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‘Environmental tragedy’ as Canary Islands fire burns out of control, forces thousands to flee

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

Flames and smoke from a forest fire are seen in the village of Guia, in the Canary Island of Gran Canaria, Spain, Monday. | REUTERS

A fire raged out of control on the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria on Monday, forcing evacuations as flames rose so high even water-dropping ...

Ebola kills boy aged 7 in Congo’s South Kivu, the province’s second fatality

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

Health workers wearing protective gear check on a patient isolated in a plastic cube at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, Congo, in July. Congo's year-long Ebola outbreak has spread to a new province, with two cases, including one death, confirmed in South Kivu, according to the government health ministry. | AP

South Kivu, CongoAFP-Jiji A child has died from Ebola in Congo’s South Kivu, health authorities said Monday, the second person to succumb to the virus ...

Ohio man, 20, pleads not guilty in Jewish center video threat

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

This undated photo provided by the Mahoning County Sheriff's Office shows James Reardon Jr. Police say Reardon, accused of making what they believe was a threat to a Jewish center in Ohio on Instagram, was arrested Saturday on telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing charges. | MAHONING COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE / VIA AP

A 20-year-old man pleaded not guilty Monday to threatening a Jewish community center in a video that authorities say showed him shooting a semi-automatic rifle.A ...

Akihito Yamada still hopes for a spot on Rugby World Cup team

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

Brave Blossoms wing Akihito Yamada is tackled by England's fly-half Owen Farrell (top) during last year's test in London. | AFP-JIJI

Yamada, 34, who started his nation’s shock victory over South Africa at the tournament four years ago, signed for the Top 14 outfit in August ...

Planned Parenthood to leave U.S. federal program rather than follow ban on abortion referrals

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

A Planned Parenthood clinic is seen in St. Louis. The CEO of the organization said its health centers will remain open and will strive to make up for the loss of federal money. | AP

Planned Parenthood said Monday it is pulling out of the federal family planning program rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics ...

Migrants jump off rescue boat to try in vain to reach Italian island

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

A still image taken from video shows migrants attempting to swim ashore after jumping off the Spanish rescue ship Open Arms off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy, Sunday. | OPEN ARMS / HANDOUT / REUTERS TV / VIA REUTERS

Several migrants jumped into the sea from a Spanish rescue boat Sunday in a thwarted bid to reach shore in Italy, where the government’s hard-line ...

Chad declares emergency in east after dozens die in ethnic violence

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

Farmers shelter under a mango tree to avoid the heat and sun on the road between Adre and Farchana in the eastern Chad region of Ouaddaï in March. Chad President Idriss Deby on Sunday declared a state of emergency in two eastern provinces after violent intercommunal clashes left dozens dead earlier this month. | AFP-JIJI

Chad President Idriss Deby declared a state of emergency in two eastern provinces on Sunday after violent intercommunal clashes left dozens dead earlier this month.The ...

Bernie Sanders’ criminal justice plan aims to cut inmate population, end private prisons

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders meets with a supporter following a town hall on Sunday in Columbia, South Carolina. | AP

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation’s prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ...

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species, and curbs

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

A family of elephants walks through the Mara River in the Mara basin in southwest Kenya in 2017. Dozens of European parliamentarians and conservation groups called Sunday on the regulator of global wildlife trade to ban all trophy hunting of rhinos, elephants and other endangered animals. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) bans all commercial trade in more than 1,000 species of animals and plants considered to be endangered, listed under its so-called Appendix I. | AFP-JIJI

From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind’s exploitation of the planet’s fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk ...

Unveiling of Sudan’s sovereign council delayed

via The Japan Times    Aug 19, 2019

Sudanese children on Saturday wave small national flags as people celebrate outside the Friendship Hall in Khartoum, where generals and protest leaders signed a historic transitional constitution meant to pave the way for civilian rule in the country. | AFP-JIJI

Sudan was expected to form its sovereign council Sunday, the first step after the landmark adoption of a transitional constitution, but the day closed with ...

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