Day: January 1, 2023

Food Security Update (December 15, 2022)

The findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed in this update do not necessarily reflect the views of the World Bank, its Board of Executive Directors, or the governments they represent.   AT A GLANCE   The agricultural and export price indices closed 1 percent and 6 percent higher, respectively, than reported in the last update prepared on December 1, 2022; the


Chinese state media seek to reassure public over COVID-19

Thousands of Chinese took to the streets to mark the New Year as authorities and state media sought to reassure the public that the COVID-19 outbreak sweeping across the country was under control and nearing its peak.   Though many people in major cities have continued to isolate as the virus spreads through the population, New Year revelries appeared to


Nine suffocate to death in Ugandan New Year firework crush – police

At least nine people including a 10-year-old boy suffocated to death as crowds rushing to see a New Year’s firework display got stuck in a narrow corridor in a shopping mall near Uganda’s capital, police said.   People started pushing through a passage in the Freedom City Mall just after clocks struck midnight, police said.   “Very many people got


Defiant Ukrainians cheer New Year as drones blasted from skies

Ukrainians cheered from their balconies while their air defences blasted Russian missiles and drones out of the sky in the first hours of 2023, as Moscow saw in the new year by attacking civilian targets across Ukraine.   Ukraine’s Air Force command said it had destroyed 45 Iranian-made Shahed drones overnight — 32 of them on Sunday after midnight and


Tunisia to equip 65,000 houses with photovoltaic units in next four years

Tunisia will equip in the next four years 65,000 houses currently connected to the low-voltage power supply network with photovoltaic units. The annual electricity consumption of target houses ranges between 1,200 and 1,800 kilowatt hours (kWh).   The government entrusted the implementation of the project, which is part of PROSOL ELEC Economique programme, to the National Agency for Energy Command


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