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South South APC chairmen write Buhari, endorse Omo-Agege for deputy senate president

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The six Chairmen of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South South have endorsed the candidacy of Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege for the position of deputy senate president in the 9th assembly.

The chairmen made their position known in a letter written to President Muhammadu Buhari dated May 3 and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.

The party’s Chairmen in Delta, Jones Erue; Bayelsa, Jothan Lalabunafa; Cross River, John Ochala; Akwa Ibom, Ini Okopido; Rivers, Ojukaye Amachree and Edo, Anslem Ojezua, signed the letter which copied the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole’s office.

They thanked Buhari for “granting the region the privilege of producing the next deputy senate president of the Nigerian Senate.’’

According to them, we assure you that this gesture will help in strengthening our party in the South-South.

“We the people of the South-South geo-political zone of the Federal Republic of Nigeria herein represented by the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairmen in the six (6) states of the South-South geo-political zone congratulate you on your victory at the presidential elections.

“As we earnestly await your swearing-in on May 29, we wish to make our humble request on the zoning arrangement for the 9th assembly.

“After a careful look at the political dynamics in our geo-political zone and the zoning formula that your emergence has bestowed on us a people, we have taken cognizance of the senators who will represent the South-South in the 9th Senate, both their antecedents, background and suitability for the position sought.

“With a sense of responsibility, we do hereby convey to you our agreement to endorse Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege for the position of deputy senate president of the 9th assembly.

“Our choice has been majorly influenced (but not limited) by his loyalty to the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Your Excellency, the President and Commander in Chief; his proven capacity to support the president in the senate in executing your far-reaching programmes for the benefit of the Nigerian citizens,’’ they said.

According to them, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege had in recent past made sacrifices in the course of his very robust defense of executive bills and positions.

“The South-South region which we represent is not unmindful of it role in the emerging political dynamics of our dear country and the need for our great party to consolidate it presence thereto.

“In conclusion, Your Excellency we wish to thank you immensely for all the support and encouragement you have offered the South-South since the beginning of this administration,’’ they said.

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South Sudan denies offering Egyptian military base bordering Ethiopia

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South Sudan on Thursday denied recent allegations that Juba agreed to offer the Egyptian military base in the Pagak area of northern Upper Nile bordering Ethiopia.

“The ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation hereby denies in the strongest terms possible, the information which has been circulated in the social media that the government of South Sudan has agreed to Egyptian request to build a military base in Pagak,” it said in a statement issued in Juba.

This came in the wake of media reports on Tuesday alleging that Juba will host the Egyptian military in Pagak area, which used to be the headquarters of the then rebel group Sudan People’s Liberation Army-in opposition (SPLA-IO) led by Riek Machar, who is now First Vice President in the transitional unity government.

“There is nothing of that kind, no agreement has been reached whatsoever to allocate a piece of land for Egyptian military base in the territory of the Republic of South Sudan,”

Egypt and Ethiopia are in dispute over Addis Ababa’s construction of the 6,000-MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Cairo fears that the GERD’s construction on the Blue Nile in northern Ethiopian highlands will disrupt Egypt’s share of the Nile‘s water.

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Heavy rains, floods leave 10 killed in southeastern Yemen: official

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At least 10 people were killed and several others injured during heavy seasonal rains and floods that hit Yemen’s southeastern province during the past 24 hours, a government official told Xinhua on Thursday.

According to the local government official who preferred to remain anonymous, “the heavy seasonal rain began late Wednesday and caused flash floodings that killed at least seven people in Hadramout and three others in the neighboring province of Shabwa.”

“Dozens of houses and civilian vehicles were flooded and livestock were washed away during the heavy seasonal rains continued throughout Thursday morning,” the source said.

He pointed out that “military helicopters of the government forces intervened to rescue several families trapped in their villages by the flooding.”

Yemen’s National Meteorological Center issued a statement on Wednesday expecting the continuation of heavy seasonal rains and thunderstorms during the upcoming hours and warned citizens to stay away from flood ducts.

The center also asked the Yemeni citizens living in mud houses in Hadramout to take necessary precautions in order to ensure their safety.

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South, Southeast Asia on high alert as countries continue to witness spikes of COVID-19 cases

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The spread of the coronavirus has been accelerating in South and Southeast Asia on Thursday as India reported 9,304 more positive cases and a peak could still be weeks away in the world‘s second-most populous country, while Malaysia recorded its biggest daily jump of 277 new infections.

