UNITED NATIONS

Wildlife traffickers targeted

The U.N. Security Council has targeted illegal wildlife traffickers for sanctions in two resolutions against African armed groups, a step conservationists called unprecedented and a major shift on a problem that has morphed from an environmental issue into a security threat. A resolution that renewed an arms embargo, travel bans and asset freezes against armed groups in Congo included individuals who support those groups “through illicit trade of natural resources, including gold or wildlife as well as wildlife products.” The Security Council approved the resolution Thursday, two days after including similar language in a sanctions regime imposed on armed groups in the Central African Republic.

CANADA

Deadly escalator accident

A 48-year-old woman was strangled after her scarf and then her hair got caught in the mechanism of a Montreal subway escalator as the moving staircase rolled toward the platform. Emergency officials found a trapped woman lying on her back at the bottom of the escalator Wednesday. A doctor declared her dead on the scene. The accident happened during the morning rush hour, and passers-by unsuccessfully tried to help.

RUSSIA

Vodka linked to death risk

Russian men who down large amounts of vodka — and too many do — have an “extraordinarily” high risk of an early death, a new study says. Researchers tracked about 151,000 adult men in the Russian cities of Barnaul, Byisk and Tomsk from 1999 to 2010. They interviewed them about their drinking habits and, when about 8,000 later died, followed up to monitor their causes of death. The risk of dying before age 55 for those who said they drank three or more half-liter bottles of vodka a week was a shocking 35 percent. Overall, a quarter of Russian men die before reaching 55, compared with 7 percent of men in the United Kingdom and less than 1 percent in the United States. The study was paid for by the U.K. Medical Research Council and others. It was appeared online Thursday in the journal Lancet.

Compiled from wire reports.