Vietnam authorities destroy ivory worth $7 million

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. Nov 12, 2016
South Koreans protest against President Park Geun-hye in Seoul

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. Nov 12, 2016
Juncker warns Trump presidency poses risk to US ties with Europe

Juncker warns Trump presidency poses risk to US ties with Europe

Donald Trumps surprise election victory risks upsetting the relationship between the US and the European Union, the European Commissions head Jean-Claude Juncker has said.He said the president-elect is ignorant of the EU, adding that Trump has a lot to learn about Europe, what its values are and how it works, and that it is up to the bloc to teach the Republican. Nov 12, 2016