India’s health ministry Thursday morning announced 260 new deaths and 9,304 new positive cases during the past 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 6,075 and total cases to 216,919.

“We are very far away for the peak,” said Nivedita Gupta, official of the government-run Indian Council of Medical Research. Government officials have previously said it could be later this month.

Malaysia reported 277 new cases, the highest daily number to date, pushing the national total to 8,247.

Health ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said at a press briefing that 270 of the new cases are foreign nationals detained at an immigration detention center on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.

Of the remaining 1,573 active cases, six are currently being held in intensive care and two of those are in need of assisted breathing. No new deaths have been reported, leaving the total deaths at 115.

Bangladesh confirmed 35 more fatalities from the virus, bringing the country’s death toll to 781, and an addition 2,423 positive cases were reported, taking the total to 57,563.

Also during the last 24 hours, 571 more patients were released from hospitals and clinics, bringing the number of recovered patients in the country to 12,161.

In the Philippines, the number of coronavirus cases surged to 20,382 after the Department of Health reported 634 more infections.

The number of recoveries further climbed to 4,248 after 95 more patients have recovered, and the death toll also increased to 984 after 10 more patients have died from the virus.

The confirmed cases in Indonesia rose by 585 within one day to 28,818, and the death toll increased by 23 to 1,721.

A total of 486 more people had been discharged from hospitals, making the total number of recovered patients to 8,892.

Thailand witnessed 17 new infections, bringing the total cases to 3,101.

All of the new cases were Thais staying in quarantine after returning from the Middle East.

The death toll remains at 58, and 2,968 patients have recovered.

South Korea reported 39 more cases compared to 24 hours ago as of 0:00 a.m. Thursday local time, raising the total number of infections to 11,629.

The daily caseload stayed above 30 for four straight days due to small cluster infections from religious gatherings in the metropolitan area.

New Zealand recorded no new case for 13 consecutive days, with the combined total of confirmed and probable cases staying at 1,504, Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said on Thursday.

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South Africa eases lockdown level

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A horse rider practices at a horseback riding site in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 3, 2020. South Africa imposed the lockdown on March 27 to curb the spread of COVID-19. The lockdown was lowered from level five to level four on May 1, and again eased to level three on June 1. (Xinhua/Chen Cheng)

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WHO especially worried about Central and South America: WHO chief

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World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday said that his organization is especially worried about Central and South America, where many countries are witnessing accelerating epidemics.

He said during a virtual press conference that more than 100,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported to WHO for each of the past five days, and the Americas continues to account for the most cases.

“For several weeks, the number of cases reported each day in the Americas has been more than the rest of the world put together,” he said.

WHO continues to work through our regional and country offices to monitor the pandemic, to support countries to respond, and to adapt our guidance for every situation,” he added.

According to the latest WHO figure, globally as of Wednesday afternoon, there have been 6,287,771 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 379,941 deaths, reported to WHO.

The United States of America remains the hardest-hit country by the virus, with a total of 1,798,330 confirmed cases and 105,008 deaths being reported to WHO. Brazil, the second on the list in terms of the confirmed cases, has so far reported 526,447 infections with 29,937 deaths.

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IOM partners with South Sudan to enhance COVID-19 border surveillance

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Wednesday that it has entered into a partnership with the South Sudanese government and other United Nations agencies to ramp up surveillance at the country’s borders to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The UN migration agency said a joint team led by government officials recently completed assessment on the establishment of an entry point in Wunthou, Renk, a county bordering the Blue Nile state of Sudan.

“Renk is an important and busy trade and humanitarian corridor,” Jean-Philippe Chauzy, IOM South Sudan‘s chief of mission, said in a statement issued in Juba.

With 40 to 50 trucks moving across the border each week, Renk has proven to be an important trading hub and is vital to the humanitarian aid lifeline connecting South Sudan and Sudan, Chauzy said.

“As a first step and before establishing a fully-fledged point of entry, infection prevention and control measures such as the installation of handwashing stations must be in place as well as proper management of suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19,” he said.

Chauzy said the team assessed the preparedness and capacity to carry out border management, and found that protracted disputes over demarcation between Sudan and South Sudan due to lack of shared intelligence, leaving movement across the borders uncoordinated.

Zacharia Modi, director of public health in the ministry of health, said: “It is an important step to ensure that while we keep borders open for essentials and humanitarian relief, we do so while taking precautions that protect the public from COVID-19 transmission.”

