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Poachers kill 300 Zimbabwe elephants with cyanide Poachers killed the elephants over the past three months by lacing waterholes and salt licks with cyanide. Animals are drawn to them during the dry season in the already arid and remote south-eastern section of the 5,660-square mile park. After the elephants died, often collapsing just a few yards from the source, lions, hyenas and vultures which fed on their carcasses were also struck down, as were other animals such as kudu and buffalo that shared the same waterholes.

Federal Judge Prevents Mississippi From Shutting Down Its Last Abortion Clinic By Tara Culp-Ressler "Federal Judge Prevents Mississippi From Shutting Down Its Last Abortion Clinic" The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the last remaining abortion clinic in the entire state of Mississippi, has been fighting to stay open for more than a year — ever since Republican lawmakers enacted burdensome regulations solely intended to force the clinic to close its doors.

Africa: Rich Presidents of Poor Nations - Capital Flight From Resource-Rich Countries in Africa (Page 1 of 7) Photo: Daniel Hayduck/IRIN Bye Bye money: Africa loses billions that could be used for development. Recently some African presidents have featured in media headlines not for their heroic accomplishments as leaders but for robbing their nations and siphoning their ill-gotten gains to safe havens. Gray whale dies bringing us a message — with stomach full of plastic trash Image Credit: Geograph / Richard Humphrey By: Brian, Live Free Live Natural. July 29, 2013, a sperm whale was stranded on Tershelling, a northern island in the Netherlands. Ohio Republicans Want To Ban Sex Ed Classes From Talking About 'Gateway Sexual Activity' By Tara Culp-Ressler "Ohio Republicans Want To Ban Sex Ed Classes From Talking About ‘Gateway Sexual Activity’" During a debate over Ohio’s budget on Tuesday afternoon, Republicans in the House tacked on an amendment that would prohibit health classes in public schools from including any instruction on “gateway sexual activity,” which encompasses all sexual contact. The budget bill relies on the same definition of “sexual contact” that also appears in the state’s criminal code: “any touching of an erogenous zone of another, including without limitation the thigh, genitals, buttock, pubic region, or, if the person is a female, a breast.”

Hardtalk - Ozwald Boateng: Why entrepreneurs are back in Africa Ozwald Boateng, the British fashion designer of Ghanaian descent, says the financial crisis has made many African entrepreneurs who came to Europe during the good times, think about returning home. He told HARDtalk's Zeinab Badawi there were many economic challenges ahead for Africa but there were potential good returns for business. You can watch this programme on BBC World at 0430, 0930, 1530, 2130 on Monday 7 January and at 0430 GMT on Monday 7 January and 0030 GMT on Tuesday 8 January 2013. Off Grid Living The term “off grid“, or “off the grid” has multiple meanings, and many people have different opinions as to what off grid truly means. The reason for this is simple. Everyone lives their lives differently. I’d like to point out the obvious before we start clouding the issue with definitions, meanings, interpretations, and more debatable opinions. Before we attempt to define what “off grid” is, we should clarify what “the grid” is, then we can attempt to define what it means to get “off” of the grid.

France: politicians and banks put on the spot Filed under - Politics and government It often takes a full-blown scandal to spur politicians to act on concrete measures to fight corruption. In France last week, it was disclosed that Jérôme Cahuzac, the former Minister of Budget, had hidden money in an undisclosed offshore account. French President François Hollande, who had made cleaning up politics a centrepiece of his election campaign, responded by going on the offensive.

Africa’s rise pays out dividends for democracy JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa is rising not only on the growth charts of economists. The continent that was a byword for poverty, chaos and bloodshed only a few decades ago, providing a media feast of famines and wars, is slowly but steadily notching up gains on the democracy scorecard too. Last month's generally peaceful Kenyan presidential election - and the Supreme Court process that confirmed Uhuru Kenyatta's narrow win - confounded pundits' predictions that East Africa's biggest economy would tumble back into the same inter-tribal violence which bloodied a 2007 vote. The Kenyan ballot, following a line of hotly-contested but broadly smooth elections last year in Senegal, Sierra Leone and Ghana, has bolstered what many see as a spreading embrace of multi-party democracy in Africa.

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