AFRICA

  • The number of African elephants has dropped by around 111,000 in the past decade, a new report released Sunday at the Johannesburg conference on the wildlife trade said, blaming the plummeting figures on poaching. The revelation, the worst drop in 25 years, came amid disagreement on the second day of the global meet over the best way to improve the plight of Africa's elephants, targeted for their tusks. With Namibia and Zimbabwe, wanting to be allowed to sell ivory stockpiles accrued from natural deaths to fund community elephant conservation initiatives, Zimbabwe's Environment Minister Oppah Muchinguri rejected the "imperialistic policies" of...

  • Star centre Manu Tuilagi is set to miss England's autumn Tests against South Africa, Australia, Argentina and Fiji with a groin injury, his Leicester club said Sunday. The 25-year-old has not played since the first game of the English Premiership season and the Tigers' director of rugby Richard Cockerill believes he will be out for another "six to eight weeks".

  • The embattled leader of jihadist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, resurfaced in a video posted online Sunday, rejecting assertions by the Nigerian army that he had been seriously wounded. The Nigerian military played down the video and added it had wiped out 22 Boko Haram fighters in a clash in the country's north. "You have been spreading in the social media that you injured or killed me," Shekau said in the 40-minute video released on YouTube and dated September 25.

  • By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - A gunman shot dead Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar on Sunday outside the court where he was to stand trial on charges of contempt of religion after sharing on social media a caricature seen as insulting Islam, witnesses and state media said. Hattar, a Christian and an anti-Islamist activist, was arrested last month after sharing on social media a caricature depicting a bearded man in heaven smoking in bed with women and asking God to bring him wine and clear his dishes. Lebanon's powerful Shi'ite Hezbollah militant group mourned Hattar as a "brave and vocal...

  • By Ardo Abdullahi BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - The purported leader of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau appeared in a video posted on social media on Sunday in which he rejected statements by the country's military that he had been seriously wounded. The Nigerian military has said it has killed or critically wounded Shekau on multiple occasions in recent years, often swiftly followed by video denials by someone who says he is Shekau. Last month Nigeria's air force said it had killed senior Boko Haram members and that Shekau had been wounded.

WORLD

  • India closed in on victory Monday in the first Test against New Zealand, with the visitors reeling at 205 for seven at lunch on the final day despite half-centuries from Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner. The Black Caps, who resumed on 93 for four after being set an unlikely 434 for victory, lost three more wickets during another tough session at Kanpur's Green Park stadium which is hosting India's 500th...

  • By Julia Harte and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A network of more than 150 U.S. charter schools linked to followers of Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric the Turkish government blames for instigating July’s failed coup, has come under growing financial and legal strain, according to school officials, current and former members of Gulen’s movement, and public records reviewed by Reuters. The publicly financed schools, a key source of...

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said last week that he will invite the U.N. chief and European Union officials to investigate his bloody anti-drug crackdown, but only if he can question them in public afterward to prove their human rights concerns are baseless. Duterte disclosed the offer in a speech in which he again lashed out at critics of his crackdown, including President Barack Obama and European countries. More than 3,000...

  • (Reuters) - A large, low-pressure area located about 1,150 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands has a 50 percent chance of developing into a cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday. A tropical depression is likely to form later this week while the low moves westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 miles per hour, the Miami-based weather forecaster said. (Reporting by Swati...

  • SAARBRUECKEN, Germany (AP) — At the intersection, Mohammed al-Haj waited patiently for the "green man." No cars were coming, no policemen watching. Back home in Syria, he wouldn't hesitate.

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