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WHO: Polio reemerging in Africa

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) said earlier today that polio has reemerged in several countries in Africa. WHO Africa regional director Luis Gomes Sambo made the announcement at the beginning of a Zimbabwe conference regarding child immunisation.

“Several polio-free countries have suffered setback in polio eradication. The number of countries with polio outbreaks following wild poliovirus importations has increased from thirteen to nineteen in 2009,” Sambo commented.

He also added that “we need better management of the available resources for immunization, human resources, technologies and we need increased funding to improve the capacity of governments to purchase vaccines and we need also greater mobilization of people. We need to inform people that to bring their people to vaccination campaigns.”

The Zimbabwe conference takes place at a time when there has been a considerable decline of under-five mortality in the region. Sambo, however, said that sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 51% of all under-five deaths globally in 2008. At this rate, he noted, Africa cannot achieve the fourth UN Millennium Development Goal to reduce under-five mortality rate by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015.

The countries that have had increases in polio included Angola, Chad, and Democratic Republic of the Congo. The WHO attributed the rise mostly to lack of immunisations. The agency estimates that 75% of children on the continent receive vaccines, and has said it will try to raise the number to 85%.



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Two killed as Islamic militants storm Philippine jail

Two killed as Islamic militants storm Philippine jail

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At least 31 inmates are believed to have escaped and a further two, including a prison guard, killed after a group of up to one hundred Islamic militants stormed a prison in Isabela City on Basilan island in the southern Philippines. The escapees are believed to be affiliated with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, of whom two are thought to be responsible for the decapitation of a group of soldiers in 2007.

The attack occurred shortly before 02:00 local time and Al Rasheed Sakalahul, Vice Governor is quoted as saying that “more than half the inmates […] had escaped”. Following the attack, a brief firefight ensued in which a guard and a rebel were killed. Sakalahul went on to say “there is a pursuit operation to get back the escapees. We still don’t know how the gunmen were able to spring out the prisoners. There is an ongoing investigation.” Of those killed, one was a prison guard and the other was a rebel, both killed in the firefight which followed the break in.

The incident is the third of its type on the island of Basilan in the last five years.



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Maori flag to fly along side the New Zealand Flag on Waitangi day

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has announced that Cabinet decided on Monday that the controversial Maori sovereignty flag Tino Rangatiratang from 2010 is to be to be flown on New Zealand’s national day, Waitangi Day on Auckland Harbour Bridge, Premier House, Parliament and other significant sites controlled by the Government.

Cquote1.svg Cabinet today accepted Dr Sharples’ recommendation that this flag be flown on Waitangi Day at significant sites such as the Auckland Harbour Bridge and Government buildings Cquote2.svg

—Prime Minister Hon John Key

This follows consultation lead by Maori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples with Maori about what Maori flag should be flown on Waitangi Day. Mr Key says that “More than 1200 submissions were received and 80 per cent favoured the flag commonly referred to as the ‘tino rangatiratanga’ flag as the preferred Maori flag”.

The Prime Minister stressed that “the Maori flag will not replace the New Zealand flag, but fly alongside it, to recognise the partnership the Crown and Maori entered into when signing the Treaty of Waitangi” and that no changes are being made to the status of the New Zealand flag. Furthermore, Dr Sharples added that the New Zealand flag remains the symbol of the nation, and there is no intention to change this.

While the Prime Minister comments that flying the Maori flag is a step towards better race relations, already the choice of flag is proving to be a point of contention. While Dr Sharples has admitted that the choice of flag was not universally supported in Cabinet, with government MPs such as Nationals Tau Henare refusing to comment on whether they personally supported the choice.

Cquote1.svg Flying the Maori flag symbolises the Crown-Maori relationship” which has grown out of the Treaty of Waitangi Cquote2.svg

—Maori Affairs Minister Hon Dr Pita Sharples

Waitangi day is on February 6, each year and celebrates the Waitangi signing of New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi).



