The chief warden of Upemba National Park was killed Sunday after being ambushed by members of the Mai-Mai militia in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Atamato Madrandele was returning to the park’s headquarters on his motorcycle when he was ambushed and shot. He was 43.
Mai-Mai rebels have been linked to the killing of six people last June at the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in Epulu in response to a crackdown on elephant poaching and illegal gold mining. Fourteen rare okapi, a kind of fo... Read More
Seven sports bodies made their pitches to the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics. The program commission in Lausanne, Switzerland, heard pitches from the newly created baseball-softball joint confederation, karate, roller sports, squash, sport climbing, wakeboard, and wushu. In May, the commission will give a report to the IOC Executive Committee, which will then recommend one sport for inclusion. IOC members will then vote to confirm the new sport ... Read More
Canadian authorities say they have arrested three men in relation to a 10 million pound maple syrup heist executed in Quebec last summer. The theft of some 10,000 barrels of stockpiled syrup, part of the Federation of Maple Syrup Producers’ closely guarded “International Strategic Reserve,” sparked an international investigation leading to this week's arrest.
The three will be charged with theft, conspiracy, fraud, and trafficking in stolen goods. Police have also seized the... Read More
A snowboarder who went missing after cutting off the trail on a mountain near Vancouver was found alive on Tuesday by a helicopter crew. Sebastien Boucher, 33, was riding on Cypress Mountain on Sunday when he became lost in the trees. A friend alerted local search and rescue after receiving a text from Boucher requesting help. North Shore Rescue manager Bruce Moffat said that Boucher started jumping and waving his arms when he spotted the aircraft. "He's in amazing shape for what he's gone thr... Read More
There is an unidentified substance seeping out of the Deepwater Horizon wreckage. The hibernating sea beast is awakening just in time for the end of the world. According to the Coast Guard, an "unidentified substance inconsistent with oil" is seeping from various sources at the site of the 2010 disaster, but they've been unable to determine what it is or how much there is of it (cue the theremin). The source of the oil sheen on the Gulf of Mexico is also still unknown. A remotely operated vehi... Read More