HARARE (Reuters) - A Zimbabwean court has thrown out charges against a local hunter accused of failing to stop the killing of the country's most prized lion by an American dentist, his lawyer said on Friday. Walter Palmer, a lifelong big-game hunter from Minnesota, touched off a global controversy when he killed Cecil, a rare black-maned lion, with a bow and arrow outside Hwange National Park in western Zimbabwe in July last year. While Zimbabwean authorities said Palmer had legal authority to hunt, they were stung by the international outcry and charged local hunter Theo Bronkhorst, who assisted Palmer, with failing to prevent an unlawful hunt. Bronkhorst's lawyers then applied to the High Court in Zimbabwe's second city of Bulawayo to set aside the charge, arguing it could not have been an offence under the country's wildlife laws if Palmer had a permit to hunt. "The court granted us that prayer yesterday - that the charges be quashed. So I cannot imagine the state coming back again charging him with the same charge," said Lovemore Muvhiringi, a lawyer for Bronkhorst. Cecil had been fitted with a collar to track his movements but strayed outside the confines of Hwange National Park and was then shot. Bronkhorst was accused of laying bait to lure Cecil out of the park. Palmer said at the time that no one in his hunting party realized the targeted lion was Cecil. Wildlife hunting is an important revenue source for the southern African country, which is grappling with its worst shortage of cash since it dumped its inflation-ravaged currency in favor of the U.S. dollar in 2009. Conservationists worldwide were outraged when Zimbabwe's government announced in October last year that Palmer would not be charged over Cecil's killing because he had obtained legal authority to conduct the hunt. But the government said Palmer would be free to visit Zimbabwe only as a tourist, not a hunter, in future, implying he would not be issued the required permits. (Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; editing by Mark Heinrich)
Chris Christie's niece bit and kicked deputies trying to escort her off a Spirit Airlines flight after she asked passengers who she thought were Latino if they were 'smuggling cocaine,' report says
Shannon Epstein reportedly yelled that the deputies who arrested her would get in trouble because of her uncle's connection to former President Donald Trump.
- Rolling Stone
“Attacking the Constitution… should be universally condemned,” White House Deputy Secretary says, alongside the rest of the sane world
- Fox News
The two surviving roommates of four University of Idaho students who were killed in their home on Nov. 13 released public statements for the first time at a Friday memorial.
- Buckeyes Wire
Do the Bucks make it according to Herbie? #GoBucks
White supremacist Nick Fuentes slams 'divorced woman girlboss' Marjorie Taylor Greene as the far-right figures turn on each other, videos show
White nationalist Nick Fuentes described Marjorie Taylor Greene as "weak" and attention-seeking after she denounced his virulently antisemitic views.
Michael Steele warned about what could come next from the far-right Georgia Republican.
Lara Trump, a vociferous supporter of her father-in-law and his policies when he campaigned for re-election to the White House in 2020, is parting ways as an official contributor to Fox News Channel. The Fox Corp.-backed network confirmed Saturday that Trump, wife to President Donald Trump’s younger son, Eric, was no longer an official contributor […]
It's the most wonderful time of the year! People are decking their homes in lights, visiting with their families, grabbing mugs of peppermint drinks and gathering around the TV to watch...monster movies? That's apparently the case with Netflix subscribers, because a new film, titled Troll, just made its way to the top of the site's most-watched movies list, only 48 hours after it premiered. Troll is a supernatural drama about an ancient troll who gets awakened by an explosion on a Norwegian moun
- College Football News
Bowl Projections and College Football Playoff predictions: the final call before Sunday
WWE star Hulk Hogan shared a photo of his weight loss transformation on Facebook, in which the wrestler said he was down to 275 pounds, his "9th grade weight."
- Fox News
Warnock or Walker? New poll shows who is leading heated GA Senate runoff, as countdown to election begins
Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is leading the Senate race against Herschel Walker in a new CNN/SSRS poll that also found the economy remains the top issue to Georgia voters.
- In The Know by Yahoo
A crowd gathered around to watch the emotional performance.
- The Clarion Ledger
Jackson State football coach Deion Sanders is reportedly expected to take the Colorado job at some point after the Tigers' SWAC Championship Game on Saturday, according to multiple reports.
TikTok and crop top queen.
- Access Hollywood
Princess of Wales Kate Middleton looked like an absolute knockout at the 2022 Earthshot Prize ceremony in Boston on Friday evening and one person certainly took notice – her husband, Prince William. The bedazzling necklace, which was given to Princess Diana by the Queen is thought to be worth more than $15 million.
- College Football News
AP top 25 poll, college football rankings prediction. What will the final regular season rankings be on Sunday morning?
Helena Christensen just turned up the heat yet again with these showstopping, alluring photos that has left fans begging for more! On Dec 1, Christensen shared a series of jaw-dropping photos that truly enchanted fans. She uploaded the sexy photos with the caption, “A rose a rose is a… 🥀 But lingerie is a better […]
- The Clarion Ledger
Jackson State football coach Deion Sanders addresses his team following the SWAC Championship game to tell them he was hired by Colorado.
Lara Trump will no longer be a paid contributor for Fox News after her father-in-law, Donald Trump, announced his 2024 presidential bid.
UPDATE: A message from Pele indicates he is staying “calm and positive” in the wake of reports he’s in the end-stages of life. Pete said watching Brazil at the World Cup and messages of support have given him “energy.” His hospital issued a statement saying he is “stable” and still getting treatment, but did not […]