Pacific 

North Korea missile tests ‘deeply troubling’: senior UN official

The first element of concern outlined by Khaled Khiari, was the resumption of missiles testing by DPRK, more commonly known as North Korea, which include the launch of two projectiles on November 28, and the announcement of a test which some analysts believe, he said, were designed to further North Korea’s nuclear programme. Further announcements by State media include references to the testing of various new missile systems, said Mr. Khiari, including a multiple-launch rocket system, a new land-based short-range ballistic missile, and a submarine-launched ballistic missile. Overall, there have…

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Pacific 

Samoa measles outbreak claims 70 lives, majority are children under five

The development – announced by UN emergency relief chief Mark Lowcock – means that $2.6 million will be made available for the small Pacific island, where health providers have been reportedly overwhelmed. 87 new cases in past 24 hours “As of this morning, 4,819 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team since the outbreak started, according to the Ministry of Health in Samoa”, Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said. “There were 87 cases recorded over the past 24 hours.”…

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Pacific 

Aung San Suu Kyi appears at ICJ as UN rights expert urges greater protection for Myanmar activists

“I call on each and every organ of the Myanmar State to ensure that absolutely no reprisals are taken against any group or individual that is advocating for justice and accountability in Myanmar,” said the independent expert in a statement issued on Tuesday, adding that those targeted include members of the Free Rohingya Coalition.  Legal proceedings begin  The Rohingya are a mainly Muslim population residing in northern Rakhine state in Myanmar, a majority Buddhist country.  More than 600,000 members of the minority group fled to neighbouring Bangladesh following a reported military crackdown in August 2017. Numerous alleged human rights abuses took…

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Pacific 

UN team aids Samoa response to deadly measles epidemic

Simona Marinescu, UN Resident Coordinator in the Pacific island nation, reported that the situation remains critical, as the Government commenced a two-day shutdown on Thursday to ensure that all people who have not been vaccinated are protected against the highly contagious disease. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has supplied more than 200,000 vaccines for the campaign, while the World Health Organization (WHO) has brought in emergency medical staff from across the globe. “WHO has had to spread throughout the country, and today we’re in the field with the 128 medical teams…

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Africa Gambia West Africa World 

Gambia: Commission uncovers Yahya Jammeh’s alleged crimes

A Gambian truth commission has heard testimony that former president Yahya Jammeh was responsible for numerous grave crimes during his 22 years in office. Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday that these crimes include ordering the killing and torture of political opponents, the murder of 56 West African migrants, and “witch hunts” in which hundreds of women were arbitrarily detained. Jammeh also allegedly participated in the rape and sexual assault of women brought to him. On December 5, 2019, the Gambia Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission (TRRC) will conclude its first year…

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Africa East Africa World 

Uganda’s Museveni claims to have ‘never stolen anything’

The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni has declared that he is not corrupt and has “never stolen anything from anybody and I am also not a poor man.” He made the comments when he spoke to thousands of his supporters on Wednesday in Kampala. Museveni led thousands of Ugandans to stage an anti-corruption walk through the streets of the capital Kampala. President Museveni described “corrupt people” as “parasites because they get wealth which they did not earn.” RelatedItems Uganda to launch drone medical supply service in 2020 2 weeks ago…

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Africa Southern Africa World Zimbabwe 

Mugabe left behind $10 mln and properties but no will

The late former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe reportedly left behind $10 million in his bank account together with other properties. State media Herald newspaper on Tuesday published the list of Mugabe’s estate but indicated there was no will to distribute the properties. The newspaper listed some of the properties left behind to include: four houses, 10 cars, one farm, his rural home and an orchard. Mugabe’s daughter Bona Chikowore in October wrote to the Master of High Court seeking to register her father’s estate. Since there was no will,…

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Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

South Africa: Vodacom, MTN ordered to lower data prices

South Africa’s Vodacom Group and MTN Group have been ordered by the country’s Competition Commission to lower data prices. The two companies could face prosecution if they do not agree with the order in the next two months to lower data prices. The watchdog launched an investigation in August 2017 following a request from the minister of economic Development. There have been several complaints from consumers about high data costs. The commission said in its report that there is evidence to suggest that there is room for price reductions in…

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Africa Sports World 

Lionel Messi wins his sixth Ballon d’Or trophy

Lionel Messi of Barcelona has won been named the winner of the 2019 Ballon d’Or trophy. That is his sixth Ballon d’Or trophy, the most won by any player in history. Lionel Messi’s previous wins came in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015. Messi was involved in 63 goals in 2019 for his Spanish club Barcelona and Argentina. He scored 46 goals and made 17 assists, averaging 1’17 per game. He beat competition from Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane and rival, Cristiano Ronaldo. Lionel Messi is the 2019…

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Africa Boxing Sports World 

Joshua confident of beating Mexican heavyweight Ruiz

Anthony Joshua says he chose to “reinvent” himself after defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr and feels “different” going into Saturday’s rematch. Joshua, who lost his three world heavyweight titles to Ruiz on 1 June, says he has decided to “check” his approach after a first defeat. “There is fire in the belly,” the Briton told BBC Sport in Saudi Arabia before the fight at the Diriyah Arena. “There are things I have had to do to take me to the next level. “I am confident I can be victorious and…

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