Former Oklahoma City Zoo Staffer Pleads Guilty in Trafficking Endangered Galapagos Tortoises

A former Oklahoma City Zoo employee plead guilty to trafficking stolen endangered Galapagos tortoise hatchlings, according to federal prosecutors Thursday.  Joshua Taylor Lucas has been ordered to pay $32,500 in restitution to the Oklahoma City Zoo after pleading guilty to …

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U.S. Justice Department Declines Launching Criminal Investigation into then-Secretary Elaine Chao’s Misuse of Office Allegations

An ethics investigation into the alleged misuse of office of former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has been closed after the U.S. Justice Department declined to take up the case for a criminal prosecution, according to a report made public on …

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United Nations Investigates Possible Tigray War Crimes Committed by Eritrean Military

Michelle Bachelet, the UN rights chief, says her office has reason to believe that grave violations that could amount to “war crimes and crimes against humanity” were committed in Ethiopia’s Tigray region by Ethiopian and Eritrean troops. In a statement …

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French Photojournalist in Coma After Being Attacked by Gang of Youths and Beaten with Own Camera

French photojournalist Christian Lantenois, 65, was reported to be comatose after he was assaulted in a car park and beaten with his own camera in the north-eastern city of Reims while working for L’Union newspaper. According to Reporters Without Borders, …

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Twenty Dead After Smugglers Threw Eighty African Refugees Overboard

The International Organisation for Migration says at least 20 people have died after smugglers threw 80 migrants and refugees overboard on a voyage from Djibouti to Yemen. So far, five bodies have been recovered and the survivors are receiving treatment …

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Macron: France Murdered Algerian Independence Activist Ali Boumendjel in 1957

President Emmanuel Macron has acknowledged that French soldiers killed Algerian independence activist Ali Boumendjel during the Algerian war had and covered up his death as suicide, on Tuesday.  Boumendjel was a lawyer and political leader who sought for the independence …

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