Ariana Grande to become Manchester honorary citizen

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Updated 13 July 2017
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Ariana Grande to become Manchester honorary citizen

Manchester, England: Manchester officials said they are making US pop singer Ariana Grande an honorary citizen of the city because of her response to the deadly concert attack in May.
City council leader Richard Leese proposed the move, describing the 23-year-old singer as “a young American woman for whom it would have been understandable if she never wanted to see this place again.”
He said instead, Grande “brought comfort to thousands and raised millions” for an emergency fund when she returned to headline the One Love Manchester benefit concert in June.
Other council officials in the northwest English city voted Wednesday to back the proposal.
Bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people on May 22 when he detonated a bomb at the Manchester Arena at the end of a concert by Grande.


Sumatran elephant found dead with missing tusks in Indonesia

Updated 17 November 2018
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Sumatran elephant found dead with missing tusks in Indonesia

  • The cause of death was not immediately clear because the body was badly decomposed
  • At least 11 wild elephants died in Aceh last year, most of them killed by humans

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia: A Sumatran elephant has been found dead with its tusks removed in an apparent poaching case targeting the critically endangered animal, an Indonesian conservation official said Friday.
The 10-year-old male’s rotting corpse was found in Blang Awe village in Aceh province earlier this week.
“His tusks were missing and there were traces of blood in the location where he was found,” Aceh conservation center head Sapto Aji Prabowo told AFP.
Officials estimated the animal had been dead for at least a week when the carcass was discovered.
The cause of death was not immediately clear because the body was badly decomposed, Prabowo said.
Tissue samples will be analyzed for signs of poisoning.
Rampant deforestation has reduced the species’ natural habitat and brought them into conflict with humans, while their tusks are prized in the illegal wildlife trade.
At least 11 wild elephants died in Aceh last year, most of them killed by humans.
In July, a Sumatran elephant was found dead from apparent poisoning in a palm oil plantation.
The environment ministry estimates only around 500 Sumatran elephants remain in Aceh.