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Borneo orangutans dying off as forests are lost: study

The population of orangutans in Borneo has plummeted by more than half since 1999 — nearly 150,000 of the apes — largely due to chopping down forests for logging, paper, palm oil and mining, researchers said Thursday.

Illegal hunting of the critically endangered apes is also a leading factor in their disappearance, said the study published in the journal Current Biology.

Borneo orangutans dying off as forests are lost: study
Borneo orangutans dying off as forests are lost: study

Borneo orangutans dying off as forests are lost: study

The population of orangutans in Borneo has plummeted by more than half since 1999 — nearly 150,000 of the apes — largely due to chopping down forests for logging, paper, palm oil and mining, researchers said Thursday.

Grief as Zimbabwe opposition icon Tsvangirai dies
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Grief as Zimbabwe opposition icon Tsvangirai dies

Zimbabwe was plunged into grief Thursday following the death of veteran opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, roundly praised as a hero, champion of democracy and symbol of resistance who will be hard to replace.
Archbishop Tutu quits Oxfam role over charity’s sex scandal
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Archbishop Tutu quits Oxfam role over charity’s sex scandal

Retired archbishop and Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu announced Thursday that he had quit his role as an ambassador for Oxfam after the British charity was hit by sexual misconduct allegations.
Ethiopian prime minister quits after mass protests
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Ethiopian prime minister quits after mass protests

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned Thursday after long-running political turmoil, in an unprecedented move in the vast East African country.
S.Africa crisis: The Ramaphosa era opens
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S.Africa crisis: The Ramaphosa era opens

South Africa’s parliament on Thursday chose Cyril Ramaphosa, an anti-apartheid activist who became a wealthy businessman, to be president after Jacob Zuma, tarred by scandal, was forced from office.
Zanzibaris challenge union with Tanzania in regional court
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Zanzibaris challenge union with Tanzania in regional court

Separatist campaigners on the East African island of Zanzibar have appealed to a regional court to challenge the legality of its union with mainland Tanzania, they said Thursday.
Leaders forced out over legal troubles
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Leaders forced out over legal troubles

Jacob Zuma stood down as South African president after nine years in power marked by corruption scandals and court action. Here are some other world leaders forced out of office facing legal charges.
Relief, joy in S.African parliament after ‘Zexit’
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Relief, joy in S.African parliament after ‘Zexit’

Chants of joy mingled with almost audible sighs of relief in South Africa’s parliament on Thursday as the turbulent, scandal-stained era of President Jacob Zuma was consigned to history.
Three memorable quotes from the late Morgan Tsvangirai
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Three memorable quotes from the late Morgan Tsvangirai

The leader of Zimbabwe’s opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Morgan Tsvangirai, has passed away last night.
Tsvangirai – five crucial political moments
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Tsvangirai – five crucial political moments

The leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, the main opposition to Zimbabwe’s ruling political party, the Zanu-PF, Morgan Tsvangirai died last night after a battle with colon cancer.
Protesters face ‘zero tolerance’ in Chad as 17 sentenced
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Protesters face ‘zero tolerance’ in Chad as 17 sentenced

“Fear rules over the city,” said Mahamat, a resident of the Chadian capital N’Djamena for more than 40 years who did not dare to reveal his real name.
Overhauled Super Rugby kicks off with promise of ‘the best’
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Overhauled Super Rugby kicks off with promise of ‘the best’

Super Rugby’s latest incarnation kicks off this weekend with event boss Andy Marinos vowing the slimmed down tournament will deliver a “competitive and compelling” spectacle to end years of criticism.
South Africa’s Zuma: a rocky presidency
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South Africa’s Zuma: a rocky presidency

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, in power since 2009, resigned on Wednesday after being under pressure to quit before the official end of his term in mid-2019.
UN envoy urges quick elections in Guinea-Bissau
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UN envoy urges quick elections in Guinea-Bissau

The UN envoy for Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday urged the Security Council to push the West African country to urgently hold elections to break a political deadlock.
18 new sexual abuse claims against UN peacekeepers in DRC
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18 new sexual abuse claims against UN peacekeepers in DRC

The United Nations said Wednesday it had registered 18 alleged cases of sexual abuse and exploitation by its peacekeepers and civilian personnel in the Democratic Republic of the Congo last year.
S.Africa’s Zuma resigns, forced out by own party
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S.Africa’s Zuma resigns, forced out by own party

South African President Jacob Zuma resigned on Wednesday as the ruling ANC party finally turned against him after nine years of corruption scandals, economic slowdown and falling popularity.
S.Africa’s Zuma resigns ‘with immediate effect’
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S.Africa’s Zuma resigns ‘with immediate effect’

South African President Jacob Zuma announced his immediate resignation on Wednesday after the ruling ANC party threatened to eject him from office via a parliamentary vote of no confidence.
Egypt arrests ex-presidential candidate Abul Fotouh: officials
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Egypt arrests ex-presidential candidate Abul Fotouh: officials

Egyptian police arrested on Wednesday a leading government critic and party leader Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh, security officials said, while prosecutors remanded into custody another leading dissident.
Zuma’s five biggest career scandals
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Zuma’s five biggest career scandals

South African President Jacob Zuma has resigned from office with immediate effect, ending a controversial and turbulent period in the country’s political history.
BREAKING: Morgan Tsvangirai has died
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BREAKING: Morgan Tsvangirai has died

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader has died of cancer.
French forces kill at least 10 jihadists in Mali: military sources
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French forces kill at least 10 jihadists in Mali: military sources

French air power on Wednesday killed at least 10 jihadists in northeast Mali near the border with Algeria, local and foreign military sources said.
At least 19 migrants killed in Libya truck crash: hospital
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At least 19 migrants killed in Libya truck crash: hospital

At least 19 migrants were killed on Wednesday and more than 100 injured when the truck transporting them crashed in Libya, a hospital said.
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Five killed in accident with DR Congo presidential motorcade

Three soldiers and two civilians were killed and 11 other people injured in an accident involving DR Congo President Joseph Kabila’s motorcade, his office said Wednesday.
Tanzanian opposition politician ‘murdered’
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Tanzanian opposition politician ‘murdered’

A local leader of the main Tanzanian opposition party has been found beaten to death after men bundled him into a car, party chairman Freeman Mbowe said Wednesday.
Boko Haram suspects finally get their day in court
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Boko Haram suspects finally get their day in court

The prosecution only called one witness against Abba Umar. He said the defendant, if released, would likely go back to Boko Haram’s hideout in Sambisa Forest in northeast Nigeria.
S.Africa police raid house of Zuma’s allies in graft probe
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S.Africa police raid house of Zuma’s allies in graft probe

South African police on Wednesday raided the Johannesburg house of the Gupta family, which is accused of playing a central role in alleged corruption under scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma.


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