World this week
About 40% of people living with diabetes globally go undiagnosed, according to new research. Most people who are not diagnosed live in Africa (60%), followed by south-east Asia (57%) and the western Pacific region (56%), says the 2023 diabetes global industry overview, the largest survey of its type to date. Half of those who are diagnosed do not receive treatment, said the report. Three in four people with the condition live in low and middle-income countries where people cannot always access healthcare services.
The report's lead researcher said more than 530 companies were found to be specialising in diabetes diagnostics around the world but only 33 were located in Africa, south-east Asia and the western Pacific. "Limited healthcare infrastructure, including a shortage of healthcare professionals and diagnostic equipment, can impede the early diagnosis of diabetes,"it said. The research, published on Thursday, looks at more than 2,800 companies, 1,500 investors and 80 research and development hubs focused on the condition.
Republicans in the US House of Representatives branded the first day of their impeachment inquiry against Joe Biden a success, saying they justified their case. But expert witnesses called by Republicans cautioned there was not yet enough proof for impeachment. The hearing on Thursday (Sep. 28) was dominated by the business dealings of the president's son, Hunter, who Republicans allege was selling access to his father. The White House has called the inquiry a "political stunt".
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced a formal impeachment inquiry in early September to look into allegations that Hunter Biden engaged in improper business dealings that benefited the president. The formal inquiry granted lawmakers greater legal authority to investigate possible misconduct, after months of Republican probes failed to unearth any concrete evidence. At the first hearing in the inquiry, it was Hunter Biden - not the president - who took up most of the Republican's oxygen.
Burkina Faso's military government said its intelligence and security services had thwarted a coup attempt and were actively pursuing others believed involved in what it called a bid to "throw our country into chaos." A junta statement said the coup attempt happened Tuesday (Sep. 27) without providing further details. "Officers and other alleged actors involved in this attempt at destabilisation have been arrested and others are actively sought," junta spokesman Rimtalba Jean Emmanuel Ouedraogo said in the statement.
Burkina Faso is one of a growing list of West African countries where the military has taken power, accusing the elected governments of failing to keep their promises. The current junta seized power in September 2022 by ousting the military regime of Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba about eight months after it staged a coup to remove democratically elected President Roch Marc Kaboré. Capt. Ibrahim Traore was named as the transitional president.
Over 2,500 people have died or gone missing in the Mediterranean so far in 2023 while trying to cross into Europe, the United Nations Refugee Agency said in New York. That is a stark increase from the 1,680 dead or missing migrants in the same period last year. Migrants and refugees "risk death and gross human rights violations at every step," Ruven Menikdiwela, director of the UNHCR New York office, told the Security Council.
It came on the same day when European Union interior ministers met in Brussels to discuss how to handle people migrating to Europe by sea amid growing concern from member states Italy and Germany. Member states and the European Parliament have been negotiating for years on far-reaching reforms to the bloc's common asylum system but without results. Some 186,000 people have already arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean Sea between January and September 24 of this year, according to the UNHCR.
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