JOHANNESBURG | South African activists try to protect endangered pangolins

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As World Pangolin Day is marked around the globe, Saturday, some conservationists in South Africa are working to protect the endangered animals, including caring for a few that have been rescued from traffickers. The eighth annual pangolin day is celebrated to raise awareness about the shy, nocturnal scaly anteater, which some wildlife … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | South African activists try to protect endangered pangolins

KADOMA, Zimbabwe | 8 miners rescued in Zimbabwe; dozens more feared dead

KADOMA, Zimbabwe (AP) — Eight artisanal miners who were trapped underground for several days after heavy flooding in Zimbabwe have been rescued, though dozens of their co-workers are still missing and feared dead. Rescuers on Saturday pulled the exhausted, muddied survivors from the ground and took them to a tent for medical treatment. Relatives waiting … Continue reading KADOMA, Zimbabwe | 8 miners rescued in Zimbabwe; dozens more feared dead

YOLA, Nigeria | Nigeria’s candidates blame each other in surprise vote delay

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s top candidates on Saturday condemned the last-minute decision to delay the presidential election for a week until Feb. 23, blaming each other but appealing to Africa’s largest democracy for calm. The decision, announced just five hours before polls were to open, is a costly one. Authorities now must decide what … Continue reading YOLA, Nigeria | Nigeria’s candidates blame each other in surprise vote delay

BERLIN | High-speed train in Germany evacuated after pistol is found

BERLIN (AP) — German police say hundreds of passengers have been taken off a high-speed train at the Frankfurt airport station after a pistol was found in a toilet on board. The train, which was traveling from Dortmund to Munich, was stopped at the station and evacuated on Saturday after a cleaner found the weapon. … Continue reading BERLIN | High-speed train in Germany evacuated after pistol is found

BEIRUT | Hezbollah denies US charges it has cells in Venezuela

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group has denied U.S. assertions that it has cells in Venezuela saying the Latin American nation “does not need them.” Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech Saturday that his Iran-backed group is in “solidarity with the political leadership and state of Venezuela against the American aggression.” … Continue reading BEIRUT | Hezbollah denies US charges it has cells in Venezuela

SKOPJE, North Macedonia | North Macedonia police break up migrant smugglers ring

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they’ve broken up a criminal ring of migrant smugglers and filed charges against 21 people, including a police officer, for illegal trafficking. Police said Saturday they raided 20 locations in four cities, including the capital, Skopje, detained 17 people and seized several cellphones, weapons and … Continue reading SKOPJE, North Macedonia | North Macedonia police break up migrant smugglers ring

JOHANNESBURG | Danish woman nominated to head UN Environment Program

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he intends to appoint Inger Andersen of Denmark as the new Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program, which is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Guterres made the announcement in a statement issued by his office. Ms. Andersen is currently serving as Director General of the International … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Danish woman nominated to head UN Environment Program