More than 20 years after drug lord Pablo Escobar died in a gunfight with police, a strange legacy survives him: his pet hippos. Escobar bought four hippos from a zoo in California and flew them to his ranch in the early 1980s. Left to themselves on his Napoles Estate, they bred to become supposedly the biggest wild hippo herd outside Africa — a local curiosity and a hazard. Estimates put them at about 35 in the area nowadays.
With the sighting of the crescent moon, Muslims mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and of dawn-to-dusk fasting, and the beginning of Eid al-Fitr. The festival, which typically starts with prayers and can include parades, family reunions and other gatherings, is a time of thanksgiving and reflection.
After becoming the world’s murder capital last year and posting an equally bloody start to 2016, El Salvador has seen its monthly homicide rates fall by about half. The government attributes the drop to a tough military crackdown on the country’s powerful gangs, while the gangs themselves claim credit for a nonaggression pact between the three biggest criminal groups.
A car bomb exploded on a busy street in Baghdad’s Karrada district late on Saturday evening, BBC reports. The largely Shia area was busy with shoppers late at night because it is the holy month of Ramadan, when believers fast during sunlight hours. A second bomb also exploded at about midnight in a predominantly Shia area north of the capital, killing another five people. ISIS claimed credit for both attacks, making it the third attack attributed to the group this week, following attacks in Bangladesh and Turkey.
After an eventful first stage of the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish earned his first yellow jersey. “It’s quite emotional. This is the only jersey in cycling I’ve not worn. I’ve had all three points jerseys, the worlds jerseys and the leaders jerseys in the Giro and the Vuelta and now this. I just wanted to win the stage and to wear this jersey is an honor,” Cavendish said.
There were two crashes during the stage, one involving race-favorite Alberto Contador, who finished the stage with superficial injuries.
After 140 years in operation, the Buenos Aires Zoo in Argentina’s capital plans to move almost all of its 1,500 animals to natural reserves.
The 44-acre zoo in the will become an ecopark for refuge and rehabilitation of animals rescued from illegal trafficking.
Suicide attackers killed dozens and wounded scores of others at the busy Ataturk Airport in Istanbul late Tuesday, the latest in a series of bombings to strike Turkey in recent months. A senior Turkish official on Thursday identified the Istanbul airport attackers as a Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz national hours after police carried out sweeping raids across the city looking for Islamic State suspects. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Ataturk airport attack within Turkey.
Annual monsoon rains have progressed to parts of western and central India, easing fears of millions of desperate farmers after two straight years of drought, the weather department said. Farmers rely on the monsoon rains, which hit the Kerala coast every year and then sweep across the country, to water their crops and replenish dams and reservoirs. The arrival of the monsoon is always keenly watched in India, but even more so this year as much of the country reels from the drought. However, dozens of people have been struck by lightning and killed during the rains, disaster management officials said.