Nobel Peace Prize, migrants in Darien, attacking Afghanistan … Friday’s news

The General secretary congratulated the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, which for the first time recognized two journalists for their defense of press freedom.

The winners are the filipina Maria Ressa and the Russian Dmitry Muratov. The Nobel committee has stressed that “they are representatives of all journalists who defend this ideal in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adverse conditions.”

António Guterres stressed that “a free press is essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights.”

No society can be free and fair without journalists that they are capable of investigating irregularities, bringing information to citizens, holding leaders accountable and putting the truth before power, “he said.

The journalist Maria Ressa also received this year the UNESCO / Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2021. In recent years, Ressa has been the target of attacks on the internet and legal proceedings for its reports on the digital portal Rappler who also directs. She has been detained for alleged crimes related to the exercise of her profession, and has been the target of a sustained campaign of gender-based abuse, threats and harassment.

Mutarov is the founder of Gazeta, an independent media outlet in Russia, and has worked for decades to defend freedom of expression.

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Migrant children at a reception center in the Darien region of Panama

More than 91,300 migrants, mostly from Haiti, have crossed the Darien Gap from Colombia to Panama so far this year, according to figures from the Panamanian government.

Migrants go through that dangerous passage in the hope of reaching the United States, Canada or Mexico. The figure for the first nine months triples the previous record of 30,000 on the same route for all of 2016, according to a statement from the International Organization for Migration.

Between January and September 2021, they crossed 56,600 Haitian migrants, 12,800 from Cuba, 1,500 Venezuelans and hundreds more from Bangladesh, Senegal, Ghana, Uzbekistan, India and Nepal.

More and more children cross the dangerous jungle. In 2017, they were 2% of the total, while this year they already represent 20%.

The UN Mission in Afghanistan condemns the attack on a Kunduz mosque


Image of the Afghan province of Kunduz.

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Image of the Afghan province of Kunduz.

The UN Mission in Afghanistan has condemned the attack on a Chii mosque in Kunduz province, in the north of the country.

According to a statement on his Twitter account, the first information indicates that at least 100 people have died and been injured by the explosion inside the temple. There is still no official balance of victims.

The Mission recalls that today’s incident is part of a disturbing pattern of violence. It is the third deadly attack this week that appears to be targeting a religious institution. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for Sunday’s incident next to a Kabul mosque. Wednesday’s attack on a madrassa in Khost has not been claimed.


A health worker takes a woman's blood pressure before receiving a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia.

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A health worker takes a woman’s blood pressure before receiving a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just published the first official clinical definition long-term COVID-19 disease, agreed after a global consultation and published to facilitate the treatment of the sick.

The disease that is also called post-COVID19, usually appears three months after the onset of infection. The symptoms last at least two months and cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis, “explained Dr. Janet Díaz, head of clinical management at the UN agency.

Symptoms include “fatigue, shortness of breath, cognitive dysfunction, but also others that generally affect daily functioning. “Sometimes they appear since the person is infected, but they also appear after the initial recovery.

“This is an important step forward” to standardize the recognition of patients with this condition. We hope that it will help medical and healthcare personnel to recognize patients and to start with the appropriate treatments and interventions and to be clear about the paths to take. We hope that policy makers and health systems will establish and apply integrated health models to care for these patients, ”said Díaz.

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Nobel Peace Prize, migrants in Darien, attacking Afghanistan … Friday’s news