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Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, dies in Kenya at 45

via The Japan Times    Mar 21, 2018

Maasai warriors pose with Sudan, the only male of the last three northern white rhino subspecies on the planet, last June. The last male northern white rhino has died in Kenya at the age of 45, his keepers announced on Tuesday, leaving only two females of his subspecies alive. | AFP-JIJI

Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, has died in Kenya at the age of 45, after becoming a symbol of efforts to save his ...

Italy seizes charity’s ship that picked up migrants after it refused to turn them over to Libya

via The Japan Times    Mar 20, 2018

The Spanish NGO's Proactiva Open Arms vessel is seen at harbor at the port of Pozzallo, in the southern Italian island of Sicily, Monday. The NGO's migrant rescue ship has been put under sequester by prosecutors' orders Sunday in Pozzallo, where the vessel brought 216 migrants it had rescued last week in the Mediterranean north of Libya. | AP

Italian authorities seized a charity’s ship on suspicion it had helped illegal immigration by picking up migrants in the Mediterranean instead of letting Libya’s coast ...

Lawyer who alleged ‘plot’ to frame Trump joins his legal team as interview with Robert Mueller looms

via The Japan Times    Mar 20, 2018

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk down the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, Monday. | AP

A lawyer who has suggested that FBI officials were part of a “brazen plot” to exonerate Hillary Clinton and frame Donald Trump has been added ...

Migration due to climate to surge by 2050 unless emissions are curbed: World Bank

via The Japan Times    Mar 20, 2018

A local community volunteer carries a sack of seeds distributed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the opposition-controlled town of Thonyor, in Leer county, South Sudan, last April. The wave of refugees fleeing crop failures, droughts and rising sea levels will grow drastically over the next three decades if world governments do not intervene, the World Bank warned Monday. By 2050, 143 million 'climate migrants' will face an 'existential threat' and be displaced, the World Bank said in a new report. | AFP-JIJI

More than 140 million people in Africa, Latin America and South Asia could move to another part of their country by 2050 to escape the ...

Cambridge Analytica stage-managed Kenyan president’s campaigns: U.K. TV

via The Japan Times    Mar 20, 2018

Cambridge Analytica, the U.K. political consultancy at the center of Facebook’s election manipulation scandal, ran the campaigns of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2013 and ...

Nigeria forces repeatedly warned before Boko Haram abducted 110 schoolgirls: Amnesty

via The Japan Times    Mar 20, 2018

A picture taken on Feb. 28 at the Government Girls Technical College at Dapchi town in northern Nigeria shows a classroom deserted by fleeing students after Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped 110 schoolgirls. Nigeria's government on March 1 said it had set up a committee to establish how Boko Haram jihadists managed to kidnap the 110 girls from their school in the country's remote northeast. | AFP-JIJI

Nigeria’s military was on Tuesday accused of ignoring repeated warnings about the movements of Boko Haram fighters before they kidnapped 110 schoolgirls in the country’s ...

U.S. State Department has deal with U.K. data-miner involved in Facebook controversy

via The Japan Times    Mar 20, 2018


The U.S. State Department has a $500,000 contract with the British analysis firm facing allegations it misused Facebook user data and offered to dig dirt ...

Xi’s stronger influence may change ASEAN policy toward Japan, diplomats say

By Tomoyuki Tachikawa
- via The Japan Times    Mar 20, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang  greet former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli (bottom center) and former National People's Congress chairman Zhang Dejiang (bottom right) after the closing session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday. | AFP-JIJI

Some diplomats in China have voiced concerns over President Xi Jinping’s possible indefinite rule, warning that Beijing is set to adopt a tougher approach toward ...

Social networking key to food security

By Leah Samberg
- via The Japan Times    Mar 20, 2018


Ending global hunger is as much about re-imagining social networks as it is about deciding what goes into the ground.

World’s last male northern white rhino, Sudan, dies

via The Japan Times    Mar 20, 2018

The world’s last male northern white rhino, Sudan, has died after “age-related complications,” researchers announced Tuesday, saying he “stole the heart of many with his ...

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