BBC News with Debby Russ.
United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator has called for pauses in the fighting in Yemen to avoid what he called an Apocalypse Now of starvation, airstrikes and disease. Mark Lowcock called for a series of pauses in fighting between Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led coalition. He told the BBC aid shipments were reaching the port Hudaydah but continuing hostilities were holding up deliveries of food, water and medicines.
More critically ill Syrian patients have been evacuated from a besieged rebel-held area near Damascus. 12 patients were evacuated from Ghouta on Wednesday. The Syrian authorities had agreed to accept 29 urgent cases for treatment at hospitals in Damascus in return for the release of government workers held by rebels.
The South Korean President has described as seriously flawed an agreement reached with Japan over compensation for World War II sex slaves. Moon Jae-in said the deal could not resolve the dispute which has affected bilateral relations.
The UN Children’s Agency has denounced what it calls the shocking levels of violence against Children in conflict zones. UNICEF says all sides disregarded international law. It said children were being exposed to attacks in homes, schools and playgrounds.
An alleged leader of the Mexico Drugs Gang known as the Jalisco new generation cartel has been arrested in Brazil. He’s expected to be extradited to the US.
4 prisoners have been shot dead by warders as they tried to break out the jail in Southern Nigeria. The security forces are hunting for 36 others inmates who managed to escape.
An emergency medical team has been sent to Bangladesh to save thousands of Rohingya refugees at risk of the deadly outbreak of diphteria. They’ll provide specialist care to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar.