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World Health Assembly elects Tedros Ghebreyesus as new WHO Director-General

GENEVA: The Member States of World Health Organisation on Tuesday elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017. Congratulations Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, new WHO Director-General elect #WHA70 #alert — WHO (@WHO) May 23, 2017 A Pakistani expert in non-communicable diseases, a British physician and the Ethiopian former health minister were three finalists…

Hamas elects Haniyeh as new political chief: spokesman

GAZA CITY: The Palestinian movement Hamas elected Ismail Haniyeh to lead its political office on Saturday, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Reuters in Gaza. Former deputy chief Haniyeh will replace Qatar-based veteran leader Khaled Meshaal, who steps down at the end of his term limit just as Hamas softened its stance toward Israel in a new policy document last week. The group maintains a sizeable armed wing in the Gaza strip since seizing the coastal territory in 2007 from the rival Fatah party based in the West Bank…

Chinese minister elected as Interpol president

JAKARTA: A Chinese security official was elected president of Interpol on Thursday for the first time, a potentially controversial choice as Beijing pursues a campaign to hunt down fugitives abroad.  Vice Minister of Public Security Meng Hongwei was chosen as the new head of the global police organisation at its annual general assembly on the Indonesian island of Bali, France-headquartered Interpol announced. He is the first Chinese official to hold the post, China's official Xinhua news agency said, and takes over…