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UN experts: Rights abuses continue in Maduro's Venezuela

Sep. 20, 2022 16:56 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Independent experts working with the U.N.’s top human rights body say Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro personally ordered the detention of government opponents and critics who ended up suffering electric shocks, beatings, asphyxiation and other cruel acts while in...

3 dead after 7.6 quake hits remote part of Papua New Guinea

Sep. 11, 2022 02:32 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — At least three people are dead after a powerful earthquake hit a remote part of Papua New Guinea Sunday morning, authorities say. Others were injured and infrastructure damaged in the magnitude 7.6 jolt that was felt across the Pacific country. The...

Crucial illegal road threatens Amazon rainforest

Aug. 24, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

An illegal dirt road ripping through protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon is now just a few miles shy of connecting two of the worst areas of deforestation in the region, according to satellite images and accounts from people familiar with the area. If the road is completed it will turn a large...

Nigeria's Osun River: Sacred, revered and increasingly toxic

Aug. 19, 2022 00:10 AM EDT

OSOGBO, Nigeria (AP) — Yeyerisa Abimbola has dedicated most of her 58 years on Earth to the Osun, a waterway in deeply religious Nigeria named for the river goddess of fertility. As the deity’s chief priestess, she leads other women known as servants of Osun in daily worship and sacrificial...

Brazil govt. removes environment chief in possible reprisal

Aug. 18, 2022 17:53 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The administration of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has removed a top environmental official in a potential act of retribution, just days after he appeared in a report on illegal gold mining in the Amazon rainforest for the Brazilian television station Globo. ...

Little talk of rainforest protection in the Brazilian Amazon

Aug. 17, 2022 08:05 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In the Brazilian Amazon these days, it's nearly impossible to run for office talking up the environment. More common is a scene like this: A candidate for Congress parades a helicopter — the symbol of illegal gold mining — painted with the Brazilian flag,...

South Africa to charge 14 miners with the rapes of 8 women

Aug. 10, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African prosecutors have charged seven self-employed miners with the rapes of eight women nearly two weeks ago in Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg. Seven more men are to be charged with the rapes on Thursday, officials said. The rapes of...

80 men in South African court on charges of raping 8 women

Aug. 01, 2022 09:13 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — More than 80 men suspected of the gang rapes of eight women and the armed robbery of a video production crew in the South African town of Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg, appeared in court on Monday. The men were arrested at an abandoned mining site following...

Japan's push for UNESCO to list divisive gold mine delayed

Jul. 28, 2022 06:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's push to obtain UNESCO World Heritage recognition for a former gold mine key to the nation's industrialization will be delayed because its application was insufficient, officials said Thursday. The efforts to obtain a UNESCO listing for the Sado Island mine were...

Zimbabwe debuts gold coins as legal tender to stem inflation

Jul. 25, 2022 10:18 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has launched gold coins to be sold to the public in a bid to tame runaway inflation that has further eroded the country’s unstable currency. The unprecedented move was announced Monday by the country's central bank, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe,...