Uganda passes bill 'terrifying' to gays
Ugandan lawmakers on Friday passed an antigay bill that calls for life imprisonment for certain homosexual acts, drawing criticism from rights campaigners. The bill was passed unanimously by the parliament, with no one voicing an objection. Passage of the bill makes it "a truly terrifying day for human rights in Uganda," said Frank Mugisha, a prominent Ugandan gay activist. Homosexuality remains a taboo subject across many parts of Africa.
Barred owl being killed to save spotted owls
An experiment to see if killing invasive barred owls will help the threatened northern spotted owl reverse its decline toward extinction is under way in the forests of Northern California. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday it plans to kill as many as 118 barred owls. Barred owls migrated from the East in the 1950s and are a threat to spotted owl survival.