National Geographic's famed 'girl' denies getting fake ID
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) ? A Pakistani prosecutor says National Geographic's famed green-eyed 'Afghan Girl' has made her first appearance before a court, insisting she did not fraudulently obtain Pakistani nationality.
South Africa reports first Tomato Leaf Miner outbreak
South Africa has detected its first outbreak of Tomato Leaf Miner, a pest originally from South America which can ruin tomato and potato crops, the department of agriculture said on Friday. The highly destructive insect feeds on leaves, stems and fruits of plants and can cause widespread crop infection. "This pest is disastrous particularly for tomato production and food security in general," the agriculture department said in a statement.
Venezuelan opposition strike patchy amid government threats
By Brian Ellsworth and Anggy Polanco CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL (Reuters) - Venezuela's streets were quieter than usual on Friday, but a strike called by the opposition drew patchy participation after the socialist government threatened to seize businesses that closed. "The strike is a good pressure tactic ... but if I don't work, I don't eat," said insurance agent Adolfo Diaz, 38, trying to reach work despite fewer buses in the western city of San Cristobal where sentiment is strong against President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela's opposition Democratic Unity coalition called for a 12-hour shutdown as part of escalating protests after authorities scuttled its push for a referendum to recall the OPEC nation's unpopular socialist leader.
UN: IS using tens of thousands as 'human shields' in Mosul
QAYARA AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) ? The Islamic State group appears to be using tens of thousands of people as "human shields" in and around Mosul, where Iraqi forces are waging a large-scale offensive aimed at retaking the country's second largest city, the U.N. human rights office said Friday.
Army says 2-star general committed suicideWASHINGTON (AP) ? The Army says the death of a two-star general on a military base in Alabama has been ruled a suicide.
More migrants pitch tents on Paris streets as Calais camp shutsBy Ingrid Melander PARIS (Reuters) - The number of migrants sleeping rough on the streets of Paris has risen by at least a third since the start of the week when the "Jungle" shanty town in Calais was evacuated, officials said. Along the bustling boulevards and a canal in a northeastern corner of Paris, hundreds of tents have been pitched by migrants - mostly Africans who say they are from Sudan - with cardboard on the ground to try and insulate them from the cold. While the presence of migrants there is not new, it has grown substantially this week, Colombe Brossel, Paris deputy mayor in charge of security issues, told Reuters.
Upstart Pirate Party senses victory in Iceland elections
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) ? The past few years have been stormy for Iceland, a country threatened by volcanoes and brought low by bankers. Now, Icelanders are thinking of putting their trust in pirates.
Jennifer Lopez set for NBC's 'Bye Bye Birdie Live!' in 2017NEW YORK (AP) ? Say hello to Jennifer Lopez in NBC's forthcoming "Bye Bye Birdie."
Zimbabwe dam levels at record lows after drought
Zimbabwe's dam levels have fallen to 42 percent following a devastating drought that has left millions in need of food aid and local councils rationing water, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Friday. An El Nino weather pattern, which ended in May, triggered drought conditions across the southern African region that hit the staple, maize, and other crops and dented economic growth. Mnangagwa said the last time Zimbabwe experienced such a severe drought was in 1992, adding that the biggest dam in the south of the country was only 9 percent full.
Uber drivers in UK should get paid vacation, tribunal saysLONDON (AP) ? Uber drivers in Britain should get paid vacation days and guaranteed minimum wage, a tribunal said Friday in a ruling that the company will appeal.