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US airlines ban transport of trophy kill animals

Three US airlines have banned the transport of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino or buffalo killed by trophy hunters.

Dr Jan Seski poses next to a dead elephant. Credit: hornsafricasafaris.com

It comes after the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by US dentist Walter Palmer last month sparked outrage around the world.

Since then at least two other 'trophy hunters' - Americans Dr Jan Seski and Sabrina Corgatelli - have been named online.

American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines have now refused to transport animals known as the "big five" in Africa as they are the hardest to kill on foot.

Zimbabwe has called for the extradition of Palmer after two Zimbabweans were charged over the illegal hunt.

The 13-year-old lion was a protected animal and was fitted with a GPS collar as part of an Oxford University study which the poachers tried to destroy.

RBS: Sale reflects progress we are making

The chief executive of RBS has said the Government's sale of shares in the bank reflects the progress it is making.

Ross McEwan said: "I'm pleased the Government has started to sell down its stake.

"It's an important moment and reflects the progress we are making to become a stronger, simpler and fairer bank.

"There is more work to be done but we're determined to build a bank the country can be proud of."

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George Osborne hails sale of 5.4% stake in RBS

Chancellor George Osborne has hailed the sale of a 5.4% stake in RBS as "an important first step in returning the bank to private ownership."

George Osborne Credit: PA

He said it was right to start selling the stake at a loss to the price paid for the shares in 2008.

"While the easiest thing to do would be to duck the difficult decisions and leave RBS in state hands, the right thing to do for the economy and for taxpayers is to start selling off our stake, he said.

"Now is the time for RBS to rebuild itself as a commercial bank, no longer reliant on the state, but serving the working people of Britain," he added.

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