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Wildlife committee votes to protect giraffes as endangered species for the first time

National representatives at an international wildlife conference in Geneva voted Thursday to protect giraffes as an endangered species for the first time, drawing praise from conservationists and protests from some sub-Saharan African countries.

The vote by signatories of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) at the World Wildlife Conference paves the way for the measure’s likely approval by its plenary next week.

The plan would regulate the global trade in giraffe parts — including hides, bone carvings, and meat — but stopped short of a full ban. It passed 106-21 with seven abstentions.

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Giraffes in Kriger National Park, South Africa. A wildlife panel moved to protect giraffes as an endangered species Thursday. (AP, File)

The Wildlife Conservation Society said it was concerned about threats including drought, illegal killings, and trade in giraffe body parts, that have triggered a population decline. A key African conservationist said more protection could help reverse that trend, as the move would help track numbers of giraffes.

“The giraffe [population] has experienced over 40 percent decline in the last 30 years, said Maina Philip Muruthi of the African Wildlife Foundation. “If that trend continues, it means that we are headed toward extinction.”

But not all African countries were on board.

“We see no reason as to why we should support this decision, because Tanzania has a stable and increasing population of giraffes,” said Maurus Msuha, director of wildlife at the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. “Over 50 percent of our giraffe population is within the Serengeti ecosystem, which is well protected. Why should we then go for this?”

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The meeting in Geneva came after the Trump administration announced earlier this month plans to roll back parts of the U.S. Endangered Species Act — a landmark law which protects hundreds of species of animals and plants, including the bald eagle.

Many Republicans have argued the law has been too broad.

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As part of the planned changes, officials would be able to publicly attach a cost to saving an animal or plant for the first time, and blanket protections for creatures newly listed as threatened would be removed.

On Wednesday, more than half a dozen environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration to stop the changes.

Fox News Andrew O’Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tanzania politician says he wants to launch database of married men to crack down on cheating

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The governor of Tanzania’s largest city wants to create a database that tracks married men in the East African region in order to crack down on infidelity and “humiliating” women, he said this week.

Women have been complaining that men are deceiving them by making false promises of marriage, Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda said at a news conference on Monday.

“Our main aim is to relieve pain from these women who are suffering from these cheaters — As a governor, I am not happy to lead women who are sad and heartbroken,” Makonda said, according to The Daily Telegraph.

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“If possible, we will set up a database in the regional commissioner’s office in each region that every man who promises a woman marriage, this should be registered in the database which will allow women to check to see whether the person asking is married,” he explained.

The government-run public database would include all married men’s’ names and photos, but other details of such a database — including its legality — remain unclear.

“I have received a lot of complaints from young women. Many women from Dar es Salaam region have been deceived many times, and they have had enough,” Makonda said, according to The Independent. “These charming men have been promising to marry them, then ditch the women after using them. This is something that is humiliating.”

TANZANIA LEADER VOWS LARGE-SCALE ARRESTS OF LGBT PEOPLE

“These cunning men have left many women nursing heartbreaks and emotional bruises,” Makonda added. “You’ll find a young man successfully wooing a woman, making her leave every other thing that she does and follows you, hoping that the man will marry her only to realize he is just using her.”

This would not be the first time Makonda has made a controversial suggestion. Last year he called for citizens to start reporting gay people in Tanzania, where same-sex relationships are illegal.

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He said a team of police and other authorities would target gay people, The Guardian reported at the time — but the national government distanced itself from Makonda’s proposal.

“The government of the United Republic of Tanzania would like to clarify that these are [Makonda’s] personal views and not the position of the government,” the foreign affairs ministry had said at the time.

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Tanzania politician says he wants to launch database of married men to crack down on cheating

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The governor of Tanzania’s largest city wants to create a database that tracks married men in the East African region in order to crack down on infidelity and “humiliating” women, he said this week.

Women have been complaining that men are deceiving them by making false promises of marriage, Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda said at a news conference on Monday.

“Our main aim is to relieve pain from these women who are suffering from these cheaters — As a governor, I am not happy to lead women who are sad and heartbroken,” Makonda said, according to The Daily Telegraph.

