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“The world is watching”, say architects of Australia’s Indigenous referendum

A Kaurna elder, Uncle Moogy, performs a traditional smoking ceremony with spectators, in Adelaide, Australia, on 23rd February, 2023.

Sydney, AustraliaReuters Australia has a chance to fix its image as a global outlier by voting in favour of constitutionally recognising its Indigenous people, architects of the proposed change said. Australians will be asked to vote in a referendum later this year on whether they support altering the constitution to include a “Voice to Parliament”, […]

Brazil’s Lula will ask Nicaragua’s Ortega to release jailed bishop

Rolando Alvarez, bishop of the Diocese of Matagalpa and a critic of the Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, walks at Managua's catholic church where he is taking refuge alleging he had been targeted by the police, in Managua, Nicaragua, on 20th May, 2022.

Rome, ItalyReuters Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Thursday he would personally lobby Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega to release a bishop who has been imprisoned in the Central American state. Rolando Alvarez, Bishop of the Diocese of Matagalpa and a critic of the Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, walks at Managua’s catholic church where […]

Vatican says has new leads on missing schoolgirl, 40 years after she vanished

Pietro, brother of Emanuela Orlandi holds a banner with her picture in front of St Peter square as Pope Benedict XVI leads the angelus prayer, on 18th December, 2011.

Vatican CityReuters A Vatican prosecutor said on Thursday he had uncovered new leads “worthy of further investigation” into the disappearance of a Vatican schoolgirl, who vanished 40 years ago. Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican usher, failed to return home on 22nd June, 1983 following a music lesson in Rome. She was 15 at […]

Swiss court acquits police officers over Black man’s death, sparking anger

A graffiti calling for justice for Mike Ben Peter is seen in front of the Cathedral, the day before the start of the trial of the six police officers facing homicide charges after he died of a heart attack during his arrest in February 2018, in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 11th June, 2023.

Lausanne, Switzerland Reuters A Swiss court on Thursday acquitted six white police officers of charges of negligent homicide in the death of a Black man who suffered a fatal heart attack after he was held down in the street during an arrest. The case has raised questions about structural racism in Switzerland and the prosecution […]

Amnesty accuses Spain and Morocco of cover-up over Melilla enclave migrant deaths

Luna Reyes, 20, a member of Spanish Red Cross, embraces and comforts a migrant Sub-Saharian as he refuses to be deported to Morocco after he crossed the border swimming from Morocco to Spain, at El Tarajal beach, after thousands of migrants swam across this border during last days, in Ceuta, Spain, on 18th May, 2021

Barcelona, Spain Reuters Amnesty International on Friday accused Spain and Morocco of a cover-up for failing to properly investigate events at the border of the Spanish enclave of Melilla last year, when tens of migrants and refugees died during a mass attempted crossing. On 24th June, 2002, around 2,000 Sub-Saharan African migrants and refugees attempted […]

Ukraine hits bridge linking Crimea to mainland in blow to Russian supply route

A view shows the damaged Chonhar bridge connecting Russian-held parts of Ukraine's Kherson region to the Crimean peninsula, following what Russian-appointed officials say was a Ukrainian missile attack, in this picture released on 22nd June, 2023

Kyiv, UkraineReuters Ukrainian missiles on Thursday struck one of the few bridges linking the Crimea Peninsula with the Ukrainian mainland, Russian-appointed officials said, cutting one of the main supply routes for Russian occupation forces in southern Ukraine. A view shows the damaged Chonhar Bridge connecting Russian-held parts of Ukraine’s Kherson region to the Crimean peninsula, […]

Narendra Modi denies religious discrimination exists in India

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a joint press conference with US President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington, US, on 22nd June, 2023

Washington DC, USReuters Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi denied that discrimination against minorities existed under his government during a press conference with US President Joe Biden on Thursday. Rights groups and the State Department have made detailed allegations of abuses of minorities, dissidents and journalists in India. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a […]