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    Uganda and Nigeria have launched campaigns to ban homosexuality and throw gays in jail.

    Everything you need to know about Africa’s anti-gay crackdown

     

  3. In the early 1990s researchers discovered that the overwhelming majority of cheetah cub deaths in their sample had been caused by lions.

    New research, however, suggests that the king of the jungle isn’t a cheetah cub’s biggest threat, and that the two species can coexist. So what’s happening to all the baby cheetahs? 

    Matt Soniak investigates in, Maybe lions aren’t cheetah-murdering monsters after all

     


  4. The story behind today’s Google Doodle subject: Dian Fossey

     


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  6. "We’re shifting from biologists being out there in these parks to military people being out there."Lee White, head of the national park system in Gabon, Africa

    In 2011, at least 25,000 elephants were slaughtered for their ivory, which can fetch thousands of dollars apiece thanks to growing demand in Asia. But there’s also a human toll to this violent conflict: Hundreds of rangers and poachers have died in what’s become an increasingly gruesome anti-poaching war.

    Take a look inside Africa’s bloody elephant-poaching war

    PHOTO: Ding Haitao/Xinhua Press/Corbis

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  7. Sudan and South Sudan continued inching closer to all-out war on Thursday, as the longtime rivals traded accusations designed to paint each other as the aggressor. South Sudan said its northern neighbor had bombed a village in the oil-rich Unity state along the two nations’ contested border. In response, Khartoum accused South Sudan of beating captured soldiers.

    Can anything stop the sister nations from renewing a civil war that killed two million people over two decades? There are some suggestions:

    The world should pay Sudan for peace, says Mark Tran at The Guardian. The South’s secession was a bitter pill for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to swallow: South Sudan got two-thirds of Sudanese oil reserves, and “the loss of oil revenues has left Khartoum with a financial black hole of about $7 billion.” That’s why diplomats are floating a “grand plan” to make up for the shortfall through a mix of belt-tightening in Khartoum, cash from China and Gulf states, and higher fees for transferring oil from landlocked South Sudan to Sudan’s port. Really, the world ought to just pay off Sudan, he concludes: “$7 billion to buy peace looks like a bargain.”

    3 ways to defuse the deadly Sudan conflict

     

  8. Britian’s Conservative government is taking a “tough love” approach to foreign aid, threatening to withhold millions of dollars to countries that persecute gays and lesbians. The southern African nation of Malawi has already had its payments sliced by about $30 million, after it sentenced a gay couple to 14 months of hard labor for holding an engagement party. Fellow “anti-gay” countries Uganda and Ghana could lose millions, too. “I want Britain to be a global beacon for reform,” says Prime Minister David Cameron. Is this a good use of foreign aid?

     


  9. The nation is experiencing its worst drought in two decades, and 11.3 million people need humanitarian aid as food prices continue to rise and supplies dwindle. The good news is that you can donate. If you need any convincing, this should do the trick. (via BuzzFeed)

     

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    The world’s biggest complex of refugee camps is already so full, there are about 70,000 people living outside it. Mostly women and children, they shelter from the elements in domelike huts made from sticks, plastic sheeting and discarded cartons from aid packets. Toilets are scarce, and water is delivered periodically by truck.
    The conditions in Kenya’s far east are all too familiar to the refugees,

    Continue reading… Time.com (click pic)

    (Source: TIME, via csmonitor)

     

  11. A Furcifer timoni chameleon, speckled with what looks like “glam rock makeup,” is one of 615 new species discovered by scientists in Madagascar. Despite its shocking color and relative torpor, this lizard long evaded conservationists, who’d been intensively surveying the area for years before they stumbled upon it.

    Check out a slideshow of the other new species that make Madagascar a treasure trove for conservationists.