SOUTH AFRICAN EDUCATION OFFICIALS APOLOGIZES AFTER BACKLASH OVER ‘SEXY READING’ TWEETS

“If possible, we will set up a database in the regional commissioner’s office in each region that every man who promises a woman marriage, this should be registered in the database which will allow women to check to see whether the person asking is married,” he explained.

The government-run public database would include all married men’s’ names and photos, but other details of such a database — including its legality — remain unclear.

“I have received a lot of complaints from young women. Many women from Dar es Salaam region have been deceived many times, and they have had enough,” Makonda said, according to The Independent. “These charming men have been promising to marry them, then ditch the women after using them. This is something that is humiliating.”

TANZANIA LEADER VOWS LARGE-SCALE ARRESTS OF LGBT PEOPLE

“These cunning men have left many women nursing heartbreaks and emotional bruises,” Makonda added. “You’ll find a young man successfully wooing a woman, making her leave every other thing that she does and follows you, hoping that the man will marry her only to realize he is just using her.”

This would not be the first time Makonda has made a controversial suggestion. Last year he called for citizens to start reporting gay people in Tanzania, where same-sex relationships are illegal.

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He said a team of police and other authorities would target gay people, The Guardian reported at the time — but the national government distanced itself from Makonda’s proposal.

“The government of the United Republic of Tanzania would like to clarify that these are [Makonda’s] personal views and not the position of the government,” the foreign affairs ministry had said at the time.

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South African education official apologizes after backlash over ‘sexy reading’ tweets

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A South African education official has apologized to “sensitive viewers” he may have offended after posting images of scantily clad women in an effort to promote reading.

Department of Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said his actions were a bid to “push the boundary” and encourage reading as an activity for “fun and leisure.”

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“I have noted that one image in particular may have offended sensitive viewers,” Mhlanga wrote on Twitter. “This however, was not the intention and we strongly reject any view to that effect. To those I disappointed and indeed those of you who are offended by the use of the images I apologize.”

Many users were stunned that such images would be used for a reading campaign aimed at young adults and school children. Others said the images were “sexist” and objectify women.

In a series of tweets responding to the backlash, Mhlanga reasoned “contemporary audiences that consume media tend to be open about sex and sexuality.”

Mhlanga said his tweets were part of the department’s “Read to Lead” campaign, aimed at encouraging reading among “young adults and people of school-going age and society in general.”

South Africa was ranked last out of 50 countries in a 2016 literacy study testing primary school students for reading comprehension, Africa’s Mail & Guardian newspaper reported last year.

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Mhlanga said he hopes his campaign gets more people involved in reading.

“We hope this issue will heighten interest in and sustain a conversation about the importance of reading and its significance in human development. Yours in reading,” Mhalgna concluded his apology.

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Tanker truck in Tanzania explodes as people siphon fuel, at least 62 killed

A damaged tanker truck exploded in Tanzania Saturday, with at least 62 people burning to death, making it one of the worst incidents of this kind in the country.

At least 70 people more were injured, many suffering from serious burns, in the incident in the town of Morogoro – about 120 miles west of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s economic capital – as people were trying to siphon fuel out of the tanker truck.

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Firefighters try to extinguish a patrol tanker blaze, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Morogoro, Tanzania. A damaged tanker truck exploded in eastern Tanzania Saturday as people were trying to siphon fuel out of it. (AP Photo)

Tanzanian government spokesman Hassan Abbasi said the news of the deaths was “received with sadness” and sent condolences to the families of the victims.

Witnesses told the Associated Press that a crowd had gathered around the fuel tanker after it was involved in an accident early Saturday. People then rushed to try to siphon fuel, but the tanker burst into flames.

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An injured man is carried from the scene as a patrol tanker burns in the background, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Morogoro, Tanzania. (AP Photo)

“The fire was huge and it was challenging to rescue victims,” Daniel Ngogo, who saw the explosion, told Reuters. “The situation is really bad. Many people died here — even those who were not stealing fuel — because this is a busy place.”

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People getting killed in explosions while stealing fuel from incapacitated tankers are fairly frequent in East Africa, though the Saturday explosion is among the deadliest in Tanzania. Those stealing the fuel usually sell it to motorists for cheap.

