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Bolivia’s jaguars facing threat from Chinese fang craze

La Paz, April 6, 2018 (AFP) -Bolivia’s once-thriving jaguar population is loping into the cross-hairs of a growing threat from poachers responding to growing Chinese demand for the animal’s teeth and skull. Researchers believe there are around 7,000 of the speckled big cats in Bolivia, out of a global population …

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No jobs, no vote: Indian town warns Modi ahead of 2019 polls

He had promised jobs, and I was sure I would get something. I won’t vote for him again KASBA BONLI, India, April 6 (Reuters) – Rakesh Kumar has a post-graduate degree but works as a house painter in the small town of Kasba Bonli in northwestern India. The 31-year-old, the …

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Trump proposes $100 billion in new tariffs on Chinese goods

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has instructed the U.S. trade representative to consider slapping an additional $100 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods in a dramatic escalation of the trade dispute between the two countries. Trump’s surprise move Thursday came a day after Beijing announced plans to tax $50 …

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Bollywood star Salman Khan sentenced to five years in prison for poaching rare deer

NEW DELHI (AP) — Bollywood star Salman Khan was convicted Thursday of poaching rare deer in a wildlife preserve two decades ago and sentenced to five years in prison. The busy actor contends he did not shoot the two blackbuck deer in the western India preserve in 1998 and was …

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12 dead and 46 injured in Tanzania bus crash

Nairobi, April 5, 2018 (AFP) -Twelve people were killed and 46 injured in a crash between a bus and a truck in northern Tanzania, traffic police said. The accident happened late Wednesday evening in Makomero in Tabora province. “A total of 12 people were killed, 10 at the scene and …

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Malaysian state wants Koranic recitals for cows

Kuala Lumpur, April 5, 2018 (AFP) -Cows in a conservative Malaysian state could be played Koranic recitals in the hope it will help them relax and improve the quality of their beef, a senior official said Thursday. Che Abdullah Mat Nawi, a member of the executive council in Kelantan state, …

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Airlines cut back flights as Philippine holiday hotspot prepares for closure

MANILA, April 5 (Reuters) – A decision by the Philippines to close the holiday hotspot of Boracay, which President Rodrigo Duterte has called a “cesspool”, prompted airlines Thursday to cut back flights to the island, while business groups called for the decision to be reconsidered. The abrupt presidential order to …

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Facebook Says Info on Up to 87 Million Users Was ‘Improperly’ Shared With Cambridge Analytica

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook revealed Wednesday that tens of millions more people might have been exposed in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal than previously thought and said it will restrict the user data that outsiders can access. Those developments came as congressional officials said CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify …

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UK police arrest 78-year-old after burglar stabbed to death

LONDON (AP) — British police say a 78-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder for allegedly stabbing a burglar who had broken into his home. The Metropolitan Police force says the homeowner called to report a burglary at his south London home early Wednesday. The man said he …

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Fake Indian website offering girls for ‘every taste’ stirs up a storm

MUMBAI, April 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A fake website offering girls to cater to “every taste and pocket” clocked up more than 1,000 subscribers on its first day, highlighting the challenge of tackling sex trafficking in India. StayUncle, a website that enables unmarried couples to book into hotels without …

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