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1. WHO Confirms 600 Cases of Ebola in Congo
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday confirmed that there are over 600 cases of Ebola in Congo.
The majority of new cases where recorded in cities and urban areas in Eastern North Kivu province, where an Ebola outbreak was previously declared in August.
However, it was reported that militia groups have been fighting for control over the country’s rich natural resources in the province, impeding efforts to tackle the epidemic in the nation.Mass protests that erupted in recent days over a delay in the results of the presidential elections held in Congo have also frustrated the work of aid workers.
“A hospital was attacked in city of Beni, for example, which resulted in fewer Ebola vaccines being handed out,’’ the WHO said.
The WHO added that a continued deterioration in security would undermine the fight against the life-threatening hemorrhagic fever.
According to the latest figures, 560 cases of Ebola have been confirmed and 48 other cases are considered likely.
“This Ebola outbreak is the second-worst ever recorded,’’ the WHO said.
2. Tuna Fish Sold For N1.1 Billion
The owner of a Japanese sushi restaurant chain on Saturday paid more than $3 million for a bluefin tuna in the Japan New Year tuna auction at Tokyo’s new fish market.
Kiyoshi Kimura, who owns the Sushizanmai chain, paid 333.6 million yen (£2.5 million) for the 278kg fish.
“The tuna looks so tasty and very fresh, but I think I did too much,” Kimura had said to reporters.
“I expected it would be between 30 million and 50 million yen, or 60 million yen at the highest, but it ended up five times more.” he announced.
Saturday’s event was the first New Year auction of the Toyosu market, after the popular Tsukiji fish market was shut last year to provide temporary parking for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
Kimura had held the record for top price paid for a single fish at the new year’s auction for six straight years until 2017. But last year, the owner of a different fish restaurant chain paid the highest price.
3. Saudi Woman Held at Bangkok Airport
A Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport said she would be killed if she was repatriated by Thai immigration officials, who confirmed the 18-year-old was denied entry to the country on Sunday.
The incident comes against the backdrop of serious scrutiny on Saudi Arabia over its investigation and handling of the shocking murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year, which has renewed criticism of the kingdom’s rights record.
Rahaf Mohammed M Alqunun said she was stopped by Saudi and Kuwaiti officials when she arrived in Suvarnabhumi airport and her travel document was forcefully taken from her.
“They took my passport,” she said, adding that her male guardian had reported her for traveling “without his permission”.
Rahaf said she was trying to flee her family, who subjected her to physical and psychological abuse. “My family is strict and locked me in a room for six months just for cutting my hair,” she said, adding that she is certain she will be imprisoned if she is sent back. “I’m sure 100 percent they will kill me as soon as I get out of the Saudi jail,” she said, adding that she was “scared” and “losing hope”.
4. Malaysia King Resigns, Allegedly Marries Russian Ex-Beauty Queen
Malaysia’s king has been reported to have abdicated his throne and married a Russian ex-beauty queen.
Sultan Muhammad V’s decision has marked the first time a king has abdicated in the Muslim-majority country since gaining independence from Britain in 1957. No reason was cited for this unexpected turn of events.
“The National Palace informs that his majesty had resigned as the 15th king effective January 6,” said a statement from the palace.
Reports then circulated online that he had married a former Miss Moscow in Russia, although royal officials in Malaysia have so far not commented on the rumours.
Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, with an unique arrangement where the throne changes hands every five years between rulers of the nine Malaysian states headed by centuries-old Islamic royalty.
5. A Woman in Coma Gives Birth,Police Investigates Sexual Assault
A woman who has been in comma for nearly ten years but awake, immobile, and apparently unaware of her surrounding in a Phoenix Hacienda Health Care facility where she receives round-the-clock care reportedly went into labour.
Just few days before Christmas, she was moaning, a source said. “And they didn’t know what was wrong with her. . . . None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth.”
On Dec. 29, with help from one of the facility’s nurses, the patient gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
The police are now investigating a case of sexual assault on a vulnerable individual.
6. DR Congo Delays Announcing Presidential Election Results
Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say the announcement of the results of the presidential election has been postponed.
Corneille Nangaa, the CENI Chairman said that the results of the December 30 election will not be made public on Sunday as expected.
He said the official electoral commission will confirm the delay later in the day.
The postponement in announcing the results is expected to increase tensions in the African state.
The Catholic church, an influential voice in the country urged the electoral commission to announce accurate results.
The government has already cut internet access across the country to prevent any speculation on social media about who might have won the election.
7. Chinese Rover Begins Exploring Far Side of the Moon
A lunar rover has begun exploring the terrain in the world’s first mission on the far side of the moon.
Jade Rabbit 2 drove off a slope and on to the soft, snow-like surface after a Chinese spacecraft made the first soft landing on the moon’s far side.
A photo posted online by China’s space agency showed tracks left by the rover as it headed away from the spacecraft. Observations showed that the surface is soft and it is similar to that when you are walking on the snow.
“It’s a small step for the rover, but one giant leap for the Chinese nation,” Wu Weiren, the chief designer of the Lunar Exploration Project, had announced.
“This giant leap is a decisive move for our exploration of space and the conquering of the universe.”
8. Ellen DeGeneres Wades in on Kevin Hart & Oscars Gone Wrong
Early last month we were all in shock following the sudden announcement from Kevin Hart that he would no longer be hosting this year’s Oscars.
It came just two days after Kevin revealed he had bagged his dream gig and took to Instagram to tell his followers that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave him an ultimatum: choose between apologizing for homophobic tweets he made in the past or losing the job.
Ellen DeGeneres tried to convince Kevin Hart to host the Oscars in spite of Oscar’s condition.
However, the Night School actor said that the tweets were from nearly a decade ago and that he would not be apologizing for them.
It is yet to be confirmed who will host the 91st Academy Awards which are set to take place next month.
9. El-Sisi to Inaugurate Egyptian Coptic Cathedral after Bomb Attack
On Sunday evening President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt was due to inaugurate the Cathedral of Nativity in Egypt’s new administrative capital, 45 kilometers east of Cairo amid heavy security, a day after a deadly bomb blast occured near the Church of Virgin Mary.
Security forces have been deployed at the gate of the new administrative capital and along the road leading to the cathedral.
Access to the place of worship is only to be allowed after passing through at least three metal detecting gates.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Saturday’s explosion on the eastern edge of Cairo that killed a policeman who was trying to defuse the device and wounded two others.
Coptic Christians, who account for around 10 percent of Egypt’s population, have been hit by a string of attacks by the Daesh group in recent years.
10. China’s Population to Reach Highest Point in 2029
China’s population will peak in 2029 at 1.44 billion before beginning a period of “unstoppable” decline, a government report has announced.
The China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) study says the country must implement policies to handle a smaller workforce and an older population.
Both changes combined could cause “very unfavourable social and economic consequences”, the report says.
Latest UN estimates say China has a population of 1.41 billion.
In 2015 the world’s most populous country ended its one-child policy in a bid to tackle the problems.
The study appears in CASS’s Green Book of Population and Labour.
Working population numbers were now stagnating, it said, with a low fertility rate set to cause further issues.
By the middle of the century, China’s population is expected to drop to 1.36 billion, a fall in the labour force of close to 200 million.