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A rare African black leopard has been pictured in the first confirmed sighting for almost 100 years.

The elusive cats, also known as black panthers, were last seen in a confirmed observation in 1909 in Ethiopia.

Kenya’s Ol Ari Nyiro Conservancy says it took a photo of a black leopard in May 2007 but did not publicise it at the time.

British wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas captured the latest black leopard in Kenya after a friend told him there had been sightings.

The leopard's spots show up on infra-red cameras at night. Pic: Will Burrard-Lucas

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The leopard’s spots show up on infra-red cameras at night. Pic: Will Burrard-Lucas
Black leopards carry a gene mutation for 'menalism'. Pic: Will Burrard-Lucas

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Black leopards carry a gene mutation for melanism. Pic: Will Burrard-Lucas

He contacted the landowners and set up motion-sensitive cameras to capture the largely nocturnal cat in Laikipia County, central Kenya, in January.

Black leopards are the same as their spotty relatives but carry a gene mutation for melanism that makes their coats black.

However, infrared cameras used during the night revealed their spots.

Mr Burrard-Lucas set up “studio-like lighting” and left his cameras for days in an area where the leopard had been spotted before he was successful.

The black leopard is very elusive. Pic: Will Burrard-Lucas

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The black leopard is very elusive. Pic: Will Burrard-Lucas

“For me, no animal is shrouded in more mystery, no animal more elusive, and no animal more beautiful,” Mr Burrard-Lucas wrote on his blog.

“Nobody I knew had ever seen one in the wild and I never thought that I would either.

“As I scrolled through the images on the back of the camera, I paused and peered at the photograph below in incomprehension… a pair of eyes surrounded by inky darkness… a black leopard!

The leopards are even more difficult to capture than their spotty relatives. Pic: Will Burrard-Lucas

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The leopards are even more difficult to capture than their spotty relatives. Pic: Will Burrard-Lucas

“I couldn’t believe it and it took a few days before it sank in that I had achieved my dream.”

As the photographer was capturing stills of the animals, researchers from San Diego Zoo Global studying leopards in the area set up remote video cameras nearby.

Researchers believe the black leopard is the daughter of a normal female leopard she was seen following.

Leopards are largely nocturnal. Pic: Will Burrard-Lucas

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Leopards are largely nocturnal. Pic: Will Burrard-Lucas

Publishing their findings in the African Journal of Ecology, Nicholas Pilfold, from the San Diego team, said: “Collectively, these are the first confirmed images in nearly 100 years of black leopard in Africa, and the first in Kenya.”

Melanism was thought to be a way that leopards adapted to moving out of the dense forests where their spots camouflage them from predators or prey.

However, the sighting in the open, semi-arid habitat of Laikipia raises questions about that theory.

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Swastikas painted on Jewish graves in French cemetery

Swastikas and antisemitic slogans have been smeared on about 90 graves in a Jewish cemetery in France, local officials said.

The graffiti appeared in the cemetery in Quatzenheim, near Strasbourg, overnight on Tuesday – hours before planned nationwide marches against a rise in antisemitic attacks.

French president Emmanuel Macron visited the graveyard on Tuesday, walking through a gate with a swastika sprayed onto it.

He paid his respects at one of the desecrated graves and told Jewish community members and local leaders: “It’s important for me to be here with you today.”

Emmanuel Macron made a sombre visit to the cemetery in Quatzenheim near Strasbourg

Emmanuel Macron made a sombre visit to the cemetery in Quatzenheim near Strasbourg
Many French political leaders are due to join Tuesday evening’s march in Paris against antisemitism, although Mr Macron will not be there.

There were more than 500 antisemitic attacks across France in 2018, a 74% increase from 2017, figures released last week revealed.

After a series of antisemitic attacks last January Mr Macron urged the whole of France to “rise up” against “disgusting attacks” on the country’s Jewish community.

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Incidents in recent days included yellow vest protesters on Saturday abusing Alain Finkielkraut, a well-known Jewish writer and son of a Holocaust survivor.

