Global round-up 22/11/2017

Photo Above: Robert Mugabe © Al Jazeera English on Flickr

By Silja Froelich

Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe has resigned as President of Zimbabwe with immediate effect after 37 years in power. 

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Photo Above: Robert Mugabe © a-birdie

Parliamentarian Jacob Mudenda announced that Mugabe had submitted his resignation letter.

There was widespread jubilation in parliament and on the streets of Harare and other major cities, as Mugabe’s resignation was celebrated all over the country with singing, dancing, honking car horns and waving flags.

There are no details about what will happen to Mugabe and his family after his resignation. Emmerson Mnangagwa, former Vice-President of Zimbabwe, will be sworn in as the new President on Friday.

USA

A US Navy aircraft crashed into the sea off Japan, south-east of Okinawa, carrying 11 crew and passengers.

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Photo Above: Airplane © MC2 Jeremy M. Starr

The craft, a C-2 Greyhound, crashed as it was travelling to meet the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

It is not yet clear how the crash happened. While the names of those aboard are being withheld, eight people have since been found.  Japan’s defence minister said that their condition is not yet clear.

UBER

Uber have publicly acknowledged that they concealed a massive global breach of 57 million customers’ and drivers’ personal information in October 2016.

Photo Above: Uber Logo © Uber

Uber confirmed it had paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data and keep the breach a secret.

Uber Cheif Executive, Dara Khosrowshahi said: “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it.

“While I can’t erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes.”

The hackers stole personal data including names, email addresses and phone numbers, as well as the names and driver’s license details of about 600,000 drivers in the United States.

More sensitive information, such as location data, credit card numbers, bank account numbers and social security numbers had not been compromised, the company said.

Argentina

An Argentinian submarine that vanished after reporting an electrical breakdown last Wednesday in the southern Atlantic could run out of oxygen in the next 24 hours.

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Photo Above: Argentinian Flag © Ken Walker

Forty-four people are thought to be stuck on board the ARA San Juan.

A navy spokesman, Enrique Balbi said: “Our massive search operation will continue until the vessel was located.

“We are considering all possibilities and obviously the most critical situation would be the fact that we are on the sixth day of oxygen.”

While search effort have been narrowed down to an area of 20km by 20km (12 miles), improved weather conditions on Tuesday have given searchers new hope. British, US, Brazilian and Chilean vessels have come to Argentina’s aid.

Bosnia

Former Bosnian Serb commander General Ratko Mladic has been found guilt of war crimes by a UN Tribunal in The Hague.

Photo Above: Ratko Mladić © UN Criminal Tribunal

He was removed from court after shouting at judges reading his trial verdict over crimes during the 1990s Bosnian war. Mladic faces 11 charges, including genocide and crimes against humanity. The court agreed that he had significantly contributed to the war crimes during the Yugoslav war.

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