Yemen blames Houthis for polio resurgence

Yemen blames Houthis for polio resurgence
A Yemeni child is inoculated against polio during an immunization campaign at a health center on August 15, 2015. (File/AFP)
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Updated 21 September 2020

Yemen blames Houthis for polio resurgence

Yemen blames Houthis for polio resurgence
  • Yemen was previously declared polio-free in 2006

DUBAI: Yemen’s National Emergency Committee have blamed the Houthis for the resurgence of the disease, polio, in militia-controlled areas of Sa’ada and Hajjah, saying they prevented vaccination teams from operating there, state news agency Saba News reported.
Yemen was previously declared polio-free in 2006.
The committee urged the United Nations and its agencies to put pressure on Houthis in order to enable vaccination and immunization teams to do their jobs.
It also ordered the Ministry of Public Health and Population to intensify vaccination campaigns and confirm the number of the registered polio cases.


Macron rules out official apology for colonial abuses in Algeria

Macron rules out official apology for colonial abuses in Algeria
Updated 20 January 2021

Macron rules out official apology for colonial abuses in Algeria

Macron rules out official apology for colonial abuses in Algeria
  • There will “no repentance nor apologies” for the occupation of Algeria or the bloody eight-year war that ended 132 years of French rule, Macron’s office said
PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron has ruled out issuing an official apology for abuses in Algeria, his office said Wednesday, ahead of a major report on how France is facing up to its colonial past in the country.
There will “no repentance nor apologies” for the occupation of Algeria or the bloody eight-year war that ended 132 years of French rule, Macron’s office said, adding that the French leader would instead undertake a number of “symbolic acts” aimed at promoting reconciliation.