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MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Syrian Army is planning offensives against the cities of Deir al-Zor and Raqqa with the support of the Russian Air Force, RIA news agency quoted Alexei Borodavkin, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, as saying on Friday. (Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Paul Tait)
Eleven towering piles of ivory rise above the savannah grasslands of Nairobi National Park, ready to be burned Saturday in a symbolic grand gesture against the trade threatening elephants with extinction. "Ivory doesn't burn," said Robin Hollister, the pyrotechnic expert responsible for the fires. Hollister has helped organise all the cremations staged by Kenya since the first burn in 1989.