Man abducted as child in China reunited with parents after 32 years

A Chinese man kidnapped as a toddler 32 years ago has been reunited with his biological parents, after police used facial recognition technology to help track him down. Mao Yin was just two when he was snatched outside a hotel in Xi’an in central Shaanxi province in 1988 and sold to a childless couple in neighbouring Sichuan province who raised him as their own son, Xi’an’s public security bureau said in a statement. Police “aged” one of Mao’s childhood photos, according to state broadcaster CCTV, and used the model to scan the national database and find close matches. They were…

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Coronavirus cases confirmed inside UN civilian protection site in South Sudan

The South Sudanese government has confirmed two cases of COVID-19 have been registered inside a civilians protection site in the capital, Juba. The site has about 30,000 people who sought protection there at the height of a civil war in the world’s youngest nation. According to the UN Peace Keeping Mission in South Sudan, although it’s devastating, the appearance of cases within one of the camps in the capital was not unexpected, given the rising number of cases confirmed within communities across the city. The country has so far confirmed 74 cases of COVID-19. Aid workers in South Sudan have…

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First COVID-19 death in US immigration detention facility

First COVID-19 death in US immigration detention facility A 57-year-old Salvadoran man has become the first migrant held at a US immigration detention facility to die of coronavirus, officials said Thursday. Carlos Escobar-Mejia, who had been held at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, died on Wednesday at an area hospital where he had been undergoing treatment since April 24, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a statement. The center, which is run by a private contractor, has registered 132 COVID-19 cases, by far the largest number of infections of the 41 ICE detention centers where…

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UN experts killed in the DRC: conduct of the fact-finding mission.

The UN Security Council is calling on the DRC government to conduct a full investigation into the murder of Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan, the two members of the group of experts murdered in Kasai last March. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Canadian prosecutor Robert Petit and other experts to help the Congolese military justice track this issue. The Security Council calls on Kinshasa to work with this team to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice. Who are these experts and in what framework is their mission? Robert Petit is a Canadian prosecutor who worked for the…

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