LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Johnson is getting his funny on with help from a couple of “Saturday Night Live” stars. The 71-year-old actor is known for his dramatic roles in the hit series “Miami Vice” and “Nash Bridges.” Now, Johnson is co-starring with Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd in the upcoming NBC comedy “Kenan.” Johnson says doing comedy is “amazingly joyful, hard work.” He plays Thompson’s father-in-law on the show that debuts on Feb. 16. Johnson says he watches Thompson and Redd being funny, and he tells himself that he has got to try and keep up with them.
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has received a shot against the coronavirus to officially kick off his country’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign. The monarch got jabbed in the arm on Thursday at his palace in Fez. ,Morocco received its first vaccine shipments in recent days from China’s Sinopharm and Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca. The North African kingdom is first vaccinating health care workers, security forces, and people over age 75. Morocco has one of Africa’s most advanced vaccination programs, though the continent remains well behind richer countries in inoculating residents against the virus. Morocco has reported more than 468,383 confirmed cases, including 8,207 deaths.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is setting an annual date to honor grandparents and elders for their “precious” roles in society. Francis on Sunday announced that every year, on the fourth Sunday of July, the Roman Catholic Church will pay tribute to older adults who have “thoughts and words of wisdom” to offer, especially to younger generations. This year, Francis will celebrate a special Mass in honor of grandparents worldwide on the evening of July 25, pandemic restrictions permitting. Francis noted that each year on July 26, the church honors Saints Anne and Joachim, the parents of Jesus’ mother, Mary. Francis says grandparents transmit “life and faith” experiences to the young.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African customs officials have seized more than $3.5 million worth of rhino horns at the O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Thursday. A shipment of the 18 pieces of horns weighing 63 kilograms (139 pounds) destined for Malaysia was discovered at the airport’s courier facilities. The package was labeled “HP cartridges” but an x-ray scan revealed images resembling horns so the customs officials inspected it to discover the contraband, the South African Revenue Services said in a statement. This is the fourth rhino horn bust at the airport by customs officials since July last year, with a total of 277 kilograms (611 pounds) of rhino horn worth more than $15 million confiscated, said the statement.
JESÚS DE MACHACA, Bolivia (AP) — In Bolivia’s highlands, a dozen Aymara students on bicycles covered from head-to-toe in protective suits hats and face masks arrive at their school for the start of the 2021 school year amid an uptick in coronavirus infections. Bolivia shut down its school year in August because it couldn’t guarantee access to online education to all, especially in rural areas where many people lack internet access. The government re-started classes this week with face-to-face, online or blended formats. Parents at the Jancohaqui Tana school in Jesús de Machaca decided to send their children back to school for in-person classes and ordered special biosecurity suits made.