to 358

Mogadishu, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's president on Saturday urged troops to prepare for a "state of war" against the al-Shabab extremist group blamed for the country's deadliest attack, as the toll reached 358 with dozens still said to be missing a week after the truck bombing in Mogadishu. The United States is expected to play a supporting role in the new offensive, a Somali military official told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters. While President Mohamed Abdullahi…

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Exclusive: footage shows young elephants being captured in Zimbabwe for Chinese zoos

Rare footage of the capture of wild young elephants in Zimbabwe shows rough treatment of the calves as they are sedated and taken away The Guardian has been given exclusive footage which shows the capture of young, wild elephants in Zimbabwe in preparation, it is believed, for their legal sale to Chinese zoos. In the early morning of 8 August, five elephants were caught in Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks). These captures are usually kept as secret as possible. The Guardian understands that in this case the usual…

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Rare white giraffes sighted in Kenya conservation area

A pair of giraffes with leucism, a condition that inhibits pigmentation in skin cells, have been filmed by conservationists for the first time A pair of rare white giraffes have been spotted in Kenya, to the delight of local residents and conservationists. The reticulated giraffes, a mother and child, suffer from a genetic condition called leucism, which inhibits pigmentation in skin cells. Unlike albinism, animals with leucism continue to produce dark pigment in their soft tissue, which explains the white giraffes dark eyes and other colouring. After local residents tipped…

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Kenya’s Supreme Court orders rerun of disputed presidential election

Nairobi (CNN)Kenya’s Supreme Court has invalidated the result of last month’s contentious presidential election and ordered a new vote, after a legal challenge by the opposition. Odinga was jubilant as he welcomed what he called a “precedent-setting ruling” by the court. “For the first time in the history of African democratization, a ruling has been made by a court nullifying the election of a president,” he said. “This indeed is a very historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension the people of the continent of Africa.” Odinga…

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Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants?

Surely any person going to work outside their country is an expatriate? But no, the word exclusively applies to white people In the lexicon of human migration there are still hierarchical words, created with the purpose of putting white people above everyone else. One of those remnants is the word expat. What is an expat? And who is an expat? According to Wikipedia, an expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of the persons upbringing. The word comes from…

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Tanzania’s ghost safari: how western aid contributed to the decline of a wildlife haven

International projects helped turn a rich and fertile Tanzanian valley into vast tracts of farmland, teak forests and sugar plantations The long road from Dar es Salaam brings you through sparsely wooded hills and fields to the narrow northern neck of the Kilombero valley. Theres a bend in the road, then the land opens out, suddenly, in front of you. Along the west side lie the steep-faced Udzungwa mountains, one of the last pristine rainforests in Tanzania. The Kilombero river runs through the red soils of the valley, flooding in…

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Number of migrants arriving in Italy from Libya falls by half in July

More forceful action by Libyan navy and EU-funded boats credited with reducing migration to Italy to 11,500 last month The Italian government has hailed a fall of more than 50% in the number of migrants from Libya reaching its coastline in July as a potential turning point made possible by tougher actions against smugglers operating in the Mediterranean. The number of migrants reaching Italy fell to 11,459 in July from 23,524 in June and 23,522 in July last year. Over the past few years the summer months have been the…

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Kenya braced for violence as voters head for the polls

Fears of unrest after closely fought presidential race between incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and veteran challenger Raila Odinga An estimated 180,000 policemen and members of the security forces are being deployed across Kenya as the country prepares to vote on Tuesday in a fiercely contested presidential election. Voters in the east African nation will either give the incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta, who has been the murder of a high-profile election official issues with new voting technology and widespread concerns over fraud. A contested poll in 2007 last showdown of a dynastic rivalry…

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