Photo made on December 30, 2012 shows an elephant at the Amboseli game reserve, approximately 250 kilometres south of Kenyan capital Nairobi. Drawing to its close today, this year 2012, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, IFAW, stands out as the ''annus horriblis'' (Latin for 'year of horrors') for the World's largest land mammal with statistics standing at 34 tonnes of poached ivory having been seized, marking the biggest ever total of confiscated ivory in a single year, outstripping by almost 40 per cent last year’s record of 24.3 tonnes. Earlier this year, in just six weeks, between January and March 2012, at least 50 per cent of the elephants in Cameroon’s Bouba Ndjida National Park were slaughtered for their ivory by horseback bandits. Most illegal ivory is destined for Asia, in particular China, where it has soared in value as an investment vehicle and coveted as “white gold.” AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBA
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Maryam Rajavi, president of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), attends the Tolerant & Democratic Islam vs Fanaticism & Extremism Dinner In Paris on July 3, 2015 in Paris, France.
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A worker is perched on a Petrobras oil platform floating in the Atlantic Ocean near Guanabara Bay on July 3, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The state-owned oil company is embroiled in a massive corruption scandal and Federal Police arrested another former executive yesterday.
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People pay tribute at Adelaide Crows headquarters on July 4, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia. Adelaide Crows AFL coach Phil Walsh was found dead in his home Friday after allegedly being stabbed by his 26-year-old son.
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Sailors from Belgium depart after training in the polluted Guanabara Bay ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on July 3, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The bay will host the sailing events for the games but suffers from sewage and industrial pollution.
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Three year old Louisa Hill runs across the stage as Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a grassroots organizing event in College Park at Dartmouth College July 3, 2015 in Hanover, New Hampshire. Clinton is spending two days over the fourth of July in the first in the nation primary state.
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Pope Francis arrives in St Peter's Square for a meeting with members of the Renewal of the Holy Spirit, who have come to Rome for their 38th annual Convocation on July 3, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis emphasized the ecumenical dimension of the charismatic movement, rooting it in our common Baptism.