Vietnam authorities destroy ivory worth $7 million

The Vietnam authorities have destroyed 2,177.5 kg of elephant ivory and 70.1 kg of rhinoceros horns. It is the first time it has taken such action, intended to demonstrate its commitment to wildlife protection.Vietnam is one of the largest consumer markets for rhino horn and a key transit point for smugglers transporting ivory to China.Around 330 African elephants and 23 rhinos were killed to make the destroyed haul, which has an estimated black market value of more than $7 million. 20 days ago

South Koreans protest against President Park Geun-hye in Seoul

Hundreds of thousands of Koreans attended a protest against President Park Geun-hye in Seoul. The organisers, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, claimed 550,000 people were there, although police estimated the protesters numbers at 250,000. President Park has been accused of allowing a close friend, Choi Soon-Sil, to influence state affairs. The friend is currently under arrest and the subject of an official investigation. 20 days ago