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More than 100 countries backing the waiver say it will help save lives by allowing developing countries to produce COVID-19 vaccines. Washington threw its weight behind the proposal in May, raising expectations of a breakthrough that has so far failed to materialise. At a closed-door TRIPS Council meeting on the waiver on Monday, Norway's Dagfinn Sorli seemed frustrated and asked delegates: "Where do we go from here?," according to three trade sources who attended. WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has identified solutions to vaccine inequity as a priority for the global trade body, which has been facing questions recently about its relevance. Opponents said in Monday's discussions that it was not yet clear that a waiver would help remove barriers to vaccine equity such as raw material scarcity and supply chain issues, according to the sources.
Persons: Denis Balibouse GENEVA, Norway's Dagfinn Sorli, India's, Ngozi Okonjo, Joe Biden, Emma Farge, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: World Trade Organization, WTO's, REUTERS, Washington, WTO, Sans Frontieres, U.S, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, South Africa, India, China
Gunmen kill Nigerian army general on highway from capital
  + stars: | 2021-07-16 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
ABUJA, July 16 (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead a Nigerian army general as he was travelling by car on a major road from the capital, Abuja, the army said on Friday, in the first such fatal gun attack on a senior serving military officer. Armed robberies and kidnappings for ransom, particularly in the northwest, have become so frequent that many are afraid to travel by road. read moreMajor General Hassan Ahmed was killed when gunmen attacked his vehicle along the Lokoja-Abuja road on Thursday, army spokesman Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement. While two retired generals were shot dead last year in attacks as they travelled by road, no serving general had previously been killed in this manner. read moreReporting by Camillus Eboh, Writing by MacDonald Dzirutwe, Editing by William MacleanOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Hassan Ahmed, General Onyema Nwachukwu, Nwachukwu, Ahmed, insurgencies, Camillus Eboh, MacDonald Dzirutwe, William Maclean Organizations: United Nations, Sans Frontieres, Thomson Locations: ABUJA, Nigerian, Abuja, Kogi, Nigeria, United
MSF denounces seizure of migrant rescue vessel in Italy
  + stars: | 2021-07-05 | by ( Emma Farge | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
A view of the Geo Barents, a ship which took part in an operation by members of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, June 11, 2021. So far this year, 866 migrant deaths have been recorded in the Mediterranean, according to the U.N. migration agency. Most of them, 723, died on the central Mediterranean route where the MSF vessel was operating. While it is willing to comply with authorities' requirements, MSF added that such inspections "represent an opportunity for authorities to pursue political objectives under the guise of administrative procedures". A U.N. report in May said that the EU and member states were partly to blame for migrant deaths due to various factors including obstruction of humanitarian rescue efforts.
Persons: Avra, Gavin Jones, Nick Macfie Organizations: Geo, UN, Sans Frontieres, MSF, Transport, Infrastructure Ministry, EU, Reuters, Thomson Locations: GENEVA, Italy, Libya, Europe, Augusta , Sicily, Augusta, Syria, Ethiopia, Mali, Rome
Containers of AstraZeneca (SKBio Corea) vaccines under the COVAX scheme against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are loaded onto a truck after arriving at the Mons. Many rich nations are expected to step aside voluntarily, but the planned policy change will also make it costlier for middle-income countries to take part. PUTTING THE POOREST FIRSTHowever, the poorest countries, mostly in Africa and Southeast Asia, will keep the same conditions, with little or no costs to buy vaccines. And that should have tangible benefits for the poorest countries. COVAX has raised nearly $10 billion, above its target for this year, and has begun receiving some surplus doses from rich nations.
Persons: SKBio Corea, Oscar Arnulfo, San Luis Talpa, Jose Cabezas, COVAX, Gavi, Kate Elder, Francesco Guarascio, Josephine Mason Organizations: AstraZeneca, Mons, International Airport, REUTERS, World Health Organization, WHO, Reuters, HOME, European Union, Sans Frontieres, Gavi, Thomson Locations: San Luis, El Salvador, America, Middle, BRUSSELS, Gavi, United States, Japan, Latin America, South Africa, Africa, Southeast Asia, India
A woman walks past graffiti inside the Ritsona camp for refugees and migrants, in Greece, June 15, 2021. Greece was the frontline of Europe's migration crisis in 2015, when a million refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan landed. Greece has been pushing EU countries for support over a proposed overhaul of EU migration rules. "We still feel we are alone - Greece, Italy, Spain, Malta and Cyprus, the five Mediterranean countries - in tackling the pressures from migration." Mitarachi said Greece granted asylum to qualified applicants but "we don't want to be the gateway to Europe for the smuggling networks".