Emmanuel Macron paid his respects at a gravestone daubed with a swastika

Emmanuel Macron paid his respects at a gravestone daubed with a swastika
With about 550,00 Jews living in France, the country has the largest Jewish community in Europe.

It has grown by about half since the Second World War, but antisemitic attacks remain common.

Earlier this month a bagel shop was sprayed with the word Juden – German for Jews – in yellow letters.

Swastikas were painted on about 90 gravestones

Swastikas were painted on about 90 gravestones
And artwork on two Paris post boxes with the image of Holocaust survivor and former magistrate Simone Veil on were defaced with swastikas.

A Jewish cemetery in Herrlisheim, north of Strasbourg, also had many of its gravestones daubed with swastikas in December last year.

In 2015 four Jews in a Kosher supermarket in Paris were among 17 killed across the city by Islamist militants.

Earlier this month mailboxes with Holocaust survivor and politician Simone Veil on were vandalised

Earlier this month mailboxes with Holocaust survivor and politician Simone Veil on were vandalised
In 2012 an Islamist gunman killed a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse.

“These acts are disgusting,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told parliament last week.

“We need to educate and remind people about our history, to talk about the horrors that hide behind those criminal acts.

“We also need to punish (more) and we know that we can’t be hesitant on that.”

Mr Macron will host a dinner on Wednesday with the head of Crif, the overarching body that represents the Jewish community in France.

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Nijar ta samu tallafi maganin malaria daga Amurka

Sauro ne ke haddasa cutar malaria

Hakkin mallakar hoto
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Gwamnatin Amurka ta tallafa wa jamhuriyar Nijar da magungunan zazzabin cizon sauro wato malaria na milyoyin CFA.

Tallafin dai ya hada da magungunan rigakafin zazzabin cizon sauro dama na magance cutar da zarar an kamu da ita.

Kazalika daga cikin tallafin da Amurkan ta ba wa Nijar, akwai gidajen sauro.

Amurka dai ta bayar da wannan taimako ne ga Nijar da zimmar rage yaduwar cutar ta malaria da akshi 50 cikin 100.

Wannan tallafi na Amurkan, na daga cikin wani tsari ne na kasar wajen tallafa wa kasashe masu tasowa.

Cutar zazzabin cizon sauro na daga cikin cututtukan da ke saurin kisan kananan yara da ma mata masu juna biyu a kasar.

Gwamnatin Nijar ta kasa yakin da take a kan yaduwar cutar zuwa gida uku da suka hada da neman tallafi da wadatar da al’ummar kasar da maganin rigakafin cutar da kuma tsaftace unguwanni.

Kasashen Afrika ne suka fi fama da cutar zazzabin cizon sauro, kuma yawancin wadanda ke mutuwa yara ne.

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Two dozen bodies recovered from flooded illegal Zimbabwe gold mine

The bodies of 24 illegal gold miners have been recovered from flooded tunnels in Zimbabwe after a dam wall collapsed following heavy rain.

Up to 70 may have been trapped in the mine and the search near Kadoma continues, the government said. It has declared a national disaster.

A relative of a deceased miner

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A relative of a deceased miner wears a mask near the mine
Eight people were rescued, all but one of whom have been discharged from hospital.

Henrietta Rushwaya, who leads the country’s small-scale miners’ association, said 23 of the bodies had been identified.

According to the government’s deputy chief mining engineer, “it doesn’t seem likely” that there are any other survivors.

Only eight of the estimated 70 trapped miners are thought to have survived

Only eight of the estimated 70 trapped miners are thought to have survived
The disaster happened in Battlefields – a small settlement 110 miles west of Harare that is rich in gold deposits and popular with illegal miners.

Friends and relatives have broken police lines in an attempt to identify their loved ones.

Surviving miners were exhausted and muddied after being pulled out

Surviving miners were exhausted and muddied after being pulled out
The makeshift shafts and tunnels, some running as deep as 50m (164ft), can easily collapse in the rainy season when the ground is soft.

According to the Zimbabwean government, $200,000 (£155,000) is needed to complete the rescue effort – with a spokesman urging “well-wishers” to donate body bags, masks and gloves.

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