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Twenty Africa migrants found dead in Libyan desert

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Libyan authorities say bodies of 20 people believed to be African migrants who got lost in the desert have been found by rescuers, who presume the group died of thirst.

The bodies, according to an official of International Organisation for Migration (IOM), were discovered by a truck driver travelling through the desert and were recovered on Tuesday about 320 kilometres (198 miles) southwest of Kufra and 120km (74 miles) from the border with Chad.

“The driver got lost … and we believe the group died in the desert about 14 days ago since the last call on a mobile phone there was on June 13,” an ambulance official in the Kufra province, Ibrahim Belhasan said of the find on Wednesday.

The Kufra ambulance service, in a statement, said two of the bodies were Libyans and the others were believed to be migrants from Chad crossing into Libya.

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Over 150 endangered vultures poisoned to death in South Africa, Botswana

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Not less than 150 endangered vultures in South Africa and Botswana have been poisoned to death, according to conservationists who warned that the mass killings could push the birds closer to extinction faster.

A conservation group, Vulpro which raised the alarm on Friday, said the vultures were poisoned in separate incidents.

The group said more than 50 white-backed vultures were found dead in Botswana’s northern Chobe district on Friday, while about 100 others were discovered in South Africa’s Kruger National Park the same day.

“The repercussions of these poisonings are huge. It’s breeding season so their chicks will not survive and breeding pairs have been lost for good,” the organisation wrote in a tweet.

“Vulture populations cannot withstand these losses and the threat of extinction creeps ever closer,” it wrote in another tweet.

Vulpro’s founder, Kerri Wolter, who expressed worries over the attacks, said in both cases, the birds died after feeding from the carcass of a buffalo, which appeared to have been laced with poison.

Park officials in South Africa said they were investigating the incident, adding some of the carcasses appeared to have been harvested for their body parts.

According to a wildlife group in South Africa, vulture poisoning is very common in the southern African region as the heads and other vital parts are used in preparing traditional medicine.

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Authorities capture over 250 fleeing prisoners days after Congo DR, Beni jailbreak

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Report from the Democratic Republic of Congo says over 250 inmates of the over 800 who escaped from a prison in the jailbreak on Wednesday have been captured.

The prison authority on Thursday presented 166 of the inmates in addition to the 86 other fugitives who had earlier been captured with the help of the public.

Man hunt is still on for remaining inmates.

Military sources confirmed on Wednesday that the prison break happened in eastern region the country.

Spokesman of the army in Beni, Captain Antony Mualushayi, said “a group of unidentified Mayi-Mayi attacked the central prison of Kakwangura in the town of Butembo. Two policemen on guard duty were killed.”

According to the United Nations, more than 100 armed groups and local militias operate in eastern DRC.

IS affiliated group, ADF has admitted it was behind the attack as suggested earlier by the army.

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