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Last male northern white rhino is ailing; Auschwitz guard asks for mercy from prison, again; more in world news


‘Future is not looking bright’

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 Sudan — listed as "The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World" on Tinder last year as a fundraiser — lives with the last two female northern white rhinos, Najin and Fatu. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy said Thursday that Sudan was struggling despite 24-hour care. Extremely old for rhinos, Sudan’s "future is not looking bright." Scientists hope to save the northern white rhino from extinction by using southern white rhinos as surrogates through an in vitro process.


Court upholds law that may hurt Amazon

Brazil’s Supreme Court has batted down challenges to key parts of a law that environmentalists say has contributed to increasing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. The 2012 law included an amnesty for illegal deforestation that occurred before July 2008, including releasing perpetrators from the obligation to replant areas in compensation. It also weakened protections for some preservation areas. It was backed by farming interests.


Auschwitz guard
asks for mercy, again

An ex-Auschwitz death camp guard has submitted yet another request for clemency in a bid to avoid serving his sentence for accessory to murder. He plea for mercy and an appeal have been denied before, but Oskar Groening’s lawyer says the former SS sergeant is too frail to go to prison. The 96-year-old was convicted in 2015 as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jewish people and was sentenced to four years in prison.


Pay child migrant program survivors, inquiry says

Britain’s inquiry into decades of child sexual abuse says it’s "essential" for the government to pay compensation to the 2,000 survivors who were sent to then-British colonies where many met harsh conditions, neglect and abuse. More than 100,000 poor children were shipped overseas, starting in the 19th century. The inquiry said the program failed to protect children. — tbt* wires

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