1. Choking marine life A dead sperm whale that washed ashore in Indonesia this week had 6kg of plastic in its stomach, including 115 drinking cups, four bottles, 25 bags and two flip-flops, reports the BBC. "Though we have not been able to deduce the cause of death, the facts we see are truly awful," said Dwi Suprapti of WWF Indonesia. In June, a pilot whale died off southern Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags. A report this year warned that the amount of plastic in the ocean could triple in a decade unless litter is curbed. 2. Amba Land scramble The conflict between Anglophone separatists and government forces in Francophone Cameroon has claimed more than 400 lives since October 1 2017, when the English-speaking south-and northwestern regions declared the independence of a country they call Ambazonia. The split dates back to the end of World War 1 in 1918, when the League of Nations divided the former German colony of Kamerun between the French and British victors. Leaders o...

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