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Global wildlife pact meeting moves to Geneva after Sri Lanka attacks

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was cancelled in Sri Lanka because of recent suicide attacks will instead be held in Geneva in August, the organisers

said on Thursday.

The meeting of 182 countries who have signed on to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

was supposed to be held from May 23 to June 3 in Colombo.

However, the plans shifted after 257 people were killed in suicide attacks in three churches, three luxury hotels and two

other locations in Sri Lanka in April.

The CITES Secretariat in Geneva said it decided to relocate the conference to the Swiss city, “considering the security

and other concerns’’ expressed by many member countries.

It will now be held from August 17 to 28.

The 1973 CITES pact regulates trade with around 35,000 at-risk animal and plant species to ensure they do not become

extinct.

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Suspected Ethiopian livestock raiders kill 12 in northern Kenya

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The attackers killed five men and injured three others when raiding about 500 cattle in the Manyatta Qoroso area of Marsabit County, which borders Ethiopia, on Saturday evening, police said in a statement.

A day later, the raiders attacked the nearby village of Kubi Ires Burale Fora, killing four adults and three children and stealing 1,000 goats, police said.

Kenyan authorities were on the hunt for the attackers by ground and air, according to the statement.

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(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim)

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Bells toll in U.S. to mark anniversary of beginning of slavery 

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The bell ringing is part of a national initiative to get Americans to recognize the historical importance of the arrival of the Africans in Virginia, then a British colony, at the end of Aug. 1619.

The Washington National Cathedral rang its largest funereal bell for one minute starting at 3 pm (1900 GMT) to mark the anniversary. Churches in Boston, Atlanta and other major cities were expected to join, as was the U.S. National Park Service.

The bells were rung to recognise the strength of the Africans in the face of injustice and dehumanization, Reverend Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral, said in a statement.

Several events were held in Virginia over the weekend to mark the arrival of the enslaved Africans who came from a part of south-east coast of Africa that is now Angola.

That trade of the Africans for food at Point Comfort – now Fort Monroe, Virginia – is considered by many historians to be the beginning of slavery in the British colonies, a pivotal moment in American history that set the stage for the U.S. Civil War, segregation, lynchings, race riots and struggles with race relations that continue today.

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Israeli army alleges 3 rockets fired from Gaza into Israel –

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Two of the projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defence system, the army said.

The third struck a road, causing damage and a fire that was swiftly extinguished, according to Israeli media.

Sirens sounded in the city of Sderot, where a festival was taking place, and a number of other communities in the area.

The Magen David Adom emergency service said it treated seven people: six who was suffering from anxiety; and a 30-year-old woman who fell while running to the bomb shelter.

Overnight between Wednesday and Thursday, Israeli fighter jets struck a number of Hamas targets in Gaza in response to two rockets fired into Israel from the enclave.

A total of nine rockets have been fired from Gaza in just over a week.

No group in Gaza has claimed responsibility for the rockets. Spokesmen for the radical Islamist Hamas movement which rules Gaza have said the attacks were carried out by individuals and not by the group’s armed wing.

A Hamas spokesman warned last week that the difficult situation in Gaza would lead to a further escalation if Israel doesn’t show any commitment towards implementing understandings brokered by Egypt with Israel.

On Friday, Qatari envoy Mohammad Ammadi travelled to Gaza to hold talks with Hamas leaders on reinforcing ceasefire understandings with Israel, according to Palestinian security sources.

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(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim)

 

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6 Moroccan political detainees say they will give up citizenship 

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The lawyer, Mohammed Zyan, told dpa that the detainees wanted to take a stand against the Moroccan authorities.

However, it is not legal for anyone to request that they be stripped of citizenship, he added.

On Saturday, the father of Nasser Zefzafi, the leader of the protest movement, known as Hirak Rif, posted a video on his Facebook page in which he appeared reading out a message from the six detainees.

In the message, the detainees said that they would relinquish their citizenship, go on a hunger strike and renege on their allegiance to the Moroccan king.

They held the authorities responsible for their safety and called on the international community for support.

Last month, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI pardoned thousands of detainees, including some arrested over 2016 anti-government protests, in a move to mark his 20 years on the throne.

In 2016, a wave of street protests erupted in the northern province of al-Hoceima against unemployment and alleged government corruption.

The protests followed the death of a fish vendor who was crushed by a waste disposal truck while trying to prevent the destruction of his fish, which were confiscated by police.

The protests were some of the largest seen in Morocco since 2011.

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U.S., Japan agree ‘in principle’ on new trade pact 

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U.S. President Donald Trump said this on Sunday in Biarritz, France, venue of the G7 Summit.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Trump twice during the summit and confirmed that the deal was reached but final language still needed to be ironed out in the coming weeks.

The deal will include agriculture, industry and digital trade.

The U.S. noted that Japan will buy excess corn that China had promised to purchase but then dropped as part of the trade war.

In all, the U.S. says the deal will open up markets for 7 billion dollars in trade.

“It’s very good news for our farmers and ranchers, but it’s also good news for those who work in the digital e-commerce space, where it is the gold standard of an international agreement,” said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

Trump and Abe have been building their bilateral relationship over the past two years and are seen has having grown very close.

A trade deal between the largest and third-largest economies in the world would be a positive gain from their relationship, especially given the collapse of U.S. negotiations with China and the ratcheting-up of the trade war between Beijing and Washington.

Trump had rejected the planned Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that former president Barack Obama had negotiated with nations in that region, leaving a potential vacuum.

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