Reparations draw UN scrutiny, but those who'd pay say little
More than a year after Black Lives Matter protests launched a worldwide reckoning about the centuries of racism that Black people continue to face, reparations emerged — unevenly — as a high-profile issue at this year’s largest gathering of world leaders.
'Vaccine apartheid': Africans tell UN they need vaccines
The inequity of COVID-19 vaccine distribution came into sharp focus Thursday as many of the African countries whose populations have little to no access to the life-saving shots stepped to the podium to speak at the U.N.’s annual meeting of world leaders.
South Africa's leader vows to restore order, catch plotters
South Africa's leader went to Johannesburg's Soweto township Sunday to view badly damaged shopping centers where people were trampled to death in rioting sparked by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma. President Cyril Ramaphosa toured the Ndofaya Mall in the Meadowlands part of Soweto, where at least 10 people died in the ransacking. The protests quickly escalated to a weeklong spree of violence, South Africa's worst rioting since the country achieved majority rule democracy in 1994.news.yahoo.com
Vaccine technology transfer center to open in South Africa
The head of the World Health Organization says the U.N. organization is in talks to create the first-ever technology transfer hub for coronavirus vaccines in South Africa, a move to boost supply to the continent desperately in need of COVID-19 jabs.
After G-7, Biden says he’s reestablishing US credibility
President Joe Biden says the U.S. has restored its presence on the world stage, as he has used his first overseas trip to connect with a new generation of leaders from some of the world’s most powerful countries and more closely unite allies around addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and China’s trade and labor practices.
South Africa returns to stricter lockdown, virus 'surging'
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday that his country will return to stricter lockdown measures in the face of a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases that indicate the virus is “surging again” in Africa's worst-affected nation. Positive cases in South Africa in the past seven days were 31% higher than the week before, and 66% higher than the week before that, Ramaphosa said in a live TV address. “We do not yet know how severe this wave will be or for how long it will last,” Ramaphosa said.news.yahoo.com
Ramaphosa denies wrong in raising election campaign funds
Ramaphosa was testifying Thursday, his second day before the judicial inquiry investigating allegations of corruption in government and state-owned companies during the tenure of his predecessor, former president Jacob Zuma. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is chairman of the commission.news.yahoo.com
"Vaccine nationalism" disputes threaten European nations' COVID-19 vaccine supplies
London — Disputes over the production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines are threatening supplies between the United Kingdom and the European Union, as some world leaders accuse wealthy countries of hoarding doses. The EU also demanded that vaccine companies provide early notification before they export vaccine doses to third countries, raising the possibility of holding back supplies for themselves. "The European Union will take any action required to protect its citizens and rights," EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said. Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa criticized what he called "vaccine nationalism." As the number of coronavirus cases and deaths continue to climb, embargoes on the shipment of vaccine doses across borders threaten to prolong, or even worsen the global pandemic.cbsnews.com
UN chief warns leaders pandemic may cause historic famine
South Africa is struggling to balance its fight against the coronavirus with its dire need to resume economic activity. The country with the Africas most developed economy also has its highest number of infections more than 19,000. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, file)TANZANIA The U.N. chief on Thursday warned the largest gathering of world leaders since the coronavirus pandemic began that it will cause unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world, with historic levels of hunger and famine and up to 1.6 billion people unable to earn a living unless action is taken now. Nearly 50 world leaders spoke by video at the event along with economic experts, including the heads of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. African leaders also support Gutteres' call for economic relief worth at least 10% of global GDP, which would mean over $200 billion in additional support for Africa.
Hypocrisy gone viral? Officials set bad COVID-19 examples
From U.S. President Donald Trump to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, global decision-makers have frequently set bad examples, whether it's refusing to wear masks or breaking confinement rules aimed at protecting their citizens from COVID-19. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said normally she would fire Clark but that the country couldnt afford massive disruption in its health sector while it was fighting the virus. He and others didnt wear masks during those meetings, and Putin also didnt cover his face for events marking Nazi Germanys defeat in World War II. The prime minister has respected all guidelines, according to a statement read by a spokesman. And as such the prime minister was with her during her last night."
2-day-old baby dies of COVID-19 in South Africa
(CNN) A two-day-old baby has died of coronavirus-related conditions in South Africa, the government said Thursday. The baby was born preterm with lung difficulties and had to put on a ventilator, according to a statement from the health ministry. "The mother had tested positive for COVID-19, and the child subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 as well. The baby is among the 27 coronavirus deaths announced Wednesday, bringing the total number to 339, according to the ministry. With more than 18,000 cases, South Africa has the highest number of coronavirus patients on the continent.
South African president calls for arrests in xenophobic attacks
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the arrest of those involved in a spate of attacks targeting foreign-owned businesses in the country. PRETORIA, South Africa - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the arrest of those involved in a spate of attacks targeting foreign-owned businesses in the country. He said there was no justification for the attacks and warned that violence on foreign businesses could trigger xenophobic attacks against South Africans living abroad. "There can be no justification for any South African to attack people from other countries." South African truck drivers took part in a nationwide strike on Sunday and Monday, protesting against the employment of foreigners in the industry.