The Kenya Wildlife Service has stacked 105 tons of ivory consisting of 16,000 tusks, and 1 ton of rhino horn, from stockpiles around the country, in preparation for it to be torched Saturday to encourage global efforts to help stop the poaching of elephants and rhinos.
Unidentified assailants fatally stabbed two men in Bangladesh’s capital Monday, including a gay rights activist who also worked for the USAID, police said. It marks the latest in a series of attacks in the country targeting atheists, moderates and foreigners.
South Sudan is holding a wrestling for peace tournament, bringing together athletes from around the country. The last big tournament was canceled when civil war broke out in December 2013.
Recovering from its strongest and deadliest earthquake in decades, Ecuador endured the strongest aftershock yet before dawn Wednesday. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake over the weekend killed more than 500 people.
Hindu devotees celebrated the festival of Ram Navami, the birth anniversary of Lord Rama, on April 15, which also marks the end of the nine-day long fasting and Navaratri festival. Three days each of Navratri are devoted to the worship of the goddess of valor Durga, the goddess of wealth Lakshmi, and the goddess of knowledge Saraswati.
The 31st edition of the Marathon des Sables is a live stage 257 km race through a formidable landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable climates.
Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan dropped 19 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to figures from the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. A recent uptick in violence across the south, however, will worsen once the poppy crop is harvested in coming weeks and the extremists deploy gunmen to protect their vast smuggling empire, officials, analysts and diplomats are predicting.