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An Afghan policeman keeps watch near the site of an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan Asian wildlife trafficking 'kingpin' arrested; Kabul hotel under attack
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  <p class="story-body__h1"><strong>Asian wildlife trafficking 'kingpin' arrested - </strong>Thai police arrested one of the world’s most notorious wildlife traffickers, allegedly involved in the smuggling thousands of tonnes of elephant tusks and rhino horns from Africa to Asia, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/20/thai-police-arrest-notorious-wildlife-trafficking-suspect">according to the <em>Guardian</em></a><em>. </em>Boonchai Bach, a 40-year-old Thai of Vietnamese origin, was detained in a town on the border with Laos, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42758184">the BBC reports</a>. He was named for the first time in this <a class="u-underline" href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/26/bach-brothers-elephant-ivory-asias-animal-trafficking-network" data-link-name="in body link">2016 Guardian investigation, </a>which exposed a Bach's dealings and a global trafficking in northern Thailand. Bach faces up to four years in jail for smuggling protected animal parts like rhino horns and elephant ivory. He was arrested for allegedly smuggling of 14 rhino horns, worth around US$1m, from Africa to Thailand.</p>
   <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>A major hotel in Kabul is under siege - </strong></span><a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42761881"><span style="font-weight: 400;">At least four gunmen </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">stormed the Kabul International Hotel, in Afghanistan. The state-owned hotel frequently caters to political leaders and foreigners. </span><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-attacks/gunmen-attack-kabuls-intercontinental-hotel-take-hostages-idUSKBN1F90W9"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Reuters reported</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that a suicide bomber may be involved in the attack. The number of casualties has not been reported yet. The Kabul International </span><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-attacks/gunmen-attack-kabuls-intercontinental-hotel-take-hostages-deaths-reported-idUSKBN1F90W9?il=0"><span style="font-weight: 400;">was attacked</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in 2011 by Taliban fighters, the militant group has yet to take credit for this incidence. </span></li>
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   <li><strong>An argument for government shutdowns -</strong> The <em><a href="http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/government-shutdowns-prove-america-is-the-greatest-country-on-earth/article/2646547">Washington Examiner</a></em>, a political conservative publication, argues that today's shutdown is a positive testament that American democracy is working. Fierce bipartisan factions is a reflection of politicians fearing their respective electorates.</li>
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   <li><span class="UFICommentActorAndBody"><span class="UFICommentBody">It is possible for people to change bureaucracy without litigation, just by using Wikipedia. <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/user/alistair-kelman/">Alistair Kelman</a> </span></span>did. Here the <em>WikiTribune</em> community member <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/01/19/humanrights/how-i-used-wikipedia-to-prove-my-wife-was-alive-and-change-bureaucracy/41541/#read">outlines how he used the online encyclopedia</a> to prove that his wife was alive and thus claim a small pension.</li>
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