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Man wanted in the US for narcotics and ivory trafficking nabbed in Mombasa

Man wanted in the US for narcotics and ivory trafficking nabbed in Mombasa

By Andrew Kasuku, The Star A fugitive on the wanted list for poaching and narcotics trafficking in the US has been nabbed by International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) at Mombasa's Moi International Airport. Abubakar Mohamed Sarur alais Mansur was nabbed by a multiagency team coordinated by Interpol 50 minutes past midnight on Wednesday. Police reports indicate Mohamed was arrested at the arrivals terminals after landing from Yemen on board Skyward Express chartered aircraft flight No DHC8. He was among 47 Kenyans who were allegedly stranded in Yemen and were returning home. "We...

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Officials trained to manage and store confiscated ivory (Cambodia)

Officials trained to manage and store confiscated ivory (Cambodia)

By Soth Koemsoeun, The Phnom Penh Post  The Forestry Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries conducted vocational training for 25 officials on Tuesday to improve their knowledge of ivory management and storage. The purpose was for officials to learn how to properly keep confiscated elephant ivory. Cambodian Customs and Excise officials have over nine tonnes of ivory seized between 2014 and 2018. The Forestry Administration holds another 0.35 tonnes. “We want our officials to understand about cooperating with international officials, for instance, when there is a...

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East China province cracks down on largest ivory smuggling case

East China province cracks down on largest ivory smuggling case

By Global Times East China's Jiangsu Province on Tuesday cracked down on its largest case of smuggled ivory, in which the smuggler was sentenced to 11-and-a-half years in prison, and assets worth 500,000 yuan ($71,000) were confiscated for smuggling over 560 kilograms of ivory.  The Intermediate People's Court of Changzhou, Jiangsu heard the case, which involved 23.47 million yuan.  The smuggler, surnamed Dai, transported the ivory from his contact in Vietnam through South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, which borders Vietnam, and then sold them in Jiangsu between...

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Botswana says natural toxin could be behind elephant deaths

Botswana says natural toxin could be behind elephant deaths

By Brian Benza, Reuters Preliminary tests to explain the reason for hundreds of mysterious elephant deaths in Botswana point to a naturally occurring toxin as a probable cause, a senior wildlife official told Reuters. It was highly unlikely that an infectious disease was behind the shocking deaths of at least 281 elephants, added Cyril Taolo, acting director of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. Officials had been struggling to establish the cause of death more than two months after the first carcasses were spotted in the Okavango Panhandle region. Initial investigations appeared...

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