- AP PHOTOS: These animals are more than meets the eye
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An elephant? Look again. Artist Johannes Stoetter paints on human bodies to create images of endangered and other animals. He unveiled his elephant painting Monday at a global wildlife conference. The plight of Africa's elephants is a key issue at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, which goes through Oct. 5. Also unveiled was an elephant sculpture by Daniel Jansen van Vuuren. Wildlife groups say poachers kill up to 30,000 elephants across the continent each year in pursuit of ivory. Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa are pushing to sell their ivory stockpiles for millions of dollars, but they are opposed by about 30 African nations that want to tighten an international ban on the ivory trade.
- Nigeria military: 8 soldiers killed in attacks by extremists
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists have killed eight soldiers and wounded 17 in two attacks in northeastern Nigeria, the country's military said Monday.
- Armed men kill soldier, civilian in Mali's Timbuktu: Army
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — An army spokesman says armed men in Mali's northern city of Timbuktu have killed a soldier and his cousin.
- Shell Nigeria refuses to confirm oil militants' attack
WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Shell Nigeria refused Monday to confirm a report by the Niger Delta Avengers militant group that it has bombed the company's Bonny oil pipeline and again crippled its exports.
- South Sudan rebel leader says president wants 'ethnic state'
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — South Sudan's rebel leader on Monday accused President Salva Kiir of wanting to turn the country into an "ethnic state" for his Dinka group.
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