UN chief Antonio Guterres issues ‘alert’ to the world

As year 2017 winds down, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has issued what he termed “a red alert for the world” ahead of the year 2018.

The UN chief, in a New Year message, expressed regret that in 2017, the world went in reverse to the appeal for peace.

He said that when he assumed office one year ago, he had appealed for 2017 to be a year for peace.

Mr. Guterres said: “On New Year’s Day 2018, I am not issuing an appeal. I am issuing an alert – a red alert for our world.

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New WHO chief, Ghebreyesus, takes office

Tedros Ghebreyesus, who was recently elected the World Health Organization’s, WHO Director-General, resumed for a 5 years term Saturday.

Mr. Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian medical doctor, was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia and is the first African to occupy the position.

He was elected with the highest vote in May during the 70th World Health Assembly, defeating two other candidates vying for the position.

It was also the first time the health assembly selected a director-general from among multiple candidates.

There had been fears that Mr. Ghebreyesus would not get enough votes to become the D-G as there had been a political drama in Geneva which caused tension among health experts, who feared politics could outweigh accountability and experience.

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U.S. intelligence chief resigns

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U.S. Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has told a congressional panel that he has submitted his letter of resignation.

Clapper told the U.S. House Intelligence Committee that “it felt pretty good”.

The 75-year-old top American spy had been expected to step aside, as President-elect,
Donald Trump, prepares to appoint his own officials.

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