August 29, 2019

Russia moves high-profile political prisoner ahead of rumored prisoner swap: Report

Instants/iStock(MOSCOW) — The Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, widely considered one of Russia’s most high-profile political prisoners, has reportedly been moved to a Moscow jail in anticipation of a possible prisoner exchange with Ukraine. Sentsov was arrested after Russia seized Crimea in 2014 and was sentenced to 20 years jail on terrorism charges in what was widely condemned by international human rights groups as a political show trial. Sentsov’s case has attracted an outcry from the g..
August 29, 2019

With a loud boom, massive cloud Stromboli volcano erupts again

APeriamPhotography/iStock(ROME) -- Stromboli volcano erupted again on Wednesday, shortly after noon, spouting sand, ash and lava dashing down the steep slopes to the sea. The eruption was preceded by a loud boom followed by a large cloud, which engulfed the volcano and island and was seen kilometers away by vacationers on boats in the surrounding waters around the island. About 5,000 residents and visitors are currently on the island, which is off the coast of Sicily, a popular but rugged summer..
August 29, 2019

“Nightline” given tour of Chinese ‘vocational’ centers where Muslim citizens are held

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The Chinese government is accused of detaining up to a million people from its Muslim population in what human rights experts are calling "re-education camps," while others call them "internment" or "concentration" camps, located throughout China's Xinjiang province. ABC News Senior Investigative Producer Gerry Wagschal was granted rare on-camera tours of two centers in Xinjiang: One in Shule County outside the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, which the center'..
August 29, 2019

CITES stops short of outright ban on zoo trade in wild African elephants

Andrew Linscott/iStock(GENEVA) -- An international conference on wildlife trade has agreed to impose a near-total ban on snatching African elephants from the wild to send them to zoos and other captive facilities around the world. Following days of contentious debate in Geneva, a majority of the member nations to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) on Tuesday approved the new restrictions, which stop short of completely barring the trade in African elephants captu..