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Destroyed motorbikes and debris litter the scene as the patrol tanker burns in the background. (AP Photo)

In 2013, a similar incident killed at least 29 people on the outskirts of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, as scores swarmed around the scene of an accident.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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3 Congolese medics arrested in killing of WHO doctor treating Ebola patients

Three Congolese medics were arrested Wednesday in the murder of a Cameroonian doctor who was treating Ebola patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo, prosecutors revealed.

World Health Organization (WHO) doctor Richard Mouzoko was fatally shot in April by militiamen while treating patients in a hospital in the city of Butembo, one of the epicenters of the Ebola outbreak. The medics arrested have not been publically identified and the motive for his killing is unknown, the BBC reported.

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WHO doctor Richard Mouzoko from Cameroon was killed in April when he was fatally shot in a hospital in the city of Butembo, treating patients at one of the epicenters of the year-long Ebola outbreak. He was one of few medics deployed to the Congo to help victims against the spread of the virus. (World Health Organization via Twitter)

Senior military prosecutor Lt. Col. Jean-Baptiste Kumbu told local media that fighters who attacked treatment centers disclosed four medics who were involved in planning the attack. The three Congolese medics arrested will be prosecuted for “terrorism” and “criminal conspiracy,” he said, while the fourth doctor is still loose, the BBC reported.

The WHO described Mouzoko as “passionate” and “always ready to go where people would need his help most,” and said he was a committed professional who helped train hundreds in the medical field. He was also one of few medics deployed to the Congo to help victims against the spread of the virus.

“He would regularly spend 15 to 20 days a month working among isolated communities in his home country, Cameroon, far from his wife and 4 children,” the WHO added.

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This Tuesday, April, 16, 2019 photo taken in Congo shows an Ebola health worker at a treatment center in Beni, Eastern Congo. Uganda’s health ministry said late Tuesday, June 11, 2019 that a 5-year-old Congolese boy who crossed into Uganda has tested positive for Ebola in what is the first cross-border case of the deadly virus since an outbreak started in neighboring Congo last year. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro, File)

Medical officials in the region have faced violence from militiamen and enraged locals because of disinformation that about the Ebola crisis, with some claiming it is a conspiracy fabricated by domestic and foreign governments to attain financial profits and destabilize the region, the BBC reported.

Roughly 200 health facilities have since been attacked in the Congo this year, and 54 people remain detained in connection to such attacks on medical centers.

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The Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo began last year and spread to the region’s largest city of Goma last month, killing 1,800 according to health authorities. It remains the second deadliest epidemic, topped by the crisis in 2014-16 when that outbreak killed 11,310 people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Fox News’ Morgan Cheung contributed to this report.

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Madagascar finds body believed to be Cambridge student who fell to death from plane

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Police in Madagascar said on Tuesday that they believe they found the body of a 19-year-old Cambridge student who fell to her death last month from a small plane over the island, according to reports.

Alana Cutland was leaving the country where she had been studying a rare species of crabs when she fell from a Cessna light aircraft, The Guardian reported.

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Police in the country are investigating whether the student deliberately jumped out of the plane to her death.

The Sun reported Cutland broke open the plane’s door as managed to jump out as the only other passenger and the pilot struggled to keep her inside.

“They have found a human body north of the site where she fell,” the local police chief told The Sun, according to The Guardian.

Police had feared they would never find the girl’s body because of the remoteness of the savannah where she fell.

The pilot said Cutland had a headache before the flight and stayed silent until the incident.

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Police are also investigating if Cutland had a bad reaction to medication she was taking, The Guardian reported. They said the body will be flown back to Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital, and will undergo toxicology tests.

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Rwanda closes border with DR Congo after 2 Ebola deaths in border city

Rwanda has closed part of its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, a drastic step that comes after two people have died from Ebola in a border city in the past month.

Officials in Congo said the latest victim died just days after his case was confirmed by medical professionals in Goma, a border city of more than 2 million people that also has an international airport.

The first confirmed case in Goma was a 46-year-old preacher who managed to pass through three health checkpoints on the way from Butembo. Authorities noted that there’s no link between cases in the city, but raised concerns that the highly-contagious virus is spreading.

