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Gambia’s race to save its ‘Roots’ on Kunta Kinteh island

As the rebel slave who defied his captors, Kunta Kinte, immortalised in print and on screen in “Roots”, put The Gambia on the map for historical tourism. But the island where he and tens of thousands of west African slaves faced the horrors of being chained, branded and separated before …

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Zimbabwe’s new ‘GOAT’ currency? Minister announces livestock-for-school-fees plan

Cash-strapped Zimbabwe’s latest plan to have parents pay school fees in goats has got some Zimbabweans up in arms – but not everyone thinks it’s a bad idea. Education Minister Lazarus Dokora and a ministry official have told the state-controlled Sunday Mail that schools must be “flexible” when demanding outstanding …

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Guinea: Shark fins seized from Chinese ships

Guinea has seized a haul of shark fins and carcasses from Chinese ships fishing illegally off the coast of the west African country and fined the owners. The seizure was part of a push launched in February to crack down on illegal fishing in West African waters, aided by the …

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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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