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World’s last male northern white rhino, Sudan, dies in Kenyan conservancy

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The world’s last male northern white rhino has died in a Kenyan conservancy on Monday March 19, 2018, the conservancy confirmed early Tuesday morning on social media.

Named Sudan, the 45-year-old animal was housed at the Ol Pejeta conservancy in – a 90,000-acre not-for-profit wildlife facility in Kenya’s Laikipia County. There are only two more white rhinos left in the world, the remaining females also live at the same facility.

Reports had emerged two weeks ago that Sudan was recovering from an infected leg hence the conservancy had put on hold a decision to euthanise him. The rhino had spent weeks lying in his pen due to discomfort from a deep wound on his right hind leg.

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“Sudan was being treated for age-related complications that led to degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds. His condition worsened significantly in the last 24 hours; he was unable to stand up and was suffering a great deal,” Ol Pejeta said.

Ol Pejeta veterinarian said at the time: “Seven days ago we thought that we would make that decision because then one morning he could not rise, he completely was unable to rise.

“But then after some medication that we gave for pain and antibiotic he was able to stand up, that gave us hope and just maybe we would like to give him a chance at life. The decision to euthanise him has been put on hold.”

Sudan lived with the last two females of the same species in the conservancy. Decades of rampant poaching have drastically cut numbers of northern white rhinos as their horns can go for up to $50,000 per kilo, making them more valuable than gold or cocaine.

Scientists at the time were working to help Sudan reproduce via in-vitro fertilization.The embryo was to be implanted in a surrogate southern white rhino, Ol Pejeta confirmed that Sudan’s genetic material had been collected, adding that it “and provides a hope for future attempts at reproduction of northern white rhinos through advanced cellular technologies.”

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PM Abiy reiterates Ethiopia’s decision over latest clampdown.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has finally spoken on ongoing anti-corruption and rights abuse clampdown stating that there was not going to be any backing down let alone retreat.

A statement from the Abiy’s office issued in Amharic tasked citizens to rally behind the development as a means of ridding the country of lawlessness and criminal elements.

State-affiliated FBC reported that the statement titled, ‘Let’s Fight (the) Cancer,’ said the government was bent on bringing people behind injustices to book.



The statement said the underlying objective of recent arrests was to get rid of Ethiopia criminals. “… criminals do not care about ethnicity, country, or morality; they only care for themselves.

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“The key to justice is to create a system for innocent citizens to live in freedom and dignity while criminals are held accountable and punished in accordance with the law,” the statement read in part.

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Since early this week, authorities have announced the arrest of over sixty former military and intelligence officials arrested in connection with rights abuse in prisons and gross corruption in the military run business conglomerate, Metals and Engineering Corporation, MetEC.

A former head of MetEC, Kinfe Dagnew; and a former intelligence chiefs, Tekleberhan Woldearegay and Yared Zerihun have all been detained and put before courts in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Head of security at the state monopoly, Ethio Telecom, Gudeta Olana, has also been arrested as has head of the entity and brother of ex-MetEC boss, Essayas Dagnew.

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New Zealand denies refusing refugees with holiday visas entry.

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Friday, rejected allegations that the country’s government was blocking refugees who wished to travel into the country from Nauru on visitor visas.

Nauru’s president, Baron Waqa, also claimed in an interview with Australian media that he had also personally brokered a deal for New Zealand to accept 80 refugees currently located on the island.



“It’s incorrect to say that there is some kind of agreement for 80 specific individuals to take residence or visit,’’ Ardern told media at the East Asia Summit in Singapore.

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“The request did not ask about whether refugees could visit New Zealand on holiday visas,’’ he added.

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The country assessed all applications for visitor visas on a case-by-case basis. This applies regardless of a person’s country of origin or nationality.

The country is under pressure to transfer the remaining 30 children from the island.

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