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Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife trafficking

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Thai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia's illegal trade in endangered species, dealing a blow to a family-run syndicate that smuggles elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts to Chinese and Vietnamese dealers. Boonchai Bach, 40, a Vietnamese national with Thai citizenship, was arrested on Friday evening over the smuggling of 14 rhino horns worth around $1 million from Africa to Thailand.

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Gambia's former dictator 'could be extradited'

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The African dictator who gave sanctuary to Gambian tyrant Yahya Jammeh last year has hinted that he may eventually be willing to hand him over to face trial for human rights abuses. Teodoro Obiang, the long-running president of Equatorial Guinea, took in Mr Jammeh last January after the Gambian president unexpectedly lost elections to opposition underdog Adama Barrow, who once worked as a security guard in a London Argos. Mr Jammeh's downfall was hailed as a David-and-Goliath victory for democracy in tiny Gambia, where he had ruled for 22 years. But his departure to Equatorial Guinea led many of those who suffered human rights abuses during his regime to assume that he would never face a court. Mr Obiang has never signed the statutes of the International Criminal Court, meaning that Mr Jammeh cannot be extradited without his host’s permission. However, despite a widespread presumption that Mr Obiang would dismiss extradition requests out of hand, he said in a rare interview last week that they would be studied and "considered". Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has ruled since 1979 Credit:  AIZAR RALDES/ AFP "If there is a request, I will analyse it with my lawyers," he told Radio France Internationale, in his first public comment on the matter. Mr Obiang, 75, took in Mr Jammeh on January 22 last year as part of a deal brokered by the regional ECOWAS power bloc to persuade him to step down peacefully. The Gambian leader had spent the previous six weeks trying to cling to power, making the unlikely claim that the elections had been rigged against him. ECOWAS troops were already massing on the Gambian border, with orders to remove Mr Jammeh and his 300-strong presidential guard by force if necessary. But the offer of sanctuary from Mr Obiang helped persuade Mr Jammeh not to try to fight. It was widely speculated at the time that Mr Obiang's offer was made partly as a gesture of solidarity between one African dictator and another. The Equatorial Guinean leader, who seized power in 1979, has just as dismal a human rights record as Mr Jammeh. Jammeh departs at Banjul airport in Gambia in January 2017 Elsewhere in last week's radio interview, Mr Obiang voiced the opinion that extraditing Mr Jammeh "might be a bad political idea", given that he had eventually agreed to go peacefully. But his pledge that he would review any such request on its legal merits was interpreted by human rights groups as a discreet sign that he wanted to leave the door open on the matter. Mr Obiang claims to want to retire from power soon, and might view the granting of an extradition request as a way of improving his own legacy. Reed Brody, a lawyer for the advocacy group Human Rights Watch, which has been compiling testimony of human rights abuses during the Jammeh era, told The Telegraph: "Obiang's response shows that, dictator solidarity aside, he won't be able to just brush aside a well-grounded request for Jammeh's extradition."

CHAN 2018: Congo win to advance but Cameroon lose to drop out

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Congo's win over Burkina Faso means they progress at the African Nations Championship but Cameroon lose to drop out of contention.

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CHAN 2018: Cameroon hopes ended by 1-0 loss to Angola

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Cameroon cannot reach the quarter-finals of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) after losing 1-0 to Angola.

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Astronaut expected to be the 1st African-American Space Station crewmember won't fly in 2018 after all

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Jeanette Epps, who was set to become the first-ever African-American astronaut to be a crewmember on the International Space Station, will not fly to space in 2018 as scheduled, NASA announced late Thursday.  It's not clear why Epps was reassigned from her flight. The decision pulls her from her slated mission, which was expected to launch in June.  "A number of factors are considered when making flight assignments; these decisions are personnel matters for which NASA doesn’t provide information," NASA spokesperson Brandi Dean said via email. SEE ALSO: NASA's first African-American Space Station crewmember is your new role model NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor "... is taking the place of astronaut Jeanette Epps, who will return to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to assume duties in the Astronaut Office and be considered for assignment to future missions," NASA said in a statement.  That mission would have been Epps's first flight to space. NASA announced Epps's flight assignment in 2017, and it immediately went viral. Dozens of media organizations (including Mashable) wrote about Epps and her groundbreaking scheduled flight to the Space Station. While six other African-American astronauts have spent time on the Space Station, Epps was expected to become the first to live and work aboard the orbiting laboratory as a full crewmember on a months-long mission.  Epps made it to NASA as one of 14 astronaut candidates in the space agency's 2009 class. NASA received 3,500 astronaut applications that year. She arrived at this assignment after having a somewhat non-traditional career for an astronaut.  She started off as a NASA fellow at the University of Maryland before moving on to work at a lab at Ford Motor Company, NASA said. Epps then spent more than seven years working as a technical intelligence officer for the Central Intelligence Agency.  "I did a lot of scientific stuff, but I also did a lot of operational stuff," Epps said in a video interview released by NASA in 2015. "We worked in non-proliferation issues, which was great. It's reverse engineering at its best."  Epps was inspired to become an astronaut from an early age, when she saw the first group of American women who were chosen to fly to space. "It was about 1980, I was nine years old. My brother came home and he looked at my grades and my twin sisters' grades and he said, 'You know, you guys can probably become aerospace engineers or even astronauts,'" Epps said in the video. "And this was at the time that Sally Ride [the first American woman to fly in space] and a group of women were selected to become astronauts — the first time in history. So, he made that comment and I said, 'Wow, that would be so cool.'" WATCH: What de-orbiting the International Space Station means

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Elizabeth Ohene: The year veteran presidents finally moved on

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Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene looks back at the African leaders who lost power in 2017.

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Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife trafficking

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Thai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia's illegal trade in endangered species, dealing a blow to a family-run syndicate that smuggles elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts to Chinese and Vietnamese dealers. Boonchai Bach, 40, a Vietnamese national with Thai citizenship, was arrested on Friday evening over the smuggling of 14 rhino horns worth around $1 million from Africa to Thailand.

From: www.yahoo.com

Fishermen's app: 'We can go direct to the consumer'

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The app that's allowing Africa's fishermen to sell their catches directly to restaurants.

From: www.bbc.co.uk

Through the lens: The photographers capturing Africa's year

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African photographers select their favourite images of 2017 and explain their power.

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Trump's vulgar Africa comment morphs into tourism campaigns

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — First, there was outrage in Africa at President Donald Trump's vulgar comment about the continent. Now some governments and tourism operators are humorously exploiting it to promote Africa's many attractions.

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