Africa 

South Africa “punished” for discovering Omicron variant

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Senegalese President Macky Sall have expressed their displeasure towards rich countries over travel bans imposed on them since the country announced the discovery of a new coronavirus variant, omicron. This was during the opening of the 7th edition of the Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa on Monday. Senegalese president, Macky Sall called for unity amongst world leaders at a time like this, in order to fight the pandemic. “We must continue to work together in solidarity. This pandemic, which is…

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Africa 

DR Congo: Limitations to ‘strictly military approach’ to stem violence, mission chief warns 

Bintou Keita argued that, for stability to return to eastern Congo, “the State must succeed in restoring and maintaining the confidence of the people in their ability to protect, administer, deliver justice and meet their basic needs.”  Ms. Keita, who also acts as the head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the country (MONUSCO), said that she has stressed this regularly in her exchanges with the Head of State and with the Prime Minister.  Armed violence  Starting on November 30, the Congolese Armed Forces initiated joint military operations with the Ugandan army against the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the east.  According to Ms. Keita, UN peacekeepers and the…

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Entertainment Lifestyle 

Enjoy Nigeria Expo Veritable Platform To Sell Nigeria’s Non-Oil Sector – Minister

L-R: President of Welcome2Nigeria and initiator of ENEX 2021, Mr. Isa Sago, Minister of State Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajiya Mariam Katagum, representative of the Emir of Zaria, Makama Karami of Zaria, Alhaji Mohammad Abbas at the opening ceremony of the Enjoy Nigeria Expo held at the Abuja Trade and Convention Centre, Monday, December 6,2021 Minister of State Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajiya Mariam Katagum, on Monday declared open the inaugural edition of the Enjoy Nigeria Expo (ENEX 2021) describing it as veritable platform to sell the country’s bourgeoning creative…

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Entertainment Lifestyle 

HIP Video Promo presents: Milky Chance bring “Tainted Love” to the 21st century with new music video

HIP Video Promo presents: Milky Chance bring “Tainted Love” to the 21st century with new music video – Music Industry Today – EIN Presswire Trusted News Since 1995 A service for music industry professionals · Monday, December 6, 2021 · 557,753,950 Articles · 3+ Million Readers News Monitoring and Press Release Distribution Tools News Topics Newsletters Press Releases Events & Conferences RSS Feeds Other Services Questions? Sourced From Nigerian Music

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Human Rights 

With 280 prisoners dead in Ecuador, UN experts call for urgent action 

In a joint statement, the experts said they were “appalled and gravely concerned” by repeated riots that have resulted in the death of so many prisoners, and the “clear risk” of further incidents.  The statement was signed by Morris Tidball-Binz, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and Nils Melzer, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.  Ongoing insecurity  During the most recent outbreak of violence, on 12 November, at least 62 inmates were killed and 44 were injured at the Centre of Deprivation of Liberty Guayas Nr. 1 (El Litoral Penitentiary)…

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Africa 

Zambia: British teen badly injured from crocodile attack in Zambesi river ‘okay’

A British teenager who was badly injured when a crocodile bit her leg and tried to drag her underwater in Livingstone, Zambia, has said she was “very lucky” to have survived the attack. Amelie Osborn-Smith was evacuated by helicopter to Medland Hospital where she underwent surgical procedures. In her first interview following the attack, Osborn-Smith said she had “accepted” that she might lose her foot after being taken to hospital and was “so relieved” when she woke up to find that doctors had been able to save it. According to…

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Africa 

Sudan: Tear gas fired at crowd in Khartoum

Thousands of Sudanese took to the streets Monday in the capital of Khartoum and other cities in the latest protests against the October military coup and a subsequent deal that reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Footage circulated on social media supposedly showed demonstrators marching in different locations in Khartoum and its sister city of Omdurman. There were also protests in other cities, including Kassala, Sennar and Port Sudan. Security forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters marching in a street near the presidential palace in Khartoum. There were no immediate…

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Pacific 

Myanmar: UN deplores conviction and sentencing of Aung San Suu Kyi

The development follows media reports that a military vehicle slammed into demonstrators in the city of Yangon over the weekend, leaving an unknown number injured and at least five dead. Political motives In a statement on Monday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet maintained that Ms. Suu Kyi’s guilty verdict was the result of a “sham trial”. “The conviction of the State Counsellor following a sham trial in secretive proceedings before a military-controlled court is nothing but politically-motivated,” she said.  “It is not only about arbitrary denial of…

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Africa 

Severe cash crunch threatens WFP operations in Ethiopia

WFP urgently needs $579 million to deliver food aid and livelihood support to some 12 million Ethiopians and refugees.  This includes $316 million for food and nutrition assistance to nearly four million people in the war-ravaged north.   The Ethiopian authorities, together with WFP and other partners, are struggling to address the hunger crisis in the country.  Food aid ‘critical’  An estimated 13.6 million people are now food insecure due to the combined effects of conflict, drought, flooding, desert locust invasions, market disruptions, high food prices and the COVID-19 pandemic. …

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