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The roars of lions filled the cargo
section of Johannesburg's OR Tambo
International Airport yesterday as 33
lions rescued from South American
circuses landed in South Africa where
they will be released into a sanctuary for
It was the largest airlift of lions in
history, said Jan Creamer, president of
Animal Defenders International, which
carried out the operation.
"These lion have suffered
tremendously," Creamer said.
"It is a wonderful feeling to bring them
back to their home."
Nine of the lions were surrendered by a
circus in Colombia. The remaining 24
were rescued in raids on circuses in Peru
by the animal defense group and officials
enforcing a crackdown on wildlife
The lions are part of 100 animals that
were rescued in Peru. Bears, monkeys,
birds and other native wildlife have been
relocated to sanctuaries in Peru and a
tiger has been sent to a new home in
Around midnight Thursday, deputies went to a
house near San Antonio after reports of a child
crying in a backyard were made, according a release
from the Bexar County Sheriff's office.
The deputies found two toddlers---a two-year-old
boy chained to the ground with his pants down and
a three-year-old girl tied to a door.
Inside the house, deputies discovered six children
ranging in age from ten months to 13 years, the
release said. There were no adults on site to care
for them. Early Friday morning, the parents of the
six children who were inside returned to the house,
the sheriff's office said.
The mother, Porucha Phillips, 34, was believed to
be responsible for caring for the two toddlers,
authorities said. She was charged with injury to a
child by omission with serious bodily injury and
injury to a child by omission with bodily injury and is
being held in the Bexar County Jail.
The toddlers were taken to the Children's Hospital
of San Antonio and are recovering, though the girl is
in intensive care. Authorities are investigating a
report that a day care might have been operating
out of the home. (CNN)
Eighty-four migrants are missing after their
inflatable dinghy sank off the Libyan coast, the
International Organization for Migration says.
The dinghy was found taking on water in rough seas
after the Italian coast guard received a satellite phone
It diverted the merchant ship to rescue 26 survivors
and bring them to Italy.
A spokesperson for the coastguard said similar
boats used by people smugglers could hold 100-120
people, and were usually full.
Rough seas and waves topping seven feet hampered
No details of the nationalities of the migrants, who
were brought to the island of Lampedusa, were
Around 27,000 refugees and other migrants have
reached Italy by boat so far this year, most of them
setting out from Libya.
At least 800 migrants are feared to have drowned in
the southern Mediterranean this year to date. (BBC)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has
set fire to a huge stockpile of ivory in an
effort to show his country s commitment
to saving Africa s elephants.
More than 100 tonnes of ivory was
stacked up in pyres in Nairobi National
Park where it is expected to burn for several
The ivory represents nearly the entire
stock confiscated by Kenya, amounting to
the tusks of about 6,700 elephants.
Some disagree with Kenya s approach,
saying it can encourage poaching.
Before igniting the first pyre, Kenyatta
said: "The height of the pile of ivory before
us marks the strength of our resolve.
"No-one, and I repeat no-one, has any
business in trading in ivory, for this trade
means death of our elephants and death
of our natural heritage."
The burning comes after African leaders
meeting in Kenya urged an end to illegal
trade in ivory.
Experts have warned Africa s elephants
could be extinct within decades. But some
conservationists have expressed opposition
to the ivory burn in Kenya, the biggest in
history. They say destroying so much of
a rare commodity could increase its value
and encourage more poaching rather than
Botswana, which is home to about half
of Africa s elephants, is opposed to the
burn and its president did not attend the
event in Nairobi.
Demand for ivory comes largely from
Asia, with the main trafficking route being
through the Kenyan port of Mombasa.
Africa is home to between 450,000 and
500,000 elephants but more than 30,000
are killed every year for their tusks. Tan-
zania has lost 65 per cent of its elephant
population in the past five years.
Some 1.35 tonnes of rhino horn will also
The street value of the ivory to be
destroyed is estimated at more than $100m,
and the rhino horn at $80m. (BBC)
Hundreds of Shia Muslim activists have
stormed Iraq s parliament in Baghdad,
in protest against continuing deadlock
in approving a new cabinet.
Supporters of cleric Moqtada Sadr broke
through barricades of the fortified Green
Zone for the first time, after MPs failed
to convene for a vote.
A state of emergency was declared and
security forces near the US embassy fired
Protesters set up camp outside the par-
liament after occupying the chamber.
Nearby foreign embassies are watching
anxiously but there has been no serious
violence so far.
"We still view this as a demonstration,"
Sabah al-Numan, spokesman for the coun-
terterrorism forces, was quoted as saying.
"We aren t taking any part in this as it s
not something regarding terrorism."
Sadr wants Prime Minister Haider al-
Abadi to commit to a plan to replace min-
isters with non-partisan technocrats.
Powerful parties in parliament have
refused to approve the change for several
Earlier this week, hundreds of thousands
of people marched towards the Green Zone,
the most secure part of Baghdad that hous-
es embassies and government buildings,
to protest against the political deadlock.
Iraqi President Fuad Masum has called
on the protesters to vacate parliament and
politicians to enact the cabinet reshuffle.
A new protest outside the zone escalated
after parliament again failed to reach a
Groups marched on the district soon
after the end of a televised appearance by
Sadr, although he did not call for the
storming of parliament.
The protesters tried to stop lawmakers
attempting to flee the building.
Inside the chamber, jubilant demon-
strators took up the seats of the deputies
and posed for photos.
One protester, Ali Mohammed, said they
were angry at the politicians failure to
"The people have come to the right
place, to rule themselves," he said.
"The people are now staging a sit-in
inside parliament. Our legitimate and only
demand is to dismiss the government and
replace it with an independent cabinet of
33 rescued lions arrive in South Africa in airlift
Scores missing after
boat sinks off Libya
2 toddlers found tied
in backyard in Texas
World Cup organisers say a worker has died after
falling ill on the site of one of the stadiums being
constructed for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy
said yesterday that 48-year-old Indian national
Jaleshwar Prasad died after he "fell ill on-site around
9.30 am on Wednesday."
The statement says that Prasad, who was a steel
worker employed on the Al Bayt Stadium project,
"received first aid treatment until paramedics arrived.
He was transferred to Al Khor Hospital but sadly
passed away. Al Khor Hospital reported the cause of
death as cardiac arrest.
It adds that "a full investigation is underway. (AP)
Worker dies after falling ill
at World Cup stadium site
Iraqi protesters storm
Kenya sets fire to huge ivory stockpile
A worker carries spray bottles of gel fuel to help the burning, as he walks past pyres of ivory that were set on fire in Nairobi National
Park, Kenya, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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