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Uganda tourism sector gets buses boost

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  The Uganda Wildlife Authority and Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) have got a boost of vehicles from the Private Sector Foundation to help boost the tourism sector. Officials in the tourism sector have today launched the busses and safari cars acquired through the Competitiveness and Enterprise …

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US sanctions Ugandan, Sudanese LRA ivory traders

Washington, United States | AFP |  The United States on Wednesday imposed economic sanctions on two Africans accused of using the illegal ivory trade to funnel weapons and money to Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army. Washington blacklisted Kony and his rebel guerilla group last year, accusing them of …

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China seizes 12 tonnes of endangered pangolin scales

Beijing, China | AFP | Nearly 12 tonnes of smuggled pangolin scales have been confiscated by Chinese officials — the country’s largest-ever seizure of the endangered mammal’s prized parts as it seeks to curb illegal trafficking. The pangolin, whose brown scales have earned it the nickname “scaly anteater”, is the most …

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Trump reverses elephant trophy decision, keeps ban

Washington, United States | AFP | President Donald Trump said Friday he will uphold a ban on importing trophies of elephants hunted and killed in Zimbabwe, pending further review, reversing his own administration’s decision from just a day earlier after a public outcry. “Put big game trophy decision on hold …

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Uganda gets seat on World Heritage Committee

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda has been elected to serve on the World Heritage Committee for the first time. The World Heritage Committee is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention that defines the use of the World Heritage Fund and allocates financial assistance upon requests …

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