Bob’s post a publicity stunt?
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe served a short ambassadorial term for the World Health Organisation (WHO). His position was rescinded after a global backlash about Mugabe’s human rights infringements. However, his government believes that the appointment and sudden cancellation was a publicity stunt. The WHO “is the biggest loser” and “has benefited enormously”, said Zimbabwe’s minister of foreign affairs. The debate has given the WHO unprecedented publicity as world leaders and opposition parties responded to the appointment.
Fair play meets first aid
Togolese football player Francis Koné was celebrated at the Fifa awards for saving the life of a fellow player, Bohemian goalkeeper Martin Berkovec, who was knocked unconscious in a collision with a teammate. Koné said: “I can’t stand there … without doing something. I just can’t.” His quick thinking prevented Berkovec from choking. This was the fourth time that Koné has administered first aid during a football match.
Egypt’s human rights in focus
Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Reporters without Borders and the France-based International Federation for Human Rights have gathered in Paris to highlight human rights abuses in Egypt. The rights groups spoke at a news conference on Monday, the day before French President Emmanuel Macron was due to welcome Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Bénédicte Jeannerod, the head of Human Rights Watch in France, urged Macron to “refuse to continue France’s disgraceful policies of indulgence towards al-Sisi’s repressive government”.
Wi-fi to fly high in Ethiopia
A little more than 15% of the 100-million-plus people in Ethiopia have access to the internet, says the World Bank, where the government regularly shuts down the internet during times of political unrest. Ethiopian Airlines plans to offer free internet in the capital, Addis Ababa, in an effort to improve service to passengers enjoying one of the world’s largest diplomatic hubs and the country’s growing tourist economy.
Weah seeks out TB Joshua