January 30, 2020

Kenya to rule on new digital IDs that civil rights groups say disenfranchise minorities

iStock/omersukrugoksu(LONDON) -- Kenya's high court was expected to rule Thursday on whether the government's plan to assign everyone a unique identification number is constitutional, following a month-long legal challenge by three local civil rights groups. The Nubian Rights Forum, the Kenya Human Rights Commission and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights collectively sued the Kenyan government last year over its plans to assign each citizen a unique identification number tha..
January 30, 2020

Brexit is finally upon us, but how it plays out is in question

oversnap/iStock(LONDON) -- It took one referendum, two general elections, three prime ministers and nearly four years, but on Jan. 31, the U.K. will finally be leaving the European Union. For anyone following the path to Brexit since the U.K. voted to leave the EU in June 2016, the actual moment of departure may seem a rather drab affair. No more dramatic resignations, no more historic government defeats, no more cries of “order” amidst the chaotic scenes of a parliament that seemed to be tearin..
January 30, 2020

WHO again weighs declaring coronavirus global public health emergency

Andreas Haas/iStock(GENEVA) -- Patients from Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus without having visited China, health officials said during a World Health Organization news conference Wednesday. Human-to-human transmission outside of China "worries us," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general at WHO. Partly because of human-to-human transmission outside of China and partly because of a continued increase in cases, the WHO said it will reconve..
January 30, 2020

1st US person-to-person coronavirus transmission reported in Illinois

Andreas Haas/iStock(GENEVA) -- The first case of human-to-human coronavirus transmission in the U.S. has been confirmed, in a patient in Illinois, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. The transmission occurred between a husband and wife, who were in close contact with one another. The wife, a woman in her 60s, had traveled to Wuhan, China, and had been diagnosed with the virus last week. The husband, a Chicago resident also in his 60s and who has underlying health p..