Christopher Torchia

  • Chairman Sep 6, 2019

    Robert Mugabe, Longtime Zimbabwe Leader, Dies at 95

    Former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, an ex-guerrilla chief who took power when the African country shook off white minority rule and presided for decades while economic turmoil and human rights violations eroded its early promise, has died in Singapore. He was 95. Mugabe enjoyed strong support from Zimbabwe’s people soon after he became the first post-colonial leader of what had...

  • Donald Trump Aug 29, 2019

    Bolsonaro Says Amazon Nations Should Decide Region's Future

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday that Latin America’s Amazon countries will meet in September to discuss both protecting and developing the rainforest region, which has been hit by weeks of devastating fires. The Brazilian leader also escalated a deeply personal dispute with French President Emmanuel Macron, accusing him of portraying himself as “the one and only person” concerned about...

  • Donald Trump Aug 24, 2019

    Bolsonaro to Send Army to Fight Huge Fires in the Amazon

    Under international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of Brazil’s Amazon, President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized use of the military to battle the huge blazes while thousands took to the streets to protest his environmental policies. Brazilian forces will deploy starting Saturday to border areas, indigenous territories and other affected regions in the Amazon to assist in putting out...

  • Donald Trump May 6, 2019

    Venezuelans Hold Vigil for Those Killed in Street Clashes

    Led by Roman Catholic priests in white robes, several hundred Venezuelans said prayers Sunday at a candle-lit vigil for at least five people killed in street clashes following a failed opposition call for a military uprising. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó was unable to attend because of meetings, a representative told the crowd at the vigil. He did not elaborate, though...

  • OFFICER May 5, 2019

    Cause of Venezuelan Chopper Crash Is Under Investigation

    Venezuelan authorities are investigating the cause of a helicopter crash that killed seven military officers while they were while heading to a state where President Nicolás Maduro was visiting troops. The crash of the Cougar helicopter on the southeastern outskirts of Caracas on Saturday followed days of upheaval during which opposition leader Juan Guaidó called in vain for a military...

  • food Apr 17, 2019

    First Red Cross Aid Distributed in Crisis-Torn Venezuela

    Red Cross volunteers distributed the first shipment of badly needed emergency supplies in Venezuela on Tuesday after months of feuding between the government, which has denied the existence of a humanitarian crisis, and opponents who have been seeking to use the delivery of aid to force President Nicolás Maduro from power. In the working class neighborhood of Catia near downtown...

  • food Mar 30, 2019

    Red Cross Ready to Aid Venezuela, Warns Against Politics

    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Friday that it is poised to deliver aid to Venezuela, warning that it will not accept any interference from President Nicolas Maduro or opposition leader Juan Guaido. Federation president Francesco Rocca said at a news conference in the capital of Caracas that the humanitarian network can start distributing assistance...

  • Donald Trump Mar 28, 2019

    Venezuelans Search for Water as New Blackouts Hit Nationwide

    More power outages hit Venezuela on Wednesday after the nation’s worst blackouts earlier this month, knocking out water pumps and forcing some Caracas residents to spend hours searching for bottled water in the few shops that were open or to fill up containers at springs in the city’s hills. Frustrated Venezuelans wondered how long they would have to endure the...

  • United States Mar 9, 2019

    As Blackout Eases, Venezuela Braces for Rival Rallies

    Venezuelan opposition protesters on Saturday confronted security forces on a main avenue in Caracas, venting their anger over a nationwide blackout, shortages of basic necessities and the government of President Nicolas Maduro. Demonstrators on Avenida Victoria in the Venezuelan capital pushed against the shields of riot police, who later withdrew from the area. Security forces have deployed in large numbers...

  • food Mar 8, 2019

    Venezuela Buckles Under Massive Power, Communications Outage

    Venezuela’s worst power and communications outage on Friday deepened a sense of isolation and decay, endangering hospital patients, forcing schools and businesses to close and cutting people off from their families, friends and the outside world. While electricity returned to some parts of Caracas nearly 24 hours after lights, phones and the internet stopped working, the blackout was another harsh...

