Europe 

Ukraine: Heading into winter without heat or water, needs in Mykolaiv are ‘critical’ 

Updating journalists at a regular press briefing, Stéphane Dujarric recounted Humanitarian Coordinator Denise Brown’s visit over the weekend to Kherson and Mykolaiv where she assessed the humanitarian situation, met with authorities, and monitored the response provided by aid organizations.   She observed that although humanitarians are delivering vital aid, “the needs are immense”.   Making a difference  Ms. Brown saw first-hand how… Read More
Europe 

Ukraine: Missile strikes, summary executions highlight importance of international law

“Millions are being plunged into extreme hardship and appalling conditions of life by these strikes”, he said. “Taken as a whole, this raises serious problems under international humanitarian law, which requires a concrete and direct military advantage for each object attacked”. Racking up casualties According to the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU), on Wednesday further missile strikes… Read More
Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

South Africa’s prison service rejects Jacob Zuma’s return to jail

– – South Africa’s prison service has rejected a court decision asking for former president Jacob Zuma to be sent back to jail. The prison service has now said it will challenge the court ruling delivered this week. “Having carefully studied the judgement, Correctional Services is convinced that another court may arrive at a different conclusion,” the Department of Correctional… Read More
Africa Sports World 

NFL: Are the Bengals hitting their form at the perfect time?

– – Game week 10 in the NFL was a perfect one for the Cincinnati Bengals. They travelled to the home of their rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, in the hopes of gaining a measure of revenge for the opening day defeat they received at the hands of the same team. And courtesy of the brilliance of quarterback Joe Burrow, that’s… Read More
Europe 

‘Catastophic’ winter in store for Ukraine, warns UN peacebuilding chief, following Russian strikes on critical infrastructure

Ms. DiCarlo referred to the latest wave of Russian missile and drone strikes in Ukraine which, she said, terrorized the citizens of several cities (Kyiv, Odesa, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, and Zaporizhzhia). With winter approaching, the attacks, she said, “renew fears that this winter will be catastrophic for millions of Ukrainians, who face the prospect of months of frigid weather with… Read More
Pacific 

Myanmar crisis: Rights expert urges Korea to play ‘enhanced leadership role’ 

“The Republic of Korea can play a vital leadership role in denying the Myanmar junta the means to continue holding 54 million people hostage while becoming a leader in providing humanitarian support to those in desperate need’’, said Tom Andrews, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar,  in a statement on Monday. ‘Lead by example’ He urged the… Read More
Pacific 

DPRK missile launch ‘latest in a series of alarming activities’ – UN political chief  

Citing the DPRK’s official news agency and various government sources, Rosemary DiCarlo told ambassadors that at around 10:15 am local time, the so-called Hwasong-17 missile flew a distance of 1,000 km at an altitude of approximately 6,100 km.    “It is reportedly the first successful test of the DPRK’s largest and most powerful missile, capable of reaching all of North America”,… Read More
Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

SA top court orders ex-President Zuma’s return to jail

– – South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal on Monday ordered that former President Jacob Zuma be sent back to prison to serve his 15-month jail term. The court upheld an earlier ruling that stated that Zuma’s medical parole was unlawful. “On any conceivable basis, the commissioner’s decision was unlawful and unconstitutional. The high court was correct to set it… Read More
Europe 

Overnight blasts near Ukraine nuclear plant are ‘playing with fire!’ – UN nuclear chief

In a statement issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said that that blasts yesterday evening and again this morning further underlined “the urgent need for measures to help prevent a nuclear accident there”. “As I have said many times before, you’re playing with fire!”. Renewed shelling In what appeared to be renewed shelling… Read More
Africa West Africa World 

Equatorial Guinea: Nguema to extend 43-year rule as voters go to the polls

– – Equatorial Guinea‘s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema is seeking to extend his time in office as voters go to the polls on Sunday. Obiang Nguema is the world’s longest-serving president staying in power for 43 years. Over 400,000 people out of the 1.5 million population registered to vote in this year’s general election. Voters will also be electing 100… Read More