WHO: DR Congo Ebola outbreak ‘health emergency’ of int’l concern

Publication date 19 July 2019 | 15:46 | ICT

The World Health Organisation on Wednesday declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a “public health emergency of international concern”, a rare designation only used for the gravest epidemics.



  • India demands Pakistan free accused ‘spy’

    Publication date 19 July 2019 | 15:31 | ICT

    India on Thursday demanded that Pakistan release an alleged spy after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) called for a review of a death sentence against him.

  • Oz onshore refugees stuck in legal limbo

    Publication date 19 July 2019 | 14:47 | ICT

    The Australian government has rejected calls to expedite visa applications of 30,000 asylum seekers who have been stuck in legal limbo in the country for more than five years, a report shows.

  • Arson attack kills 24 at Japanese anime studio

    Publication date 19 July 2019 | 14:44 | ICT

    A suspected arson attack on an animation production company in Japan killed 24 people and injured dozens more on Thursday, with flames gutting the building in the city of Kyoto.

  • Drug lord El Chapo sentenced to life

    Publication date 19 July 2019 | 12:01 | ICT

    Once one of the world’s most powerful and notorious criminals, Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday – the mandatory punishment for a host of crimes spanning a quarter-century.

  • Washington kicks Turkey out of F-35 fighter jet programme

    Publication date 19 July 2019 | 11:57 | ICT

    The White House confirmed on Wednesday that Turkey would be excluded from Nato’s F-35 stealth fighter jet programme after it purchased a Russian missile defence system in defiance of warnings from Western allies.

  • Toll in Japan suspected arson rises to 24: fire department

    Publication date 18 July 2019 | 16:06 | ICT

    At least 24 people are feared dead in a suspected arson attack on an animation company in the Japanese city of Kyoto on Thursday, a fire department official said.

  • South Korea adopts workplace anti-bullying law

    Publication date 18 July 2019 | 14:21 | ICT

    A new law aimed at preventing harassment in the workplace took effect in South Korea on Tuesday, bringing the widespread but overlooked issue of bullying at work into the legal domain.

  • Myanmar nationals stage protest outside Singapore embassy in DC

    Publication date 18 July 2019 | 13:15 | ICT

    A group of Myanmar nationals staged a demonstration in front of the Singapore embassy in Washington on Monday in protest against the Singapore government’s arrest and deportation of leaders of the Arakan Association (Singapore).

  • Japan gov’t mulls subsidy for disposal of ocean plastic

    Publication date 18 July 2019 | 12:06 | ICT

    Japanese government plans to provide assistance for the collection and disposing of plastic waste in the ocean picked up by fishing vessels, according to sources.

  • Malaysia parliament backs move to lower voting age to 18 from 21

    Publication date 18 July 2019 | 11:36 | ICT

    Malaysia's parliament on Tuesday backed lowering the voting age from 21 to 18, a change that would add millions of people to the electoral roll and was pushed by the country’s reformist government.