  • Associated Press Aug 3, 2018

    Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Says Vote Was Stolen by Mnangagwa

    Zimbabwe’s opposition leader forcefully rejected the election win of President Emmerson Mnangagwa as fraudulent, a vote “stolen from the people.” Zimbabwe’s closely-watched elections began with Monday’s peaceful vote but turned deadly 48 hours later when the military fired on protesters and six people were killed. Friday morning three truckloads of police, with shields and batons, tried to disperse about 100...

  • Associated Press Aug 3, 2018

    Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa Wins 1st Post-Mugabe Election

    Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa won election Friday with just over 50 percent of the ballots as the ruling party maintained control of the government in the first vote since the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa received 50.8 percent of the vote while main opposition challenger Nelson Chamisa received 44.3 percent. The opposition is almost certain to challenge the...

  • President Jul 30, 2018

    Zimbabwe Votes for First Time Without Mugabe on Ballot

    Zimbabweans on Monday were voting peacefully in their first election without Robert Mugabe on the ballot, a contest that could bring international legitimacy and investment or signal more stagnation if the vote is seriously flawed. About 5.5 million people were registered to vote in this southern African nation anxious for change after economic and political paralysis during the nearly four-decade...

  • Donald Trump Jul 18, 2018

    South Africa, Barack Obama Mark Nelson Mandela Centennial With Charity

    South Africans along with former U.S. President Barack Obama were marking the centennial of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s birth on Wednesday with acts of charity in a country still struggling with deep economic inequality 24 years after the end of white minority rule. Obama met with young leaders from around Africa to mark the anniversary, a day after he delivered...

  • China Mar 20, 2018

    World's Last Male Northern White Rhino, Sudan, Dies

    The world’s last male northern white rhino, Sudan, has died after “age-related complications,” researchers announced Tuesday, saying he “stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength.” A statement from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya said the 45-year-old rhino was euthanized on Monday after his condition “worsened significantly” and he was no longer able to stand. His muscles...

  • China Mar 19, 2018

    Health of World's Last Male Northern White Rhino in Decline

    The health of the world’s last male northern white rhino has deteriorated, bringing the rhino subspecies a step closer to extinction caused by poaching. The 45-year-old rhino named Sudan, listed as “The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World” on the Tinder dating app last year as a fundraiser, lives with the last two female northern white rhinos. Kenya’s Ol Pejeta...

  • NBC Mar 19, 2018

    Cyril Ramaphosa Sworn in as South Africa's New President

    Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday was sworn in as South Africa’s new president after the resignation of Jacob Zuma, whose scandals brought the storied African National Congress to its weakest point since taking power at the end of apartheid. “I will try very hard not to disappoint the people of South Africa,” Ramaphosa said in ending his speech to parliament shortly...

  • China Mar 6, 2018

    ‘A Race Against Time': Scientists Hope to Save Northern White Rhino From Extinction

    As the health of the world’s last male northern white rhino declines in Kenya, a global team of scientists and conservationists is pushing ahead with an ambitious effort to save the subspecies from extinction with the help of the two surviving females. Participants in the project to create northern white rhino embryos through in vitro fertilization say its success depends...

  • California Jan 10, 2018

    African Elephant, Hippo, Rhino Populations Shrink in Wartime

    War is hell for wildlife, too. A new study finds that wartime is the biggest threat to Africa’s elephants, rhinos, hippos and other large animals. The researchers analyzed how decades of conflict in Africa have affected populations of large animals. More than 70 percent of Africa’s protected wildlife areas fell inside a war zone at some point since 1946, many...

  • President Nov 24, 2017

    Cheering Zimbabweans Greet Country's New Leader Mnangagwa

    Exuberant Zimbabweans greeted the swearing-in Friday of new President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who takes power after an extraordinary series of events that ousted the world’s oldest head of state. Mnangagwa, fired earlier this month as vice president, will lead after the resignation of 93-year-old Robert Mugabe, who succumbed to pressure to quit from the military, the ruling party and massive demonstrations...

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