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Guantanamo inmates to be transferred to Illinois

Guantanamo inmates to be transferred to Illinois

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The White House is expected to announce today that some of the inmates from the United States’ controversial detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba are to be relocated to a prison facility, to be acquired by the Federal Government, on the US mainland.

The Thomson Correctional Center in north-western Illinois is expected to accommodate around 100 prisoners from the Cuba base. The closure of the camp is a key policy for US President Barack Obama and an unnamed White House official is quoted as saying “Closing the detention centre at Guantanamo is essential to protecting our national security and helping our troops by removing a deadly recruiting tool from the hands of al-Qaeda”. Thomson prison, in Thomson, Illinois, approximately 150 miles from Chicago, is expected to be sold to the Federal Bureau of Prisons and, in turn, part leased to the Department of Defense will hold both federal prisoners and detainees from Guantanamo in the same facility.

Illinois State Governor Patrick J. Quinn and Richard J. Durbin, the state’s senior senator, are expected to be briefed about the plan at the White House this (Tuesday) afternoon. Both Democrats, the senators have previously campaigned for the prisoners to be located in Thomson in the hope that it would bring jobs to the local economy as well as making use of a near empty prison complex. However, Republican congressmen for Illinois, Representatives Mark Steven Kirk and Donald Manzullo have expressed skepticism, claiming the move could make Illinois a target for terrorism.



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Cyclone Mick wreaks havoc on Fiji

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Cyclone Mick, the first storm of the 2009–10 South Pacific cyclone season, has left at least four people dead after battering Fiji on Monday.

The storm inflicted widespread damage throughout the nation, although the island of Viti Levu bore the brunt of the impact. At the height of the storm, wind gusts of 110 km/h (70 mph) blew across the island.

Mick forced thousands into shelters and cut power to a large portion of the country. It triggered severe flooding and uprooted countless trees, and some residents are still without power.

“There’s a lot of damage,” said Tim Sutton, a spokesman for UNICEF. “Lots of trees down, power lines down everywhere, all the roads around Viti Levu are still closed with flooding and landslides.” He described the cyclone as “very vicious”.

Although the storm itself has been downgraded and has started to dissipate, officials say that the death toll could increase as contact is established with some of the smaller islands. However, advanced warnings likely reduced the number of fatalities.

On a lighter note, an emergency group of surgeons delivered seven babies during the cyclone’s onslaught.



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At least eight die in Afghan capital suicide bombing

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At least eight people have died in the Afghan capital Kabul after a suicide bombing hit the Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic and governmental residential district, according to officials.

The car bomb exploded this morning outside the Heetal Hotel shortly before the start of a three-day conference on corruption in the capital, killing at least eight. President Hamid Karzai said that the dead included two bodyguards of former vice-president Ahmad Zia Massoud. The former vice-president’s house was damaged, and police suspect that he may have been the intended target of the attack.

Kabul has suffered many attacks in recent months. Last month, a rocket strike near a hotel in the capital injured four people, and another car bomb attack outside a NATO base injured six.



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At least 22 killed in blast in central Pakistan

At least 22 killed in blast in central Pakistan

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A car bomb has killed at least 22 people and injured 70 injured in Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan according to local officials. The bomb exploded in a market in the town in the central Punjab province.

“The whole market has collapsed,” said local resident Raza Khan to the Associated Press news agency. “There is smoke and people running here and there.”

According to district health officer Dr Pervez Haider Altaf, rescuers were searching for survivors. Officials have declared a state of emergency. “The hospital in the town has been crowded by the people looking for their relatives. Rescue efforts are still going on,” he said.

The town commissioner, Hassan Ibqal also spoke of the rescue attempts. “There are many people trapped in the rubble after the powerful blast demolished some 10 shops […] The rescue work is under way and we fear the toll may go up,” he said, blaming the attacks on terrorists. “It was a terrorist activity, similar to those being carried out in other parts of the country.” he added.

The attack also damaged the house of Zulfiqar Khosa, the Punjabi chief minister’s adviser, although he was not hurt. It is unclear whether he was the intended target of the attack. So far no group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.



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