Elephants starve in Zimbabwe - Authorities in Zimbabwe say at least 200 elephants have starved to death due to a lack of food and water. Those resources are scarce because of a drought in the country. Last month alone, 55 elephants died. Zimbabwe plans to move 600 elephants to other national parks. Giants, lions, buffaloes and antelopes will also be moved.
Arrests made in Uganda gay bar - Police in Uganda arrested 120 people at a bar in Uganda for frequenting a smoking place. Police say they confiscated narcotics during the arrests. Last month, 16 men were arrested over allegedly committing unnatural sex offenses. Uganda has denied it plans to introduce new legislation to target the LGBT community.
Hong Kong protests turn deadly - At least two people are in critical condition as protests in Hong Kong took another violent turn. Three people have been killed since the protests began 24 weeks ago. Recently, a pro-Beijing supporter was hit with flammable liquid and set on fire after arguing with protestors. The protests started against a plan to allow extradition to China.
Australian man jailed in Vietnam - Chau Van Kham, a 70-year old Australian citizen, has been sent to prison for 12 years on charges of terrorism. He belongs to a human rights group called Viet Tan, a group the Vietnam government considers to be a terrorist organization. Chau Van Kham is accused of recruiting members to the group as well as raising funds for it.
Russian historian accused of murder - Oleg Sokolov, was found drunk with a woman’s arms in his backpack. Those arms belonged to 24-year old Anastasia Yeshchenko, who had been living with Sokolov. He will be in pre-trial custody for two months. Sokolov cried in court saying “I repent.” He admitted to shooting Yeshchenko four times and chopping up her body.
Cocaine washed up onto French beaches - At least 1,654 pounds of cocaine have washed up in plastic packages along France’s Atlantic coast this month. Authorities have been forced to shutdown a handful of beaches, and people have been told to not touch the drugs. The cocaine is estimated to be worth as much as $66 million.
Bolivia president steps down - Former Bolivia President Evo Morales has resigned from his position after the head of the army called for him to leave his position. Morales, the country’s first indigenous leader, said he was the victim of a civic coup. Other countries, including Mexico, agreed with Morales’ claim. It is unclear who is in charge of the country now, but deputy leader of the Senate Jeanine Anez said she would assume power in the meantime.
Mexican mammoths found - In Tultepec, an area north of Mexico City, at least 14 woolly mammoth skeletons were discovered in traps built by humans nearly 15,000 years ago. They are the first mammoth traps to be discovered. The discovery could impact the understanding of how early humans hunted the animals.
Neil Young citizenship put on hold - Neil Young, a Canadian-born rock star, is trying to obtain dual citizenship in the United States. However, he says that hope has been put on delay because he smokes marijuana. Young said he passed a citizenship test, but he was told he has to take another one to prove moral character. Young has lived in the United States since the 1960s.
Former U.S. ambassador to the UN speaks out - Nikki Haley, who served as the U.S. ambassador to the UN, said two White House officials told her to undermine President Donald Trump. She says former Chief of Staff John Kelly and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told her to resist some of Trump’s orders. The two told her they were trying to save the country.