Kenya mulls granting refuge to chimps from Ebola-hit Liberia
By Edith Honan NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan officials said on Friday they were considering conservationists' appeals to give two baby chimpanzees, rescued from possible traffickers in ebola-hit Liberia, sanctuary in a Kenyan reserve but public health fears were holding up transfer. Conservationists believe the animals had been victims of trafficking that sent baby chimps from West and Central Africa to Chinese zoos and private estates in the Middle East, where they can fetch as much as $25,000. Ebola has killed more than 11,200 people in West Africa since it broke out in December 2013.
Airplane debris arrives in France for Malaysia crash investigation
PARIS (Reuters) - An Air France flight said to be carrying plane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and may belong to the vanished Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 has arrived in Paris for investigators to study its origin. According to a Reuters witness at the airport and Agence France Presse, the flight landed at Orly airport at 04:17 GMT. The debris will be delivered to a military unit near the southwest city of Toulouse specialised in analysing aviation wreckage. ...
Wing part arrives in France as MH370 link investigated
A piece of Boeing 777 wreckage that washed up on an Indian Ocean island arrived for analysis in France early Saturday, after Malaysian authorities said the part almost certainly came from missing flight MH370. Paris' Orly airport website confirmed the Air France flight transporting the piece of wreckage landed at 6:17 am (0417 GMT) from the French island of La Reunion.
Killing of Cecil pressures United States to protect African lion
The killing of Cecil the lion by a U.S. hunter in Zimbabwe has turned up the pressure on Washington to extend legal protection to the African lion by declaring it an endangered species, but some hunting advocates said that would lead to more regulations that could ultimately harm the big cats. The United States has the world's most powerful animal protection law, the Endangered Species Act, which has been extended by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to many non-U.S. species including the African elephant and cheetah. Adding the African lion to the U.S. list would not prohibit trophy hunting but it would require a permit from the service to import lions or their body parts to the United States.
UK's Serious Fraud Office launches investigation into British oil firmBritain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has launched a criminal investigation into British exploration firm Soma Oil and Gas, which has been searching for oil in conflict-ridden Somalia. "The SFO confirmed today that it has opened a criminal investigation into SOMA Oil & Gas ... in relation to allegations of corruption in Somalia," the SFO said in a statement late on Friday in which it also appealed for whistleblowers.
Having made Olympic history, Beijing faces challenges
BEIJING (AP) ? Having made history as the first city to win hosting rights for both the Summer and Winter Olympics, Beijing now faces a slew of challenges, from ensuring adequate snow in a bone-dry region to ramping up support for winter sports in a nation where few people ski or skate.
Cameroon arrests three Boko Haram suspects carrying explosives: sourcesCameroon officials have arrested three suspects carrying a bag containing improvised explosive devices in the northern town of Maroua where a spate of suspected Boko Haram suicide attacks killed at least 40 last week, sources said on Friday. The men were caught on Thursday evening at the entrance of the city following a tip-off, a senior military source with the Central African nation's special forces in Maroua, told Reuters. The other two are Cameroonians, according to their identity cards," another senior local government administrator said by telephone from Maroua.
Seven Libyan soldiers killed in clashes with Islamic StateBy Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Seven Libyan soldiers were killed on Friday when Islamic State militants stormed a checkpoint manned by forces loyal to the official government, military officials said. Five soldiers were killed and 15 have been missing since the Islamic State fighters attacked the checkpoint outside the eastern town of Ajdabiya, near the oil port of Bregaattack, one military official said. Two more soldiers were killed when the government sent reinforcements.
Head of failed Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox arrestedTOKYO (AP) ? The head of the failed Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox was arrested in Tokyo on Saturday on suspicion of inflating his cash account by $1 million, authorities said.
Bitcoin exchange CEO arrested by Japanese police
Japanese police on Saturday arrested Mark Karpeles, head of the MtGox Bitcoin exchange, after a series of fraud allegations lead to its spectacular collapse and hammered the digital currency's reputation. A spokesman for the Tokyo Police said France-born Karpeles, 30, was suspected of manipulating data on the exchange's computer system in 2013 to falsely create about $1.0 million. Earlier Saturday, Kyodo News and other Japanese media said police were also investigating his possible involvement in the 2014 disappearance of nearly $390 million worth of the virtual currency, at current exchange rates.