Conference on rape ends on high note
A conference in London focusing on rape in conflict zones ended on an upbeat note Friday, with hundreds of participants from Somalia to Kosovo encouraged by an outpouring of international support. "We will not tolerate rape as a tactic of war and intimidation," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told participants. Activists, diplomats and rape survivors left the four-day summit, co-hosted by actor and U.N. special envoy Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague, thinking they had made progress in better prosecuting offenders and protecting victims. Organizers said 155 countries signed a declaration of commitment to end sexual violence in conflict and many, including the United States and Britain, pledged funds to support the cause.
Rhino calf's father identified by zoo
The Cincinnati Zoo said a female Indian rhino calf born recently in New York was produced by artificial insemination using sperm from a now-dead Cincinnati rhino. Zoo officials called the calf born June 5 at the Buffalo Zoo a victory for endangered species. The father was named Jimmy and died at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2004. His sperm was frozen, stored and later taken to Buffalo. Officials said the calf weighed 144 pounds at birth. The calf's 17-year-old mother is named Tashi. She previously conceived and gave birth through natural breeding in 2004 and 2008. But her mate died. The officials said there are 59 Indian rhinos in captivity in North America and about 2,500 in the wild.
Pope claims no World Cup favorite
Pope Francis recently renewed his Argentine passport and remains a card-carrying member of his favorite Buenos Aires football club. But Francis has pledged absolute neutrality for the World Cup. He recalled during an interview published Friday with the newspaper La Vanguardia of Barcelona, Spain, that Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff had asked him during a February visit to the Vatican to be neutral. Laughing, Francis said: "I'll keep my word because Brazil and Argentina are always opponents."