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9 life sentences in state case on Charleston church slayings

Convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof was given nine consecutive life sentences in prison after he pleaded guilty to state murder charges on Monday, leaving him to await execution in a federal prison and sparing his victims and their families the burden of a second trial. Judge J.C. Nicholson imposed …

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Zimbabwe hippo deaths “may be due to pesticide”

A conservation group in Zimbabwe says the cause of the recent mysterious deaths in Kariba of around 10 hippos may have been identified as pesticide. Local news reports have said that up to 11 hippos were found poisoned last week near Mbilizi in Binga district on Lake Kariba. The Bhejane …

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Malaysia seizes 18 rhino horns from Mozambique

Malaysian authorities say they have seized 18 rhino horns believed to have been smuggled into the country from Mozambique. Airport customs director Hamzah Sundang says the horns were flown from Mozambique and transited in Doha before arriving at the Kuala Lumpur airport last Friday. He said the horns, which weighed …

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11 hippos found dead in Zimbabwe

At least 11 hippos have reportedly been found dead in Zimbabwe’s Mlibizi district in Binga. According to New Zimbabwe.com, the carcasses were “recovered at different points in the Kavira forest and along Mlibizi River, near the Mighty Zambezi River”. The cause of the animals’ death was not yet established and …

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How do you get a rhino on a plane?

How do you get a 1.5-tonne rhino on an aeroplane? It sounds like a Christmas cracker joke, or the start of a Hollywood film pitch. But the man who knows the answer is Les Carlisle, project manager of the conservation group Rhinos Without Borders. Under his guidance, 12 white rhinos …

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India: Villagers tend to huge king cobra after it visited them in search of water

King cobras are reclusive creatures who avoid humans, but one snake was so thirsty, it went to an Indian village in search of water. Some parts of southern India have been hit by drought, making water scarce and wildlife has been greatly affected. In the encounter which was captured on …

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