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Student lit deadly fire at Guyana school after phone confiscated – police

Updated: 10am (AEST)Georgetown, GuyanaReuters A fire in a school dormitory in Guyana that killed 19 children was lit by a student after school authorities confiscated her cell phone, police said on Tuesday. The children, mostly Indigenous girls, died around midnight on Monday, most at the scene.  “A female student is suspected of having set the […]

Russia says cross-border attack from Ukraine has been crushed, one civilian killed

A still image from video, released by Russia's Defence Ministry, shows what it said to be an aerial attack of Russian armed forces against Ukrainian militants in the Belgorod region, at an unknown location, in this image taken from handout footage released on 23rd May 2023.

Reuters The Russian military said on Tuesday it had routed militants who attacked a Russian border region with armoured vehicles the previous day, killing more than 70 “Ukrainian nationalists” and pushing the remainder back into Ukraine. In what appeared to be one of the biggest incursions from Ukraine since the war began 15 months ago, […]

WHO “overstretched” in response to increasing health emergencies

Director-General of the World Health Organisation Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends the World Health Assembly at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on 21st May, 2023.

London, UKReuters A growing number of health emergencies around the world, from COVID-19 to cholera, have left the World Health Organization’s response “overstretched”, a senior advisor said on Tuesday.  Speaking at the UN agency’s annual meeting, Professor Walid Ammar, chair of a committee reviewing the WHO’s emergency response, said funding and staffing gaps were widening […]

Sudan ceasefire brings some respite after weeks of heavy battles

A general view of the damaged East Nile Hospital in Khartoum, Sudan, in this screen grab taken from a social media video released on 15th May, 2023.

KhartoumReuters Artillery fire could be heard in parts of Khartoum and warplanes flew overhead on Tuesday, residents said, though an internationally monitored ceasefire appeared to have brought some respite from heavy fighting in the Sudanese capital. Night-time airstrikes were reported in at least one area after the ceasefire started late on Monday, but residents otherwise […]

Nepali sherpa scales Everest for 28th time as toll on peak reaches 11

Nepali mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa waves upon his arrival after climbing Mount Everest for the 24th time in 2019, setting a record for the most summits of the world's highest mountain, in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 25th May, 2019.

Kathmandu, NepalReuters A Nepali sherpa reached the summit of Mount Everest for a record 28th time on Tuesday, an official said, completing his second ascent in just a week, as the toll in this year’s climbing season reached 11. Kami Rita Sherpa, 53, reached the 8,849-metre summit by the traditional southeast ridge route, said Nepali […]

East Timor opposition wins most votes in parliamentary election – state media

Former president of East Timor Xanana Gusmao talks to journalists after a meeting with Indonesian Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law, and Security Affairs Wiranto (not pictured) in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 22nd July, 2019

Reuters The party of East Timor independence hero Xanana Gusmão has won most votes in a parliamentary election, preliminary results in state media showed on Tuesday, boosting his chances of his return as premier and a new phase of opposition rule.  Gusmão’s National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) won about 42 per cent of ballots […]

Long-necked dinosaur fossil found by Argentine scientists is one of biggest ever

A bone that belonged to a "Chucarosaurus Diripienda", a newly discovered gigantic species of long-necked herbivorous dinosaur, is pictured next to a shovel, in Pueblo Blanco Nature Reserve, in Rio Negro, Argentina, on 16th October, 2019.

Buenos Aires, ArgentinaReuters Argentine paleontologists have discovered the remains of a gigantic new species of long-necked herbivorous dinosaur in the country’s southern Patagonia region, saying the beast ranks as one of the largest ever discovered. The find in the Pueblo Blanco Nature Reserve, presented on Thursday, was first discovered by scientists in 2018. The dinosaur’s […]

Congo registers around 43.9 million voters for December general election

An anti-government demonstrator wears a Democratic Republic of Congo flag as he takes part in a riot, after security forces broke up an attempted demonstration organized by the opposition and civil society members over alleged irregularities in voter registration for the upcoming December elections, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on 20th May, 2023.

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of CongoReuters Congo’s electoral commission has registered around 43.9 million voters for general elections in December compared to 40.4 million in the previous poll, it said on Monday, with some among the opposition alleging irregularities. Political tension is on the rise in Congo ahead of 20th December polls in which President Felix […]

Last Generation climate change activists to stand trial at the Vatican

Vatican Last Generation protest

Vatican CityRNS Three Italian environmental activists will face their second trial hearing at the Vatican on Wednesday for having glued themselves to the famous statue Laocoön and His Sons in the Vatican Museums last summer. Ester Goffi, a 25-year-old art history student, and Guido Viero, a 61-year-old health worker, glued their hands to the marble statue in […]

Falling, or standing, in love?

Love balloons

What an idea from psychiatrist Irvin Yalum – “there is a world of difference between falling in love and standing in love.” PICTURE: Christopher Beloch/Unsplash When you fall in love, you risk subsuming yourself in another person, becoming lost, dissolved in them. It sounds romantic, intoxicating: it is. But it’s our unconsciousness trying to deal with our loneliness, anxiety, and fear of […]