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Campaign group urges recognition for women affected by sexual violence of Korean troops and the children born as a result Tran Thi Ngai was 24 and alone at home in her village in Vietnam's Phu Yen province when a South Korean soldier forced his way into the house and raped her. He pulled me inside the room, closed the door and raped me repeatedly. He had a gun on his body and I was terrified, said Tran, now almost 80, and still waiting for South Korea to acknowledge sexual violence by its soldiers during the Vietnam war.
World Health Organization launches inquiry after claims of 'legendary' corruption, including racism and sexism Claims that a senior employee at the World Health Organization misused Ebola funds to fly his girlfriend to west Africa are among a tide of allegations under investigation by the agency. An internal inquiry has been launched by the WHO following a series of anonymous whistleblower emails that alleged widespread racism, sexism and misspending. Continue reading.
With health system at breaking point, uncertainty over how virus is being transmitted prompts fears it could range beyond DRC The number of Ebola cases recorded each day in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is expected to more than double, with concern mounting that uncertainty over how the virus is being transmitted could result in it spreading to neighbouring countries. On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reiterated its warning that there is a very high risk of the outbreak spreading not only across DRC but also to Uganda, Rwanda and even South Sudan. The heightened danger of transmission is due to extensive travel between the affected areas.
Vedanta Resources in fresh appeal to have water contamination claim brought by 1,800 people heard in Zambia A British mining company has appealed to the supreme court to prevent 1,800 Zambian villagers bringing a pollution case involving its subsidiary from being tried in the UK. Lawyers for Vedanta Resources told Britain's highest court that the case - brought by villagers who allege that their land and livelihoods were destroyed by water contamination from Vedanta-owned Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) - should be heard in Zambia instead. Continue reading.
More than 8,000 refugees cross border into Cameroon after Nigerian town of Rann is burned to the ground Thousands of people have fled into Cameroon from north-east Nigeria following violent attacks by a faction of the militant group Boko Haram, which looted and destroyed large parts of a major town. More than 8,000 refugees have crossed the border into Bodo after the attacks on the Nigerian town of Rann on Monday, in which at least 10 people are thought to have been killed. Homes and humanitarian organisations' buildings were burned down.
With the country in crisis and public discontent mounting, is the endgame nearing for Omar al-Bashir? Surrounded by brown hills close to the Ethiopian border, the town of El-Gadarif is an unremarkable place. A centre for the trade in sorghum and sesame, it is dominated by its huge Russian-built grain silos. Four weeks ago, however, the eastern Sudanese town was thrust into the spotlight when it became a centre for protests against the regime of President Omar al-Bashir.
Opposition to authoritarian rule reflects increased concern of voters and institutions, Human Rights Watch claims From Europe to Yemen and Myanmar to the US, authoritarian and populist leaders face an increasingly powerful human rights pushback, according to an influential annual survey of global rights. Despite mounting pessimism around rights abuses and attacks on democracy by populists on both the far left and far right, the big news of the past year was the growing trend to confront abuses by headline-grabbing autocrats, said Human Rights Watch. Continue reading.
Independent commission says charity lacked robust safeguarding policies and was inconsistent in dealing with complaints A damning interim review has highlighted Oxfam's failure to tackle an environment at the charity that allowed sexual misconduct and bullying to go unchecked. The report, produced by an independent commission, warned that no uniform system exists for dealing with complaints and said there are drastic inconsistencies in the way safeguarding issues are handled across the 90-plus countries in which Oxfam International operates. Continue reading.
Mansoura and Al-Azhar universities backtrack after video of celebratory embrace goes viral Two students expelled from university in Egypt for the immoral act of hugging in celebration of their engagement have been reinstated after a viral video of their embrace drew widespread public sympathy. The universities of Al-Azhar and Mansoura initially told both students they would be thrown out after footage emerged showing the male student kneeling and proposing to the teenage woman before presenting her with a bouquet of flowers. The video, shot on the campus of Mansoura University, then showed the pair embracing, a moment greeted by cheers from their friends.
Stronger support urged for young men affected by abuse as researchers find existing measures tailored towards girls Sexual abuse of boys is barely addressed by the laws in many countries, according to a global study that warns of a lack of support for young male survivors. The study, which examined child rape laws in 40 countries, found that just under half of jurisdictions lacked legal protections for boys. In many cases, laws were specific to girls and did not recognise boys as victims.
