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The Latest: Pope condemns illegal trade in ivory, diamonds

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) —

The latest on Pope Francis' first trip to Africa. (All times local.)


6:55 p.m.

Pope Francis, who has made the fight against human trafficking a major priority, is denouncing other forms of illegal trafficking during his first-ever visit to Africa.

In a speech Thursday to the regional U.N. headquarters, Francis said illegal trade in diamonds and other precious stones and metals, as well as the poaching of elephants for their ivory tusks "fuels political instability, organized crime and terrorism."

He said: "This situation is a cry rising up from humanity and the Earth itself, one which needs to be...