EBOLA OUTBREAK IN CONGO DECLARED A GLOBAL HEALTH EMERGENCY BY WHO

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In this Saturday, July 13, 2019 photo, health workers wearing protective gear check on a patient isolated in a plastic cube at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, Congo. On July 17, the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak an international emergency after it spread to eastern Congo’s biggest city, Goma. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

The Congolese presidency said there had been a “unilateral decision by the Rwandan authorities” to shut down the border crossing at Goma, according to the BBC.

“The Congolese authorities deplore this decision, which runs counter to the advice of the WHO” the statement added.

This comes as the crisis has already become the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 1,700 people killed even though medical professionals widely use an experimental but effective Ebola vaccine.

Health officials for months feared that an Ebola case would be confirmed in the city. Just days after the first Goma case was confirmed, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola outbreak a rare global emergency – the highest level of alarm.

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In this Sunday, July 14, 2019 photo, Red Cross workers carry the remains of 16-month-old Muhindo Kakinire from the morgue into a truck as health workers disinfect the area in Beni, Congo. The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak an international emergency. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

The organization has used such an alarm level only four times in its history, including the Ebola epidemic that took the lives of more than 11,000 people in West Africa between 2014 and 2016.

While the alert prompted a surge of millions of dollars in new pledges by international donors, health workers say a new approach is desperately needed to combat misunderstandings in the community that lead people with Ebola not to seek medical help.

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There is no licensed treatment for Ebola and many people in the region don’t believe that Ebola is real, health workers have said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pelosi, Omar, other members of Congress to visit Ghana, US Army Africa headquarters in Italy

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will lead a U.S. congressional delegation to Ghana and the U.S. Army Africa headquarters in Italy next week to mark the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans landing in America.

Pelosi, D-Calif., will make the trip with 12 members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a member of “the Squad” of progressive Democrats who have clashed with the speaker in recent weeks over border funding, impeachment and other issues.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, left, is expected to address the Ghanaian Parliament on Wednesday. Somali-born U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is among the members of Congress joining Pelosi on the overseas visit.

Pelosi next Wednesday will become the first U.S. speaker to address the Parliament of Ghana, according to her office. The delegation will also meet with Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, Speaker Mike Oquaye and other senior government officials.

The delegation will also visit the Cape Coast and Elmina Castles and the “Door of No Return,” to observe the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans landing in America, Pelosi’s office said. Elmina Castle was the first European slave-trading post erected in sub-Saharan Africa, PBS reported.

Slaves stepped through the castle’s infamous portal called the “Door of No Return” to board ships to make the dangerous journey across the Atlantic known as the Middle Passage to ports in North and South America. By the 18th century, some 30,000 slaves stepped through the portal per year.

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Also in the U.S. delegation: Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga.; Bobby Rush, D-Ill.; Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas; Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y.; Hank Johnson, D-Ga.; Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio; Karen Bass, D-Calif.; Terri Sewell, D-Ala.; Frederica Wilson, D-Fla.; and Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio.

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Pelosi, Omar, other members of Congress to visit Ghana, US Army Africa headquarters in Italy

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will lead a U.S. congressional delegation to Ghana and the U.S. Army Africa headquarters in Italy next week to mark the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans landing in America.

Pelosi, D-Calif., will make the trip with 12 members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a member of “the Squad” of progressive Democrats who have clashed with the speaker in recent weeks over border funding, impeachment and other issues.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, left, is expected to address the Ghanaian Parliament on Wednesday. Somali-born U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is among the members of Congress joining Pelosi on the overseas visit.

Pelosi next Wednesday will become the first U.S. speaker to address the Parliament of Ghana, according to her office. The delegation will also meet with Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, Speaker Mike Oquaye and other senior government officials.

The delegation will also visit the Cape Coast and Elmina Castles and the “Door of No Return,” to observe the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans landing in America, Pelosi’s office said. Elmina Castle was the first European slave-trading post erected in sub-Saharan Africa, PBS reported.

Slaves stepped through the castle’s infamous portal called the “Door of No Return” to board ships to make the dangerous journey across the Atlantic known as the Middle Passage to ports in North and South America. By the 18th century, some 30,000 slaves stepped through the portal per year.

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Also in the U.S. delegation: Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga.; Bobby Rush, D-Ill.; Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas; Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y.; Hank Johnson, D-Ga.; Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio; Karen Bass, D-Calif.; Terri Sewell, D-Ala.; Frederica Wilson, D-Fla.; and Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio.

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