In a country where myths about albinism can have deadly consequences, an organisation set up to battle discrimination is having a profound impact Paschal Merumba has suffered prejudice from the very day he was born. His mother refused to breastfeed her cursed baby, the second child in the family born with albinism; the first had already died of neglect. Merumba was thought to have contaminated the community.
Poor shelter and cold weather have also contributed to at least 15 deaths, agency says At least 15 children have died in Syria because of a lack of medical care and inadequate living conditions for displaced people amid freezing temperatures, the UN has said, warning that more deaths are likely to follow. Eight babies in the Rukban camp on the Jordanian border had died from hypothermia in the last month, a statement from the UN children's fund said on Tuesday. A further seven children, mostly under one year old, had died from the cold in recent weeks as their families fled the battle for Hajin, one of the last areas held by Islamic State in eastern Syria.
Tuna fishery gains first MSC gold standard after nation's huge push to boost stocks, protect livelihoods and ban foreign vessels Indonesia, the world's largest tuna fishing nation, has pulled out all the stops in recent years to transform the health of an industry blighted by depleted stocks and illegal poaching.Measures by the government - which have even included the bombing of foreign vessels fishing illegally in Indonesian waters - have helped fish stocks more than double in the last five years. But now the industry has reached another important milestone: one of Indonesia's tuna fisheries has become the first in the country - and second in south-east Asia - to achieve the gold standard for sustainable practices.
Wave of attacks in Cear state exposes how poverty, lack of policies for young people and creaking prison system add up to perfect storm Antonio Carlos da Silva was returning home to the Lagoa Redonda district of Fortaleza when two armed men drove past in a black car, ordering businesses to shut and residents to go inside and turn off the lights. Da Silva spent the next day indoors with no drinking water as a wave of unrest engulfed the north-eastern Brazilian city. There's a climate of panic and people are terrified to go out.
Filippo Grandi calls on rich countries to give proper funding for developing nations that host people fleeing conflict The head of the UN refugee agency has said he too would do anything to escape if he was stuck in a squalid refugee camp, as he called on the world's wealthy nations to properly fund services in developing countries. Speaking to reporters after meeting the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Filippo Grandi, the high commissioner for refugees, said countries are not getting enough recognition for hosting refugees, and that he would campaign for Cairo to receive more bilateral development aid to support its efforts. Continue reading.
As temperatures fall, aid workers warn of danger to at least 11,000 people across Idlib, with storms also battering camps in Lebanon At least 11,000 child refugees and their families are facing a weekend of freezing temperatures with no shelter, after torrential rains across Syria's Idlib province swept away tents and belongings. Aid workers warn there is a real risk people will simply freeze to death as temperatures have already dropped to -1C, amid a shortage of blankets and heating fuel. Continue reading.
Daughter of Congolese woman treated for Ebola in December becomes only second healthy child born in such circumstances The daughter of a pregnant woman who was cured of Ebola has survived and tested negative for the virus, in a case that has been described as a medical miracle. Sylvana, born on 6 January and weighing 3.7kg, is the second baby in the world known to have survived after being born to a woman who had Ebola.
Number of innocent people killed or maimed in Afghan war rises 36% despite overall fall in casualties worldwide Civilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan from explosive weapons rose by more than a third last year, against a downward trend globally, according to a survey seen by the Guardian. Most of the 4,260 civilians killed or injured in explosions in the country in 2018 - up from 3,119 in 2017 - were victims of suicide attacks, found a report by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). Continue reading.
The plan is part of an initiative, co-sponsored by the DfID, to help those affected by conflict or humanitarian crises The UK government is taking part in a pioneering international aid project which could see consignments of maggots sent to crisis zones such as Syria as a simple and effective way to clean wounds, it has been announced. So-called maggot therapy was been used in the first world war, when their efficacy in helping wounds heal was discovered by accident, and it is sometimes used in the NHS, for example to clean ulcers. Continue reading.
Drugs, violence and harassment are part of daily life for the growing population of homeless children in Venezuela All photographs: Miguel Gutirrez/EPA Continue reading...