An African giant pouched rat won a prestigious award Friday for his work detecting land mines in Cambodia. The UK veterinary charity PDSA awarded Magawa its Gold Medal for “life-saving devotion to duty, in the location and clearance of deadly land mines in Cambodia.” He is the first rat ever to win the bravery gong. Magawa, 7, has sniffed out 39 land mines and 28 unexploded munitions in his distinguished career.
The president sparked fresh anger and disbelief on Thursday after he refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. Some Republicans, long criticized for allowing and enabling Trump to trample on political norms, did seek on Thursday to reassure the public that, in the event of a Biden victory, the transfer of power will go ahead.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has apologized after the fatal shooting of a South Korean fisheries official by the military earlier this week, Yonhap news agency reported on Friday, citing the presidential office. In a formal letter sent to Seoul, the North conveyed Kim’s message that he felt “very sorry” for “disappointing” South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
The powerful head of the Vatican’s saint-making office, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, resigned suddenly Thursday from the post and renounced his rights as a cardinal amid a financial scandal that has reportedly implicated him indirectly. Becciu, the former No. 2 in the Vatican’s secretariat of state, has been reportedly implicated in a financial scandal involving the Vatican’s investment in a London real estate deal that has lost the Holy See millions of euros in fees paid to middlemen.
Rio de Janeiro delayed its annual Carnival parade for 2021, saying Thursday night that the global spectacle cannot go ahead in February because of Brazil’s continued vulnerability to the pandemic. Rio’s League of Samba Schools, LIESA, announced that the spread of the coronavirus has made it impossible to safely hold the traditional parades that are a cultural mainstay and, for many, a source of livelihood.