International & Local News summed up in 10 snappy points so that you can keep your finger on the pulse!
10 Things to Know for Thursday:
1. More than 200 people have been arrested, and dozens of police hurt, during clashes between security forces and protesters in Tunisia as anger over price hikes spilt over into unrest, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported on Thursday.
2. A study by American university ecologists reports that war is the biggest threat to Africa’s elephants, rhinos, hippos and other large animals. Lead researcher Josh Daskin, from Yale University, said in Wednesday’s report, Nature, that more than 70 percent of Africa’s protected wildlife areas fell inside a war zone at some point since 1976, some of the areas repeatedly.
3. An Indian airline has fired two pilots reportedly involved in a midair cockpit fight on New Year’s Day, when the pilot allegedly slapped his co-pilot during a London to Mumbai flight.
4. An earthquake was felt at around 10 a.m. (0700 GMT) in Baghdad, according to residents. Authorities were not available immediately for comments.
5. The father of an 8-year-old Pakistani girl whose rape and killing shocked the nation accused the police on Thursday of being slow to respond when his daughter went missing in eastern Punjab province.
6. Myanmar’s military involvement in the deaths of 10 Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine State, admitted by the commander in chief, is just a fraction of the abuses for which security forces are culpable, rights groups say. Fortify Rights, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch described the admission that ethnic Rakhine villagers and security forces killed 10 Royingya Muslims in Inn Dinn village on September 2 last year as the “tip of the iceberg,” and urged an international investigation.
7. Police say a 33-year-old Californian tourist has died after taking a wrong turn while hiking with little water in summer heat in the Australian Outback.
8. North Korea has found good material to attack President Donald Trump: Michael Wolff’s bombshell new book, “Fire and Fury.” The North’s main Rodong Sinmun newspaper said Thursday the book’s sales reflect what it calls “rapidly surging anti-Trump sentiments in the international community.”
9. Conservation group WWF Japan called on the Japanese government on Thursday to shut domestic ivory markets by 2020 arguing
they undermine international efforts to end illegal trade of ivory.
10. A Japanese man was arrested in Thailand after his conspicuous tattoos helped police identify him as a former Yakuza
member accused of murdering the leader of a rival gang in Japan 15 years ago, police told dpa Thursday.
– African News Agency (ANA)