MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held nearly 10 percent of the state's egg-laying chickens. Here are some questions and answers about the outbreak:
A court in Ghana released two men on bail on Monday pending a trial on charges that they conspired to import nearly 6 tonnes of cocaine from Bolivia in what is one of the biggest recorded seizures of drugs linked to West Africa. A circuit court judge in Accra ordered businessmen Alexander Kofi Baah and Shahad Iddrisu freed on payment of 50,000 Ghana cedis ($13,000) bail each until the trial begins on April 30, said their lawyers Ellis Owusu-Fordwouh and Jerry Avenorgbo. Owusu-Fordwouh said he expected the charges against the businessmen to be dropped for lack of evidence. West Africa is a significant transit zone for Latin American cocaine bound for Europe.