Haiti official: Outbreak is stabilized
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A cholera outbreak that has killed more than 250 people in rural Haiti is stabilizing, health officials said Monday, as aid groups and the government race to prevent it from spreading to the capital's squalid camps of earthquake survivors.
The outbreak was expected to continue spreading, but aid groups and the government said a drop in the death rate and the number of new cases suggested it could progress more gradually than feared.
Rhino shot 9 times, survives
JOHANNESBURG -- A critically endangered black rhino shot nine times by poachers in South Africa has been moved to a zoo in Johannesburg.
Faan Coetzee of the Endangered Wildlife Trust said Monday that 5-year-old Phila will stay at the zoo until she recovers from her wounds, which may take six months.
Although she had been dehorned so she'd be less attractive to poachers, Phila was shot twice in the wild and seven times in captivity at a game farm.
Conservationists say rhino poaching has increased dramatically because of high demand for rhino horn in Asia, where it is used for medicinal purposes.
South Africa, which hosts more than 90 percent of the world's rhino population, has been losing some 20 rhinos per month.
Gunmen kidnap worker, driver
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Gunmen seized a Dutch aid worker and his Afghan driver in northern Afghanistan on Monday, a local government official said.
Four gunmen took the two men out of their car in Takhar province and drove them west toward neighboring Kunduz province, said Takhar Governor Abdul Jabar Taqwa, quoting witnesses. The two were working with an aid group helping disabled people.
Police and intelligence officials are trying to track the group and the Kunduz authorities have been informed, Taqwa said.
Dutch Foreign Ministry spokesman Bart Rijs confirmed a Dutch man and his Afghan driver had been kidnapped, but gave few details and did not release the names of the men or the aid group.