Poachers slaughtered 86 African Elephants in less than a week, hacking off their tusks for the illegal ivory trade.  33 of the animals were pregnant females.

This happened in southwest Chad, where just 30 years ago as many as 150,000 elephants roamed the area were Chad, Cameroon, and the Central African Republic meet. 

The power is back on at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Reactor in northern Japan.  The power to the cooling system on three nuclear waste pools had shut down Monday evening.

A horror story in the middle of America:  A dog goes out to roam and brings back the lifeless body of a newborn baby to its owner.

On the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Dozens of people have been killed in a coordinated series of bomb blasts during the morning rush hour.  The blasts occurred in predominantly Shia areas in and around Baghdad.

The Pentagon says seven 7 U.S. Marines were killed when a 60mm mortar shell exploded at an ammunition storage facility in Nevada.

One Hungarian minister is apologizing after the ultra-right government awarded prestigious state prizes to three known racists and antisemites, including a TV host who frequently engages in hate speech and slurs against Jews and Roma.

A British woman injured her leg jumping off of a hotel balcony to escape allegedly sexual harassment in the Indian tourist city Agra.

The U.K. is airlifting cash to help skint personnel on Cyprus;  Pope Francis officially begins his gig at the Vatican;  And a alternative music icon probably alienated what’s left of her fan base forever.

The EU is now calling for changes to a deal that angered an entire island;  Australia and the U.S. close in on an alternative energy deal;  and the Cat that launched a thousand memes is cashing in.

Health officials are urging Aussies to consider getting vaccinated against a new strain go H1N1 swine flu going around.  The new variant is resistant to Tamiflu, one of the most used treatments for influenza.

A coalition of Syrian opposition groups has chosen a new provisional Prime Minister who they will consider to be “in charge” of rebel-held territories.  He is Ghassen Hitto, a telecom executive who spent most of his life in America.

The United Nations is beginning two weeks of talks over the international trade in illegal conventional weapons.  The last round of talks were scuttled by the U.S. and Russia, the world’s largest arms exporters.

India’s supreme court is indefinitely extending the order preventing the Italian ambassador from leaving the country.  It’s the latest step in a diplomatic row testing the Vienna Convention concept of “Diplomatic Immunity”.

Police in Quebec, Canada now have both fugitives back in custody, after a brazen prison break in which a hijacked helicopter picked them up from the yard and flew them away.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is endorsing Marriage Equality rights for gays and lesbians.  She’s widely expected to run for President in 2016.

An Aburame fish (Fat Greenling) caught near the water intake for the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan is rewriting all records for radioactivity in a fish

The first female mayor of Lima, Peru has survived a referendum to throw her out of office.  Mayor Susana Villarán got support from 52 percent of the city’s voters.

A private jet apparently had mechanical trouble on approach to the airport in South Bend, Indiana and crashed into a row of houses.  At least two people aboard the plane are dead and rescuers can’t find one resident.

Police in Quebec, Canada have one inmate back in custody after a brazen daylight prison break in a helicopter.  Another inmate is still at large.

Ten patients in Dandenong Hospital’s intensive care unit got more than they wanted in the facility, they were infected with what’s being called a “nightmare” drug-resistant “superbug”.

China’s transition of power is complete, and new President Xi Jinping is indicating that good relations and good business is going to take precedence in his decade at the helm.