SeaWorld to end orca whale breeding programme

Bowing to years of pressure from animal rights activists, US theme park operator SeaWorld said on 17 March it would stop breeding orca whales and that those currently at its parks would be the last. Orlando-based SeaWorld has faced sagging attendance along with criticism about its treatment of the captive marine mammals, and some activists had called for the end of public exhibition of orcas altogether. Mar 17, 2016

Video of Japanese Nusra Front hostage Jumpei Yasuda surfaces

A video surfaced on 17 March, appearing to show a missing Japanese journalist, reportedly held by an al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, reading a message to his family and country. Hello, I am Jumpet Yasuda. Today is my birthday, 16 March, the bearded man, who appears to be the Japanese freelance journalist of that name, says on the video, posted on Facebook. Mar 17, 2016