NEWS DIGEST 06.02.2021: A mixed international story selection for today

Good morning. Today’s news comes via our Twitter account’s main feed. Nigerian national Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will become the first African woman to lead the World Trade Organization, according to US news network CNN. An economist and former finance minister of Nigeria, Okonjo-Iweala was a firm favourite among many world powers, including the European Union, China, Japan and Australia. She takes over after previous incumbent Roberto Azevêdo quit the post a year ago, after increasing trade disputes between the US and China – A Black woman will be the world’s top trade official for the first time (CNN Business Connecting Africa)

As the Tigray civil war in Ethiopia continues, causing immense suffering to the region’s inhabitants, the national government has claimed it is working with charities to bring much needed food supplies to people in Tigray and other parts of the country, FanABC reports. Muferihat Kamil, the peace minister in Addis Ababa, told assembled press that more efforts were underway to deliver relief aid including several thousand tonnes of grain, as well as drinking water supplies and medicines. The central government is also scheduling to re-open schools in Tigray after they were shut down by the war as well as coronavirus precautions – Humanitarian Aid Intensified In Various Parts, Including In Tigray: Ministry (FanABC)

A Colombian national has been deported from Spain after he kidnapped his former partner from the Balearic Island of Majorca, local English-language news site The Olive Press reports. The 37-year-old man, who was not identified in the article, had discovered his ex-girlfriend drinking at a bar in the island’s capital of Palma. He demanded that she come home with him, and when she refused to leave, he threatened to assault her. He then took her by force to his residence where he locked her in his bathroom for several days and retained her phone to prevent her calling for help. Prosecutors initially demanded an eight-year prison term for the abductor, but instead settled for a deportation order and a fine of EUR €5,000 (GBP £4,383, USD $6,023) to be paid to his former lover – Colombian Man Expelled From Spain After Kidnapping Ex-Girlfriend in Spain’s Mallorca (The Olive Press)

In the wake of the arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the country’s government has ordered the expulsion of diplomat representing Germany, Sweden and Poland after they were seen joining nationwide protests against the arrest of the politician, a bitter critic of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. The foreign ministry said that three members of diplomatic staff were removed from the country for participating in ‘illegal’ protests. The affected countries denounced the expulsions and warned of diplomatic repercussions for Russia and a collapse in bilateral dialogue – (MOSCOW) Alexei Navalny Report: Russia has expelled three diplomats from Germany, Sweden and Poland for joining protests in support of opposition activist Alexei Navalny, who was jailed earlier this week #AceNewsDesk report (Ace News Services)

A ‘haunted’ hospital in the U.S. state of West Virginia will see new life as a spooky tourist attraction, local media outlet CBS WYMS Mountain News reports. Old Hospital on College Hill, a defunct hospital which opened its doors in 1928, is said to be haunted by the spirits of long-deceased nurses who worked there, with witnesses claiming to have heard ‘creepy’ sounds in its halls. The new owners of the premises, Tonya Webb and Sabrina Hatfield, plan to transform the hospital, which had been an office block before it was eventually closed down entirely, into a tourist hotspot, with guided paranormal and historic tours of the building on offer, as well as a venue for weddings, photography and private events – ‘Haunted hospital’ resurrected as tourist attraction in W.Va. (CBS WYMS Mountain News)

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