Persons: Notis Mitarachi, Mitarachi, Christina Psarra, Amir, Emelia Sithole Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Europe's Human, Sans Frontieres, Thomson Locations: Greece, RITSONA, Europe, Lesbos, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Athens, Ritsona, Somalia, EU, Samos, Italy, Spain, Malta, Cyprus
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is undergoing a probe carried by the Congress on mismanagement of the pandemic. South America's largest country, previously renowned for demonstrating leadership during health crises, has become an international pariah amid the coronavirus pandemic. Brazil has recorded the highest coronavirus-related death toll in the world outside the U.S., is lagging in terms of vaccinations and is still without an effective and coordinated public health response to the outbreak. Flores told CNBC that all available public health measures should be stepped up "as soon as possible" and the country's vaccination campaign needs to be accelerated. He added that an effective testing and tracing system along with coherent guidance on public health restrictions must also be implemented.
Persons: Jair Bolsonaro, Anholete, Brazil's, Bolsonaro, Antonio Flores, MICHAEL DANTAS, Flores, Ilona Szabo, Carissa Etienne, Oliver Stuenkel, JOAO PAULO GUIMARAES, Donald, Trump, Narendra, Modi, Stuenkel Organizations: Getty, Getty Images, Brazil's, CNBC, Sans Frontieres, AFP, Igarape, Pan American Health Organization, Reuters, Getulio Vargas Foundation, Covid, Indian Locations: South America's, Brazil, U.S, Senhora, Manaus, Amazonas, Data, Chile, Americas, India, Sao Paulo, Moju, Para
CNN's efforts to reach Axum were thwarted by both Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers multiple times over several days. Ethiopian soldiers block CNN's path, threatening the team with detention. CNN was informed by aid agencies that they had also been turned back by Eritrean soldiers manning the same checkpoint. Ethiopian military sources in the region confirmed to CNN that Eritrean soldiers were in control of key checkpoints along the route to Axum. That report was corroborated by humanitarian workers in Tigray, who said they had "protection" issues around distributing aid in some areas as civilians were later robbed of the aid by Eritrean soldiers.
Persons: Biden, aren't, Abiy Ahmed, Antony Blinken, Ned Price, Blinken, Alex Platt, Mark Lowcock, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, gurney, Girmay, we're, Thomas Thompson, hadn't, Tigray's Abiy, Emily Dakin, Meskel, Hannibal, haltingly, Bethlehem, Gianluca Mezzofiore, Katie Polglase, Read Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Abiy, Ethiopian National Defence Force, Command, USAID, Eritrean Defence Forces, EDF, Sans Frontieres, Axum University, Referral Hospital, Referral, UN, Food, World Peace Foundation, Emergency, Tigray's, Axum Teaching Locations: Tigray, Tigray's, Mekelle, Axum, Africa, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Adigrat, Greenfield, Ethiopian, Chila, Hawzen, Samre, Mekele
LONDON — The U.S., Canada and U.K. are among some of the high-income countries actively blocking a patent-waiver proposal designed to boost the global production of Covid-19 vaccines. Members of the World Trade Organization will meet virtually in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday to hold informal talks on whether to temporarily waive intellectual property and patent rights on Covid vaccines and treatments. The landmark proposal, which was jointly submitted by India and South Africa in October, has been backed by more than 100 mostly developing countries. It aims to facilitate the manufacture of treatments locally and boost the global vaccination campaign. The urgency and importance of waiving certain intellectual property rights amid the pandemic have been underscored by the WHO, health experts, civil society groups, trade unions, former world leaders, international medical charities, Nobel laureates and human rights organizations.
Persons: Dr, Maria Guevara Organizations: World Health Organization, World Trade Organization, Sans Frontieres, WHO Locations: Covid, New Delhi, India, U.S, Canada, Geneva, Switzerland, South Africa, EU, Japan, Norway, Australia, Brazil
ABUJA (Reuters) - One army officer and 10 soldiers were killed in Nigeria’s Benue state in what a spokesman said was an unprovoked attack on Thursday. The violence in the restive Middle Belt region marked the latest bout of instability in Nigeria, Africa’s most-populous nation. Troops patrol in the Middle Belt due in part to clashes between farmers and nomadic cattle herders that have killed thousands and displaced half a million over the past decade, according to estimates from French medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres. Army spokesman Mohammed Yerima said the troops were initially declared missing while on a routine operational task, but a search-and-rescue team later found the bodies. Yerima did not immediately reply to further queries about the attack.
