WHO urges Madagascar to revamp laws governing plague victims

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on Madagascar to revamp laws governing plague victims. Officials say the outdated protocol encourages a culture of secrecy and that actually helps the disease spread. More than 140 people have died in the latest outbreak on the island, the worst in at least 50 years. CGTN’s Vauldi Carelse…

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U.N. warns of looming food crisis in South Sudan starting next year

The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has warned that South Sudan will begin next year with the worst food security situation in the country’s history. The joint report by the UN and South Sudan says 5.1 million South Sudanese people, more than half of the country’s population, will be food insecure by the beginning…

UGANDA: RALLY FANS SAFETY

In Uganda, motorsport is the second most popular sport after soccer and thousands throng stage routes to cheer on their favourite drivers. In the heat of the moment, many of the fans stand too close to the roads and only disperse when the cars approach at high speed. This has in turn brought into focus…

Hollywood holds #MeToo march against sexual harassment

Hundreds of people have marched in Hollywood in support of victims of sexual assault and harassment, inspired by the #MeToo social media campaign. The march follows a torrent of assault and harassment allegations against public figures, set off by revelations about the movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. The marchers started on Hollywood Boulevard and walked along…

Shopping tweet of grief triggers ‘surge of love’

Sometimes, just a small, simple thing, can trigger a moment of sadness and grief. For Rachael Prior, it was a bright red jumper in a well-known retailer’s menswear department, whilst out shopping with her husband and children in London. “I caught sight of this cosy red jumper and thought it was the sort of thing…

Saudi Arabia to let women into sports stadiums

(CNN)Saudi Arabia is starting to ease restrictions on women spectators in sports stadiums. Starting in early 2018, women will be allowed into three arenas in major cities, according to a statement issued Sunday by the General Sport Authority, the country’s governing body for sports. The previously male-only venues of King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, King…

An activist, a little girl and the heartbreaking origin of ‘Me too’

(CNN) — ‘Me too.’ Ever since the allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein surfaced, those two simple words have become a rallying cry. Women — and some men — have used them to share personal stories of sexual harassment and assault. The hashtag caught fire over the weekend when actress Alyssa Milano tweeted a call-out to victims “so…

India closes marriage loophole which enabled sex with child brides

India’s Supreme Court has closed a loophole in the country’s age of consent law that made it legal for men to have sex with girls as young as 15 provided they were married. The landmark ruling threw out the exception that judged sex with a girl below the age of 18 to be illegal, but…

Report: Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California

California’s governor, Jerry Brown, on Friday signed a law that lowers the penalty for exposing partners to HIV from a felony to a misdemeanor, which includes those who donate blood without informing the center about their HIV status. “Today California took a major step toward treating HIV as a public health issue, instead of treating…

Ethiopia Restricts the Use of Expensive Cars by Government Officials

Following the issuance of a directive by the Ethiopian government to introduce cost-cutting measures at government agencies, the Office of the Prime Minister early August came up with another directive restricting the use of high-powered vehicles by high-level Ethiopian officials, including ministers. A letter issued two weeks ago and signed by Alemayehu Tegenu, state minister…

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