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Obama endorses removing Cuba from terrorism list

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WASHINGTON —

US President Barack Obama asked Congress his aim to remove Cuba from the rundown of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House said.

In a message to Congress on Tuesday, Obama confirms that the Cuban government “has not gave any backing to international terrorism” over the past six months and it has given confirmation that it won’t support terrorist acts later on, Xinhua reported.

Obama and his Cuban partner Raul Castro announced in December a thaw in relations following more than five decades of enmity. Obama had informed Secretary of State John Kerry to review Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.
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“After a careful audit of Cuba’s record, which was informed by the intelligence community, and in addition confirmations gave by the Cuban government, the Secretary of State concluded that Cuba met the conditions for rescinding its designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism,” the White House said in a statement.

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26 rhinos die in a year in CNP

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CHITWAN — Chitwan National Park (CNP) witnessed zero poaching of endangered one-horned rhinoceros in the fiscal year 2074/75. But the death of the rhinos by natural causes has increased recently, as the park has lost a total of 26 rhinos to various causes in this period.

26 rhinos died from various reasons including natural disaster in the period, according to the CNP information officer, Nurendra Aryal.

Four rhinos were killed in flood-related incidents with two caught in a marsh caused by the flooding while two were swept away by flood waters, he informed.

Fighting, delivery complications (in case of some female rhinos) and aging are other reasons behind the deaths of a noticeable number of this endangered wildlife last fiscal year. Three female rhinos succumbed to child delivery complications in this period. They died after failing to give birth to their babies.

The park however has recorded no case of rhino poaching since April 8, 2017.However, the number of rhino deaths due to other reasons was slightly up in the year compared to the previous year, according to the CNP Information Officer Aryal.

This figure is followed by 25 and 15 rhino deaths in previous two fiscal years respectively.

The natural causes led to the death of 24 rhinos in the fiscal year 2073/74 and 15 in 2072/73.

The need of a study was felt to seek potential ways for minimising the death risk among rhinos with their death toll increasing every year, CNP chief conservation officer, Bed Kumar Dhakal said. A squad from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation has already begun a study to this end.

The CNP latest details mentioned about 605 rhinos here.

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