Attempts to reopen international ivory trade fail at CITES conference

Attempts by Southern African elephant range states at CITES to resume international sales of ivory stockpiles were rejected by governments at the 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP18) of the Convention on International Trade...

Saiga antelope to retain their CITES Appendix II listing

Governments have turned down the opportunity to give the critically endangered Saiga antelope the highest protection (Appendix I) from international trade at the 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP18) of the Convention on International...

Govts attending CITES conference urged to act on domestic ivory markets

Governments attending the 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP18) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) faced criticism on Wednesday over failing to close their legal...

Zimbabwe ex-Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko in court for corruption

Zimbabwe's former Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko has been granted bail after appearing in court on corruption charges. This comes a day after anti-corruption officials said they were treating him as a fugitive. They accused him of driving...
Protection of Giraffes to feature at the Cites conference

Protection of Giraffes to feature at Cites conference

The protection of giraffes will be discussed during the ongoing Cites conference. There are likely to be significant debates at this meeting over giraffes, sharks, rhinos and a number of threatened plant and tree species. Some environmentalists...

Tens of thousands gather for major Hong Kong rally

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy campaigners have gathered in Hong Kong for another day of protests, amid increasingly severe warnings by the Beijing government. A march on Saturday was peaceful, but demonstrators and police have...

Bomb kills 63 at wedding in Kabul

A bomb has exploded in a wedding hall in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing 63 people and wounding more than 180. Witnesses told the BBC a suicide bomber detonated explosives during a wedding ceremony. The explosion...

Nigeria’s Shia leader, Sheikh Zakzaky, leaves Indian hospital

The ailing leader of a banned Shia Muslim group in Nigeria who travelled to India for medical reasons has returned home without being treated. Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, 66, said the Indian government had given him...

Zimbabwe Opposition, MDC, backs down after police ban

Zimbabwe's main opposition group has called off anti-government protests in the capital Harare at the last minute, after failing to overturn a police ban. However, protesters who had already gathered in the city were violently...

Burundi vaccinating front-line workers against Ebola

Burundi has started vaccinating its health workers against Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. Those at the Gatumba border near the Democratic Republic of Congo, where a year-long Ebola epidemic has killed at...
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