Persons: Africa’s, Mohammed Yerima, ” Yerima, Yerima Organizations: Reuters, Troops, Sans Frontieres Locations: ABUJA, Nigeria’s Benue, Nigeria
Aid workers believe tens of thousands of people fled the assault, which began on March 24. Some were also killed by crocodiles or perished in deep mud, according to a contractor whose employee witnessed both. Most communications to Palma were cut when the attack began and Reuters has not been able to independently verify witnesses’ accounts. A spokesman for Mozambique’s defence and security forces declined to comment on Saturday, while calls to the national police went unanswered. Clashes between the militants and government forces around Palma continued as recently as Friday, security sources told Reuters.
Persons: Luisa Jose, , , ” Jose, Jose Organizations: Islamic, Reuters, Sans Frontieres, Total Locations: PEMBA, Islamic State, Palma, Mozambique, Pemba, Cabo Delgado
Aid workers believe tens of thousands of people fled the assault, which began on March 24. Some were also killed by crocodiles or perished in deep mud, according to a contractor whose employee witnessed both. LEFT BEHINDMost communications to Palma were cut when the attack began, and Reuters has not been able to independently verify witnesses’ accounts. Mozambique’s government has said dozens were killed in the attack on Palma but the full scale of the casualties and displacement remains unclear. They are among thousands believed to be stranded in Quitunda, according to aid workers and diplomats.
Persons: Luisa Jose, , , ” Jose, Fato Abdula Ali, couldn’t, Jose Organizations: Islamic, REUTERS, Reuters, Palma, Sans Frontieres, France’s, Total Locations: PEMBA, Islamic State, Palma, Mozambique, Pemba, Cabo Delgado, South Africa, Quitunda
Graphic, unverified footage had surfaced of a mass killing near Dawit's hometown of Mahibere Dego, in a mountainous area of central Tigray. If the soldiers in the Mahibere Dego video are indeed Ethiopian National Defense Forces then it may be the first visual evidence of Ethiopia's involvement in war crimes. Amnesty International used 3D modeling software to match the footage to satellite imagery of the location outside Mahibere Dego. In freeze-frames of the footage, soldiers can be seen wearing uniforms with embroidered Ethiopian national flag patches on the shoulder and black "Ethiopian Army" stitching on the lapel. Dawit and other residents said Ethiopian troops had been fighting in another town nearby before coming to Mahibere Dego.
Persons: Dawit, Alula, he's, hasn't, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, CNN's, Stalin Gebreselassie, TMH, Gebreselassie, Sam Dubberley, Ela, Mahibere Dego, Mahibere Organizations: Tigrai Media, CNN, Ethiopian, Sans Frontieres, Eritrean, Ireland, Ethiopian National Defense Forces, YouTube, Google, Amnesty, Amnesty International, Ethiopian National Defense Force, Agence France, Presse Locations: Axum, Tigray, Dawit's, Mahibere, Mahibere Dego, Ethiopia, Ethiopia's Amhara, Eritrea, Mekelle, United States, Washington ,, Dego
MAPUTO (Reuters) - Portugal will send soldiers to Mozambique to help train the armed forces in its former colony, where authorities battling an Islamist insurgency searched for tens of thousands of civilians who fled an onslaught on the northern coastal gas town of Palma. Many of those fleeing are believed to have scattered into dense surrounding forest or to have attempted to escape by boat when Palma came under attack on Wednesday, aid workers told Reuters. The number of people displaced in the latest attack was likely to be in the tens of thousands, aid workers told Reuters. WFP had flown doctors into the Palma area and ferried hundreds of people to safety, including aid workers. Islamic State claimed the attack on Palma on Monday via its Amaq news agency.
Persons: Palma, Witnesses, , ” Lola Castro, , Jonathan Whittall, Cabo Delgado, Lusa, Castro, Lionel Dyck Organizations: Reuters, Food Programme, , Sans Frontieres, WFP, Advisory, AK, Islamic State, U.S Locations: MAPUTO, Portugal, Mozambique, Palma ., Palma, Cabo Delgado, , Cabo, Pemba, Tanzania, African,
ADEN (Reuters) - At least 13 people were killed and dozens more wounded in an attack on Aden airport on Wednesday moments after a plane landed carrying a newly formed Saudi-backed cabinet for government-held parts of Yemen. In the airport attack, loud blasts and gunfire were heard shortly after the plane arrived from Riyadh, witnesses said. Medecins Sans Frontieres aid group said 17 people had been treated for wounds at its hospital in Aden. “We and the members of the government are in the temporary capital of Aden and everyone is fine,” Maeen tweeted from Maasheq palace. “This unacceptable act of violence is a tragic reminder of the importance of bringing Yemen urgently back on the path towards peace.”
