When the last male northern white rhinoceros, Sudan, died earlier this year, scientists imagined it would be just a matter of time before the species went entirely extinct. That was before a breakthrough in rhino IVF by Professor Thomas Hildebrandt at Berlin's Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, reports the BBC. Using the sperm from two dead male white rhinos and carefully extracted eggs from a living female, scientists were able to fuse the two into viable embryos.
While a successful transfer of embryos into a surrogate rhino has never been done, "everyone believed there was no hope for this sub-species," Hildebrandt said. "But with our knowledge now, we are very confident that this will work with northern white rhino eggs and that we will be able to produce a viable population." Jeva Lange
The Taliban on Saturday agreed to a three-day ceasefire with local forces in Afghanistan, its first such agreement since 2001. The ceasefire is scheduled to honor the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which in Afghanistan will be held this coming week. Foreign troops will be excluded from the deal, and the Taliban said its fighters will defend themselves if attacked.
The announcement came several days after the Afghan government announced a unilateral ceasefire for the holiday. Government forces will continue fighting other militant groups active in their country, like the Islamic State.
"Hope the pleasure of shedding no Afghan blood in Eid becomes so overwhelming that rest of year is also declared as Afghan Eid," said Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal. The Afghan government, with U.S. support, has been making overtures to the Taliban for peace talks this spring. Bonnie Kristian
Gun violence in Chicago has decreased for 13 months straight, newly published data from the Chicago Police Department (CPD) reveals. There were 17 percent fewer shootings in March 2018 than March 2017, and murders are down 25 percent over the same period. Overall crime is down 15 percent.
"The progress we have seen in the first quarter of the year is a direct result of the hard work of our officers and the investments we have made to make CPD a better agency for everyone," said CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson.
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reassured Americans that President Trump did not actually declare war on North Korea via tweet.
Sanders' statement ran contrary to claims made earlier in the day by North Korea's foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho. Ri claimed Pyongyang now has the right to shoot down U.S. bombers in international airspace after Trump said Saturday that North Korea "won't be around much longer" if it keeps intimidating America.
"We've not declared war on North Korea," Sanders said. "And frankly the suggestion of that is absurd."
She went on to add: "It is never appropriate for a country to shoot down another country's aircraft when it's over international waters. Our goal is still the same. We continue to seek the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. That's our focus." Watch below. Jeva Lange
North Korea said one of Trump's tweets was a declaration of war, but the White House says that's "absurd." pic.twitter.com/xjyljfhrHn
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