U.N. chief visits camp
The number of displaced people around the world has never been higher, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday, urging the international community to improve the way humanitarian assistance and development support is provided. Ban spoke during a visit to a camp for internally displaced people near Goma in Congo’s eastern North Kivu province. He was expected to meet with President Joseph Kabila on Wednesday. “We have 60 million people around the world, that is the largest number of IDP’s [internally displaced people] and refugees since the end of the Korean war,” Ban said. He said visits to such camps remind him of his own experience of internal displacement, “when I was 6 years old in Korea, 1950.” He said the U.N. then stood as a beacon of hope.
Castro who farmed dies at 91
Ramon Castro, a lifelong rancher and farmer who bore a strong physical resemblance to younger brother Fidel Castro, has died, Cuban state media announced Tuesday. He was 91. Widely known by his nickname “Mongo,” the white-bearded Ramon Castro preferred tending crops and livestock to the revolutionary political life embraced by his younger siblings Fidel and Raul, who replaced Fidel as president in 2008.
Nurse has virus complications
London’s Royal Free Hospital has admitted a Scottish nurse who has already recovered from Ebola twice before for another “late complication” from her last infection with the lethal virus. In a statement Tuesday, the hospital said Pauline Cafferkey will now be treated by its infectious diseases team. Last October, Cafferkey was treated for meningitis that developed from lingering Ebola virus in her system. She was first infected in 2014 while working in Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization says in rare instances, Ebola can persist in parts of the body not covered by the immune system, including inside the eye, the brain, the spinal cord or in semen.
Mars recalls candy bars
U.S. chocolate maker Mars said Tuesday it’s recalling candy bars and other items in 55 countries in Europe and elsewhere after plastic was found in one of its products. Roel Govers, spokesman for Mars in the Netherlands, said the recall affects 55 countries. ‘‘Only certain products labeled on [the] pack as ‘Mars Netherlands’ are affected by this recall,’’ the company said on its website. Mars in Germany confirmed that it was one of the countries affected.
Compiled from wire reports.