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The Africa Report: 12 February

EWN's Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day's top African news

The wreck of the Algerian military aeroplane that crashed on Tuesday, killing 77 people. Picture: CNN.

US BANS COMMERCIAL IMPORT OF IVORY

The US has announced a ban on commercial trade of elephant ivory by prohibiting its import, export and resale within the United States, with a few exceptions.

Poaching has risen sharply in Africa in recent years and the outlawed ivory trade is mostly fuelled by demand in Asia and the Middle East, where elephant tusks and rhino horns are used in traditional medicine and to make ornaments.

The White House said in the statement that "this ban is the best way to help ensure that US markets do not contribute to the further decline of African elephants in the wild".

PRINCE WILLIAM SPEAKS OUT AGAINST POACHING

Ahead of the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade on Thursday, Britain's Prince Charles and Prince William released a video urging more global efforts to stop the illegal wildlife trade.

The Royals reinforced their plea by speaking in various languages. Prince Charles addressed audiences in Mandarin, Arabic and Spanish, while Prince William spoke Swahili and Vietnamese.

ONE SURVIVOR FROM ALGERIAN PLANE CRASH

An Algerian military plane carrying members of the Algerian army and their family members crashed into a mountain last night.

The plane was carrying 78 people and only one of the passengers survived the crash.

The crash is said to be the worst air disaster to hit Algeria in over 10 years.

Several of the victims were so badly burned that their bodies cannot be identified.

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced that the country would have three days of mourning.