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Woman guilty of smuggling $6.5M ivory

On Tuesday, a Tanzanian court found Yang Feng Glan, 70, guilty of smuggling 860 elephant tusks that authorities say are worth $ 6.45 million. Yang Feng Glan, was sentenced along with her Tanzanian co-accused Salivius Francis Matembo and Manase Julius Philemon. They were also sentenced to an additional two years in prison under Tanzania’s Wildlife […]

Ex-New Zealand leader: 'We need to learn to listen to China'

In a piece published by Chinese state-run People’s Daily on Monday, Jenny Shipley, a former leader of the conservative National Party and prime minister from 1997 to 1999, commended China’s “huge contributions to the world’s economic growth” and its “great efforts” to promote reform. “China has actively signed free trade agreements with neighbors and other […]

Israel shoots for the moon with privately funded spacecraft

The unmanned craft, weighing 1,300 pounds and standing approximately five feet tall, will then begin an about seven-week journey to the moon, from where it will send back images of the rocky surface and conduct experiments on the lunar magnetic field. The spacecraft is called “Beresheet,” a reference to the first words of the Bible […]

Malaysia's racial divide exposed in ugly political battles

Elsewhere in Malaysia’s capital, ubiquitous signs wish people a happy Lunar New Year. These, along with the minarets, churches and temples that dot the city, are small signs of the multicultural fabric of the Malaysian society, a complicated weave of Malay, Chinese, Indian and other identities. The new government — formed by a coalition of […]

ISIS fighters have been fleeing from Syria into Iraq, perhaps with millions of dollars in tow

ISIS fighters have continued to flee even as the final fighting has unfolded in the group’s last stronghold in southeastern Syria. Some of the last fighters are also believed to be former members of al Qaeda in Iraq, according to a second official. The assessments and estimates of ISIS’ strength come in the finals days […]

No medicine, records or equipment: Haiti hospital struggles during protests

A solitary oxygen cylinder is the only object that separates the modern scene from the medieval. There are three ICU patients in the State University Hospital of Haiti that occupies two blocks of the capital’s downtown area. The rest died, or left. “The majority of patients have fled since the troubles began (when Haiti was […]

Missionaries and nurses trapped in Haiti as protests sweep country

The missionaries have been confined to their compound in Grand Goâve, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the capital of Port-au-Prince. Roads littered with burning tires were blocked, according to a statement from the missionary team Haiti ARISE. “We have nowhere to go, roads are blocked, rioting all over the streets and businesses are being […]

A WWI letter was found in a box of old papers after almost 102 years

Amanda Kehler, the co-owner of Prairie Pickers Cafe and antique shop in Steinbach, Manitoba, bought the papers while looking for new inventory for the store. “It was a pretty average Saturday. We were out and about rooting around for some treasures to stock the shop with and we came across sort of a pile of […]

Haiti President defiant amid deadly protests and calls for his resignation

His administration rocked by soaring inflation and accusations of corruption, Moise said he will not allow the country to fall into the hands of criminals and urged dialogue to end a recent wave of violent demonstrations in the capital of Port-au-Prince. Moise’s stance came as the United States issued a “Do not travel” advisory to […]

India: Pakistan had 'direct hand' in deadly convoy strike

After a Cabinet Committee on Security meeting on Friday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in a statement that India would initiate “all possible diplomatic steps” to “ensure the complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan, of which incontrovertible evidence is available of having a direct hand in this gruesome terrorist incident.” Jaitley added that […]