Persons: Aden’s, Maeen Abdulmalik, ” Maeen, Jaber, Yemenis, Abd, Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Riyadh’s, Martin Griffiths, , Organizations: Reuters, Sans Frontieres, Southern Transitional Council Locations: ADEN, Aden, Saudi, Yemen, Riyadh, Yemeni, Iran, Al Arabiya, U.N
ADEN (Reuters) - At least 20 people were killed and dozens wounded in an attack on Aden airport on Wednesday moments after a plane landed carrying a newly formed Saudi-backed cabinet for government-held parts of Yemen. In the airport attack, loud blasts and gunfire were heard shortly after the plane arrived from Riyadh, witnesses said. Medecins Sans Frontieres aid group earlier said 17 people had been treated for wounds at its hospital in Aden. “We and the members of the government are in the temporary capital of Aden and everyone is fine,” Maeen tweeted from Maasheq palace. Government officials were among the casualties in the airport attack, sources said.
Persons: Aden’s, Maeen Abdulmalik, Mohamed Robeid, ” Maeen, Jaber, Yemenis, Abd, Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Riyadh’s, Martin Griffiths, , Organizations: Reuters, Sans Frontieres, Southern Transitional Council Locations: ADEN, Aden, Saudi, Yemen, Riyadh, Yemeni, Iran, Al Arabiya, U.N
ADEN (Reuters) - At least 22 people were killed and dozens wounded in an attack on Aden airport on Wednesday, moments after a plane landed carrying a newly formed Saudi-backed cabinet for government-held parts of Yemen. In the airport attack, loud blasts and gunfire were heard shortly after the plane arrived from Riyadh, witnesses said. There was no immediate reaction from the Houthis, who denied responsibility for the airport attack. Government officials were among the casualties in the airport attack, sources said. One International Committee of the Red Cross staff member was killed in the airport attack and two were missing, ICRC Yemen said on Twitter.
Persons: Maeen Abdulmalik, Aden’s, Mohammad Said al, Jaber, ” Maeen, ” Jaber, Yemenis, Abd, Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Riyadh’s, Martin Griffiths, , ” Griffiths, Organizations: Reuters, Twitter, Sans Frontieres, ICRC, Red Cross, Southern Transitional Council Locations: ADEN, Aden, Saudi, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Riyadh, Yemeni, Al Arabiya, ICRC Yemen, U.N
Factbox: The violence and insecurity affecting Nigeria
  + stars: | 2020-12-15 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +4 min
FILE PHOTO: A collection of student footwears left behind after gunmen abducted students at the Government Science school in Kankara, in northwestern Katsina state, Nigeria December 13, 2020. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/File PhotoLast week’s abductions added to growing public anger over violence and insecurity across Africa’s most populous nation. Following are details on the violence affecting different regions. ISLAMIST INSURGENTS, NORTHEAST NIGERIABoko Haram and its Islamic State offshoot, Islamic State West Africa Province, have waged a decade-long insurgency in northeastern Nigeria. Late last month, Boko Haram killed scores of farmers, and beheaded some of them, in the Borno state.
Persons: Haram, footwears, Afolabi, Boko Haram, Organizations: Reuters, Government Science, REUTERS, Islamic, United Nations, Foreign Relations, Amnesty International, Amnesty, Sans Frontieres, International Maritime Bureau Locations: Nigeria’s, Katsina, Kankara, Nigeria, Africa’s, NIGERIA, Haram, Islamic State West Africa Province, New York, Borno, Lagos, Lekki, NIGER, Niger Delta, Gulf, Guinea
CNBC takes a look at some of the leading coronavirus vaccine candidates. The U.K., Canada, Australia and Chile have all bought at least 10 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. British pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca is developing its potential Covid-19 vaccine in collaboration with the University of Oxford. The vaccine candidate has secured a number of substantial deals with several countries. The U.K., Japan, Indonesia, Brazil, and Latin America excluding Brazil have all confirmed orders of at least 100 million doses.
Persons: Dogukan, BioNTech, Moderna, Monica Levi, Nelson Almeida, Johnson Organizations: U.S, Pfizer, German, Ankara University, Sina, Anadolu Agency, Getty, Sans Frontieres, CNBC, Moderna, Moderna Inc, Reuters, United Nations, Duke University's Global Health Innovation Centre, BioNTech, European Union, AstraZeneca, University of Oxford, Data, EU, Oxford, Financial, Specialized, AFP Locations: Ankara, Turkey, Europe, U.S, Moderna U.S, Covid, COVID, Canada, Switzerland, Kalamazoo , Michigan, Puurs, Belgium, Rhode Island , Texas, New Mexico, Tennessee, Japan, Australia, Chile, India, Indonesia, Brazil, America, Sao Paulo
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