For the first time in years, the Nigerian Army conducted military drills in the Sambisa Forest which previously had been a stronghold for Boko Haram. For VOA, Hussaina Muhammad was given a rare access to the exercises in Maiduguri. Salem Solomon has the report.
China is preparing to shut down ivory factories March 31. It is the first phase of the government's plan to end domestic ivory trade this year. Kenyan conservation group Save the Elephants says that commitment has had some impact. For VOA, Mohammed Yusuf reports from Nairobi, where Save the Elephants released its new findings this week.
Hundreds of ships are switching off their tracking devices and taking unexplained routes, raising concern that the trafficking of arms, migrants and drugs is going undetected. New technology enables authorities to follow the routes of suspect vessels, but security experts say taking on the smugglers will require greater coordination. Henry Ridgwell reports.