Democratic Republic of Congo

Actor Ben Affleck, left, US Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Russ Feingold, center, and Secretary of State John Kerry make statements to reporters ahead of their meeting regarding the Democratic Republic of Congo, Feb. 26, 2014, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Affleck casts spotlight on situation in Congo

WASHINGTON (AP) — Academy award-winner Ben Affleck understands that celebrity is a double-edged sword, helping him draw attention to the strife and suffering in the Congo while attracting skeptics dismissive of Hollywood stars and causes. […]


A newborn Okapi calf, right, and its mother, named Baraka, in their compound at the zoo in Los Angeles, Oct. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Zoo, Tad Motoyama, File)

Congo’s ‘forest giraffe’ on brink of extinction

GENEVA (AP) — The International Union for Conservation of Nature says Congo’s national symbol, the okapi, is on the brink of extinction. The Switzerland-based group says the population of the okapi, also known as the […]


Primatologist Jane Goodall in a 2006 photo (AP Photo)

Microsoft billionaire donates to gorilla research

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is giving $1 million to the Jane Goodall Institute to study and protect gorillas in Africa, and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation says wildlife conservation projects in […]


Central Park

NYC to offer free phone-charging stations in parks

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a message busy New Yorkers hate to get: the low-battery message on your cellphone when there’s no charger in sight. Now that could be a thing of the past. New […]



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