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OTTAWA - A Canadian has been caught at the US-Canada border with 51 live turtles stuffed in his pants in what American authorities claimed was an elaborate reptile smuggling operation. Eastern Box Turtle. Credit: Getty Creative The scheme was uncovered last month but was only revealed this week in US federal court documents cited in a Friday report by the Toronto Globe and Mail. According to the newspaper, Canadian border officials arrested Kai Xu as he tried to cross into Windsor, Ontario from Detroit, Michigan, in August, and handed him over to US authorities. "Xu was found to have 51 live turtles taped to his person," a US Fish and Wildlife Service said in an affidavit cited by the...

COTONOU - Three men -- two Guineans and an Ivorian -- were in custody in Benin on Friday on suspicion of ivory trafficking, police in the financial hub of Cotonou said. Credit: Associated Press The trio were arrested in a hotel "as they tried to sell about 30 kilograms of ivory estimated at more than 10 million CFA (15,000 euros, $20,000)", said Benin Interpol head Marcellin Abbe. The arrests were the first against suspected ivory smugglers in Benin, said local police spokesman Adrien Tchomakou. "These people have been brought before the state prosecutor and received a committal order (for trial) on Thursday," he added. Trade in ivory was banned in 1989 under the Convention on...