The 13-year-old lion was not only a tourist favorite, but also, a research animal. The beloved lion was being studied by the Oxford University Conservation Unit.
After more than nine months of deadlocked negotiations, Iraq finally has a new government. Among those included, are a significant number of the followers of Moqtada al-Sadr, the fiercely anti-American Shiite cleric.
Though both sides deny there was a deal, members of al-Sadr’s feared Mehdi Army militia have been released from jail in recent months, bringing back bad memories of sectarian violence, and spreading fear on the streets of Baghdad. The BBC’s Gabriel Gatehouse reports.