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Kenya to torch huge elephant tusk stockpile

  • pyre: Nairobi (AFP)- Eleven giant pyres of tusks are to be set on fire as Kenya torches its vast ivory stockpile in a grand gesture aimed at shocking the world into stopping the slaughter of elephants.
  • pyre: Stockpiles of elephant tusks are stacked up onto pyres at Nairobi's national park waiting to be burned along with more than a tonne of rhino-horn at what is said to be the biggest stockpile destruction in history ( AFP Photo/Tony Karumba) More.
  • pyre: The pyres prepared in Nairobi contain some 16,000 tusks and pieces of ivory.
  • pyrotechnic: If you wish to incinerate it, you have to take it to extreme temperatures," said Robin Hollister, a former film special effects specialist turned pyrotechnic expert, who has organised the fuel-fed fires.

Russian Censorship Group Seeks Chinese Help to Better Control Internet

  • revere: Heavy fines and jail time have been introduced for anyone posting online comments deemed extremism, an incitement to hatred or an insult to revered groups such as Orthodox Christians.
  • ban: So, you know, if they would ban Facebook in Russia, then everyone would notice.”
  • urgency: Russian internet experts said the forum’s timing and high-profile guests demonstrated an urgency in the Kremlin's struggle to control information ahead of parliamentary elections later this year and presidential elections in 2018.
  • instigate: Prominent bloggers and activists are targeted to send a message, Soldatov said, “because the Russian system, in large part, is based on intimidation and instigating self-censorship among journalists and among users of social networks and bloggers.
  • pioneer: Anton Nosik is a Moscow-based blogger and Russian internet pioneer who, just a day before the forum, was charged with extremism and inciting hatred for posts he made about bombing Syria and comparing President Bashar al-Assad’s government to Nazi Germany.

Chemical Cocktail Turns Skin Cells Into Beating Heart Cells

  • laborious: Previous work in tissue regeneration involved a laborious process of inserting specific genes into stem cells created from skin cells, then infusing the transformed cells into the body to create healthy tissue.
  • regenerate: Their work lays the foundation for one day being able to regenerate lost or damaged cells with pharmaceutical drugs.
  • transplant: Transplanted into a mouse heart, the cells developed into healthy heart muscle cells.

No war crimes charges for US troops who bombed Afghan hospital

  • evasive: Once over Kunduz the plane was fired upon by a ground to air missile, a rare threat in the Afghan theater, and the crew had to take evasive action before returning to the scene of the fighting.
  • incomprehensible: It is incomprehensible that, under the circumstances described by the US, the attack was not called off.
  • unscathed: Witnesses told MSF that the main central block of the facility housing the intensive care unit was targeted precisely, with nearby buildings unscathed, and many patients burned to death in their beds.

Nigeria and pro-Biafra campaigners step up war of words

  • shallow: Earlier this month, Nigerian intelligence accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement of abducting and killing five ethnic Fulani people and burying them shallow graves.
  • propagate: I can assure you more people are coming to Indigenous People of Biafra," said Prince Emmanuel Kanu, whose brother Nnamdi is the group's leader and is facing treason charges for " propagating a secessionist agenda ".
  • secession: The significance of the DSS accusation is not lost on Nigerians because of violence before secession against Igbos living in the mainly Muslim north, where Hausa-speaking Fulani are dominant.
  • aggravate: Abuja (AFP)- Nigeria's government and pro-Biafra activists are increasingly trading accusations of deadly violence, threatening to aggravate a tense stand-off prompted by the detention of the group's leader.
  • bury: Earlier this month, Nigerian intelligence accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement of abducting and killing five ethnic Fulani people and burying them shallow graves.

How France sank Japan's $40 billion Australian submarine dream

  • commemorate: Le Drian traveled to Albany in the country's remote southwest, where officials had gathered to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the first sailing of Australian soldiers to fight on France's Western Front during World War One.
  • firm: A former navy submariner who had also been the general manager for strategy at state-run Australian submarine firm ASC, Costello was ideally placed to lead a bid.
  • propeller: An employee looks at the propeller of a Scorpen submarine at the industrial site of the naval defence company and shipbuilder DCNS in La Montagne near Nantes, France, April 26, 2016.
  • resignation: Cru cially, in April 2015, DCNS hired Costello, who had earlier that year lost his job as chief of staff of Australia's Defence Ministry in the wake of Johnston's resignation.
  • navy: A former navy submariner who had also been the general manager for strategy at state-run Australian submarine firm ASC, Costello was ideally placed to lead a bid.