International news brief: WHO alert for four Indian syrups as 66 children die in Gambia and more


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oi-Madhuri Adnal

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Washington,
Oct
06:

The
World
Health
Organization
has
issued
an
alert
for
four
”contaminated” medicines
manufactured
by
an
Indian
pharmaceutical
company
that
have
been
”potentially
linked”
with
acute
kidney
injuries
and
66
deaths
among
children
in
The
Gambia.

International news brief: WHO alert for four Indian syrups as 66 children die in Gambia and more

WHO
Director-General
Tedros
Adhanom
Ghebreyesus
told
reporters
Wednesday,
”The
four
medicines
are
cough
and
cold
syrups
produced
by
Maiden
Pharmaceuticals
Limited
in
India.
WHO
is
conducting
further
investigation
with
the
company
and
regulatory
authorities
in
India,” he
said,
adding
that
the
loss
of
young
lives
due
to
the
products
is
”beyond
heart-breaking
for
their
families”.


Lula
receives
fresh
endorsements
ahead
of
Brazil
election

Former
Brazilian
President
Luiz
Inácio
Lula
da
Silva
received
two
symbolic
endorsements
Wednesday
as
he
seeks
new
allies
ahead
of
an
October
30
runoff
against
incumbent
Jair
Bolsonaro
to
return
to
the
country’s
highest
office.

Simone
Tebet,
a
centre-right
candidate
who
came
third
in
Sunday’s
election
with
4%
of
the
votes,
and
former
President
Fernando
Henrique
Cardoso,
who
remains
highly
respected
in
business
circles,
have
both
announced
they
will
back
da
Silva,
who
is
universally
known
as
Lula.

“For
my
love
for
Brazil,
for
democracy
and
for
the
constitution,
for
the
courage
I
never
lacked,
I
apologize
to
my
friends
and
companions
who
begged
for
neutrality
in
this
second
round,”
Tebet
said
at
a
press
conference
in
Sao
Paulo.
“What
is
at
stake
is
far
greater
than
each
of
us.” Citing
a
country
“divided
by
hate
speech
and
ideological
polarization,”
she
called
her
nearly
5
million
voters
to
join
her
in
supporting
democracy,
adding
that
she
will
be
actively
campaigning
for
da
Silva.


17
dead
in
accident,
6
dead
in
shooting
in
Guatemala

A
pickup
truck
carrying
30
people
crashed
Wednesday
in
rural
Guatemala,
killing
17
and
leaving
13
injured,
according
to
local
officials,
who
said
the
dead
included
two
children.

The
mayor
of
the
township
of
Jocotan,
near
the
Copan
ruins
in
neighbouring
Honduras,
confirmed
the
deaths.
The
area,
located
east
of
Guatemala
City,
is
poor
and
people
frequently
ride
in
the
back
of
pickup
trucks.

Mayor
Juan
Ramón
Díaz
said
the
truck
suffered
a
breakdown
and
the
driver
got
out
to
fix
it.
But
he
may
have
forgotten
to
set
the
emergency
brake,
because
the
truck
rolled
backwards
and
plunged
into
a
small
canyon.

Probing Indian cough syrup after 66 children die in Gambia: WHOProbing
Indian
cough
syrup
after
66
children
die
in
Gambia:
WHO


At
15
least
dead
as
2
migrant
boats
sink
in
Greek
waters

At
least
15
people
have
died
as
two
boats
carrying
migrants
sank
in
Greek
waters
late
Wednesday,
and
rescuers
were
looking
for
dozens
still
missing,
authorities
said
early
Thursday.
The
coast
guard
said
15
bodies
had
been
recovered
near
the
eastern
island
of
Lesbos
after
a
dinghy
carrying
about
40
people
sank.
Five
people
were
rescued
and
three
had
been
located
on
a
rocky
outcrop
near
the
site
of
the
sinking.
A
second
rescue
effort
was
launched
several
hundred
kilometers
(miles)
to
the
west,
near
the
island
of
Kythira,
where
a
sailboat
carrying
about
100
migrants
hit
rocks
and
sank
late
Wednesday.

Officials
said
30
people
had
been
rescued
after
that
boat
hit
rocks
off
the
village
port
of
Diakofti
on
the
east
of
the
island.
Winds
in
the
area
were
up
to
70
kph
(45
mph).


North
Korea
launches
more
missiles
as
US
redeploys
carrier

North
Korea
launched
two
short-range
ballistic
missiles
toward
its
eastern
waters
Thursday
after
the
United
States
redeployed
an
aircraft
carrier
near
the
Korean
Peninsula
in
response
to
Pyongyang’s
previous
launch
of
a
nuclear-capable
missile
over
Japan.

The
latest
missile
launches
suggest
North
Korean
leader
Kim
Jong
Un
is
determined
to
continue
with
weapons
tests
aimed
at
boosting
his
nuclear
arsenal
in
defiance
of
international
sanctions.
Many
experts
say
Kim’s
goal
is
to
eventually
win
US
recognition
as
a
legitimate
nuclear
state
and
the
lifting
of
those
sanctions,
though
the
international
community
has
shown
no
sign
of
allowing
that
to
happen.

The
latest
missiles
were
launched
22
minutes
apart
from
the
North’s
capital
region
and
landed
between
the
Korean
Peninsula
and
Japan,
South
Korea’s
Joint
Chiefs
of
Staff
said
in
a
statement.
The
first
missile
flew
350
kilometers
(217
miles)
and
reached
a
maximum
altitude
of
80
kilometers
(50
miles)
and
the
second
flew
800
kilometers
(497
miles)
on
an
apogee
of
60
kilometers
(37
miles).


UN
peacekeeping
chief
to
visit
India

The
United
Nations
peacekeeping
chief
is
undertaking
a
visit
to
India,
among
the
largest
troop
contributing
countries
for
its
operations.
Under
Secretary-General
for
Peace
Operations
Jean-Pierre
Lacroix
will
visit
India,
the
United
Arab
Emirates,
Pakistan
and
Japan.
The
multi-nation
trip
starts
Thursday
and
will
continue
until
October
15.

Stéphane
Dujarric,
spokesman
for
UN
Secretary-General
Antonio
Guterres,
told
reporters
Wednesday
that
in
New
Delhi,
Lacroix
will
participate
in
a
two-day
meeting
organised
by
the
Challenges
Forum,
which
brings
together
leading
policymakers,
practitioners
and
academics
on
key
issues
linked
to
peace
operations.
The
head
of
the
UN
peacekeeping
will
then
travel
to
Abu
Dhabi,
Islamabad
and
Tokyo.

Dujarric
said
the
purpose
of
Lacroix’s
visit
is
to
thank
the
countries
for
their
contributions
and
support
to
UN
peacekeeping
as
well
as
to
update
on
progress
enhancing
the
effectiveness
of
peacekeeping.

(with
PTI
inputs)

Story first published: Thursday, October 6, 2022, 9:08 [IST]



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