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El Salvador court sentences ex-President Funes to 14 years in prison

Former President of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes arrives at the Attorney General's office in San Salvador, on 3rd February, 2016.

San Salvador, El SalvadorReuters A court in El Salvador sentenced former President Mauricio Funes and his justice minister to more than a decade behind bars for their ties to criminal groups and failure to comply with duties, the Attorney General’s office said on Monday. Funes was sentenced to 14 years and his former justice and […]

Teenager charged with 19 murders in Guyana school dormitory fire

People stand inside the remains of a burnt secondary school dormitory after several children, most of them from Indigenous communities, died after a fire gutted the building overnight, in Mahdia, Guyana in this handout image obtained by Reuters on 22nd May, 2023.

Georgetown, Guyana Reuters A 15-year-old girl who is accused of having started a fire at a school dormitory in Guyana last week was charged with 19 murders on Monday. The fire killed 18 mostly Indigenous girls and one five-year-old boy in the building in the central city of Mahdia. The girl started the fire after […]

Sudan factions agree to extend ceasefire deal amid clashes

Halime Adam Moussa, a Sudanese refugee who has fled the violence in her country for the second time, walks in line to receive her food portion from World Food Programme (WFP), near the border between Sudan and Chad in Koufroun, Chad, on 9th May, 2023.

Dubai, United Arab EmiratesReuters Sudan’s warring military factions agreed on Monday to a five-day extension of a ceasefire agreement, after renewed heavy clashes and air strikes in the capital threw fresh doubts on the effectiveness of a truce designed to ease a humanitarian crisis.  Saudi Arabia and the United States, which brokered a week-long ceasefire […]

Russia hits military base in Ukraine in new wave of strikes

An explosion is seen in the sky over the city during a Russian drone and missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 29th May, 2023.

Kyiv, UkraineReuters Russia said on Monday its military hit Ukrainian air bases in overnight strikes and Ukrainian forces shelled industrial facilities inside Russia as both sides sought the upper hand ahead of what Kyiv hopes will be a decisive counter-offensive. In a rare acknowledgement of damage to a military “target”, Ukraine said that work was […]

Modi inaugurates new parliament building as part of New Delhi’s makeover

A view of India's new parliament building in New Delhi, India, on 27th May, 2023.

New Delhi, IndiaReuters Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s new parliament building on Sunday, a modern complex which is part of his Hindu nationalist government’s grand plan to give a makeover to the British colonial-era architecture in the nation’s capital. The inauguration, and the ongoing revamp of the heart of New Delhi based on Indian […]

House swaps and dog walks: Travellers find cheaper alternatives to lodging

A screen grab shows Lillian Smith, 30, from Mississippi, US, during a city tour at Wat Arun temple in Bangkok, Thailand, on 13th May, 2023

New York City, USReuters Lillian Smith has spent about eight of the last 12 months traveling around the world, hitting France, Morocco, Japan and South Korea. Her cost for lodgings in that time? About one night in a hotel, along with the time she spent walking dogs, watering plants and changing litter boxes.   “I […]

Nigeria’s Tinubu gets his turn as president, familiar problems await

Presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu arrives at a polling station before casting his ballot in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria, on 25th February, 2023

Lagos, NigeriaReuters Bola Tinubu will be sworn in as Nigeria’s president on Monday under the cloud of a disputed election and pressure to quickly improve economic and security conditions, which many complain worsened under his predecessor Muhammadu Buhari. Two of Tinubu’s main opponents in the February election are challenging his victory on the basis of […]

Plastic-spewing artwork unveiled for Paris talks against waste

People stand next to artist Benjamin Von Wong's art installation unveiled by the Greenpeace International, ahead of a four-day summit of the United Nations Environment Programme on reducing plastic pollution, in Paris, France, on 27th May, 2023.

Paris, FranceReuters Lobbyists Greenpeace unveiled an artwork in Paris on Saturday in the shape of a machine churning out bottles in front of an oil derrick to coincide with talks on eliminating plastic waste. Canadian artist Benjamin Von Wong said his five-metre-high work by the River Seine showed the link between fossil fuels and plastic […]

Venice’s waters turn fluorescent green near Rialto Bridge

Venice's waters turn green due to an unknown substance near the Rialto Bridge, in Venice, Italy in this handout image released on 28th May, 2023.

Milan, ItalyReuters The waters in Venice’s main canal turned fluorescent green on Sunday in the area near the Rialto bridge and authorities are seeking to trace the cause, Italy’s fire department said. The regional environmental protection agency has received samples of the altered waters and is working to identify the substance that changed their colour, […]

Around 33 tribal militants killed in clashes in India’s Manipur – minister

A view of a truck with its windshield broken, in Manipur, India, on 6th May, 2023, in this screengrab obtained from a social media video.

Guwahati, India Reuters Around 33 tribal militants have been killed recently in India’s far north-eastern state of Manipur in an ongoing security force operation following ethnic clashes in the region, the state’s chief minister said on Sunday. The state bordering Myanmar has witnessed growing tension in recent weeks, with rioting and ethnic clashes killing at […]