Modi noted the need to strengthen the capacities of local authorities, frontline officers and local partners in responding to the pandemic, including improving the current infrastructure that is not yet adequate to respond to the health crisis.

“We are very pleased that this joint assessment with the International Organization for Migration and other partners took place,” Modi said.

South Sudan has 1,317 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with six recoveries and 14 deaths, as of Tuesday.

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Five killed in renewed South Sudan violence

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At least five people were killed in South Sudan’s capital Juba during renewed violence that erupted Wednesday morning, the presidential spokesperson said.

The presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny said four men and one woman died in the shooting incident, which broke out in the Sherikat neighborhood.

The latest violence was sparked by wrangles over a disputed piece of land.

“The killing of five people is a very serious criminal act and the perpetrators must be punished. Our sympathy to the families of the victims,” Ateny said in a statement issued in Juba

Ateny said the South Sudanese leader was saddened by the loss of lives, adding that perpetrators would be punished.

“The president condemns this in the strongest terms possible and has directed authorities to investigate the incident and press charges against the perpetrators,” Ateny said.

Relative calm has since returned to Juba after tribal and government authorities intervened to stop hundreds of rioting youth who earlier blocked roads with barricades and burning tires.

Ateny said one suspect, believed to be a distant relative of President Kiir, was arrested during the clashes.

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Roadside bomb blast kills 9 civilians in southern Afghanistan

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Nine Afghan civilians were killed and five others wounded after their vehicle touched off a Taliban roadside bomb in southern Kandahar province on Wednesday, local police said.

“The incident occurred in Khoshak locality of Arghistan district at mid-day. The injured were shifted to a district hospital,” Jamal Barakzai, provincial police spokesman, told Xinhua.

He blamed Taliban militants for planting the improvised explosive device (IED) on the dusty road in the province, 450 km south of the country’s capital, Kabul.

The Afghan civilians continue to bear the brunt of armed conflicts as more than 3,400 civilians were killed and over 6,900 others injured in conflict-related incidents in 2019, according to the figures released by the UN mission in the country.

Out of the total casualties, more than 880 civilians were killed and over 3,450 others wounded in suicide and non-suicide IED explosions in 2019.

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases mounting in South, Southeast Asia as India total infections surpass 200,000

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South and Southeastern Asian countries continued to report spikes in COVID-19 cases Wednesday as India recorded its highest daily increase of 8,909 new cases, bringing the total to cross the 200,000 mark.

The number of confirmed cases rose to 207,615 in India, and the death toll reached 5,815, said the federal health ministry.

As many as 217 new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, added the ministry’s data.

Bangladesh reported 2,695 more positive cases, bringing the total to 55,140.

A total of 37 deaths including 28 men and nine women were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 746.

In Indonesia, the total cases rose by 684 within one day to 28,233, and the death toll increased by 35 to 1,698.

The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines surged to 19,748 after the Department of Health reported 751 more infections.

The number of recoveries further climbed to 4,153 after 90 more patients have recovered, and the death toll also increased to 974 after eight more deaths were reported.

Malaysia recorded 93 newly-confirmed cases, pushing the national total to 7,970.

Health ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said at a press briefing that all the new cases are local transmissions, with 91 being foreign nationals and two are locals.

No new deaths had been reported, with the total standing at 115.

The Afghan Ministry of Public Health confirmed 758 new cases, bringing to 17,267 the total number of patients in the country.

Twenty-four patients died within the period, taking the death toll to 294.

South Korea reported 49 more cases compared to 24 hours ago as of 0:00 a.m. Wednesday local time, raising the total number of infections to 11,590.

The daily caseload stayed above 30 for three straight days due to small cluster infections from religious gatherings in the metropolitan area.

One more death was confirmed, leaving the death toll at 273.

South Korea unveiled the country’s biggest-ever supplementary budget plan Wednesday to tackle an economic fallout from the pandemic.

The extra budget plan worth 35.3 trillion won (28.5 billion U.S. dollars) will be submitted to the National Assembly for approval, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

In New Zealand, restrictions on businesses will be removed under COVID-19 Alert Level 1, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern explained the details as New Zealanders are seeing their lives returning to normal.

The country reported no new cases for 12 consecutive days.

The decision to move down to Alert Level 1 will be made on June 8, Ardern said, adding it was possible that New Zealand could move down to Alert Level 1 by June 10.

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