Zimbabwe

Medical marijuana legal

Zimbabwe has legalized the production of marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes, making it the rare African country to turn the drug into a source of revenue. A notice issued by the health minister says individuals and corporations can apply for licenses to grow marijuana, whose production and possession had brought up to 12 years in prison. Recreational use is illegal.

Spain

Rape verdict spurs rallies

Tens of thousands of people marched in northern Spain for a third straight day to protest the acquittal of five men on gang rape charges. Pamplona police estimated the size of the crowd was 35,000. An 18-year-old woman was attacked during the city’s famed San Fermin bull-running festival in 2016. The five men were convicted Thursday on a lesser felony of sexual abuse and sentenced to nine years each.

Bangladesh

U.N. to visit Rohingya

A U.N. Security Council delegation is in Bangladesh for a firsthand look at the plight of some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar to escape military-led violence and are seeking U.N. protection to return home. The team will meet some of the refugees, including victims of rape and torture, on Sunday. The delegation will also visit Myanmar after concluding its three-day visit on Monday.

Britain

Toddler dies, is mourned

Alfie Evans, a toddler with a degenerative brain condition whose parents lost a legal battle to keep him on life support at a Vatican hospital, was mourned with balloons set free in the sky and prayers from the pope after he died Saturday weeks shy of his second birthday. Kate James and Tom Evans said his death overnight in Liverpool, England, had left them “heartbroken.” Alfie’s condition left him with almost no brain function; doctors removed his ventilator five days ago.

Saudi Arabia

Apology for WWE images

Saudi sports officials apologized in a statement online after images of scantily clad women appeared on big screens during a world wrestling event held in the kingdom, which hosted women and children for the first time. Viewers said the broadcast of the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.’s “Greatest Royal Rumble” was cut off for a few moments as the images played.

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires