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Maui’s chief of emergency management resigns amid criticism

Trees charred by the Maui wildfires stand near the shell of a building in Lahaina, Hawaii, US, on 15th August, 2023

Kihei, Hawaii, USReuters Maui County Emergency Management administrator Herman Andaya, criticised by local residents and media over the island’s response to the deadly wildfires that killed at least 111 people, resigned on Thursday, officials said. A statement from Maui County Mayor Richard Bissen cited health reasons. Trees charred by the Maui wildfires stand near the shell […]

World Jesuit leader condemns Nicaragua government closure of university

A guard mans the access to the Jesuit Central American University (UCA) in Managua, Nicaragua, on 16th August, 2023.

Reuters The superior general of the worldwide Jesuit religious order has condemned the closure of its university in Nicaragua as part of a government attempt to “suffocate” the Catholic Church and civic institutions in the Central American country. In a letter sent to the order’s Central American leader, Father Arturo Sosa said the government’s accusations […]

Afghans recount moment migrant boat sank on deadly Channel crossing

Idris, a 22-years-old Afghan, stands by the sea, four day after surviving the drowning of the small boat in which he and dozens more tried to reach Britain, in Calais, France, on 16th August, 2023.

Calais, France Reuters Idris, 22, was convinced he was going to die when the small boat he and dozens of other migrants were on began to sink in the Channel as he tried to reach England from France. It was only thinking of his parents back home, and the fact that he had embarked on […]

Russia detains leader of election monitoring group; Moscow court arrests US national for ‘espionage’ – reports

Co-chairman of Golos non-governmental organisation Grigory Melkonyants speaks on the phone at his office in Moscow, Russia, on 13th March, 2018.

Reuters Russia detained Grigory Melkonyants, the co-chair of prominent independent vote-monitoring group Golos (Voice), the organisation said on its website on Thursday night. Law enforcement officers arrived in Melkonyants’ apartment early in the morning and after searching his home, took to him the main department of the Russian Investigative Committee for charges, Russian agencies reported. […]

Auschwitz Memorial criticises Musk’s X for not removing anti-Semitic content

A man walks through the grounds of the former Nazi German Auschwitz death camp for the annual International "March of the Living" in Oswiecim, Poland, on 18th April, 2023.

Warsaw, Poland Reuters The Auschwitz Memorial on Thursday criticised social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, for failing to remove an anti-Semitic post on the site. X’s owner Elon Musk has described himself as a free speech absolutist, but some critics have said his approach is irresponsible. Researchers have found an increase in hate […]

Protests erupt in Syria’s Druze city over fuel hikes

Tires burn as demonstrators protest against the Syrian government decision on increasing the prices of fuels in Sweida, Syria, on 17th August, 2023.

Amman, Jordan Reuters Hundreds of Syrians burnt tyres, blocked roads and chanted anti-government slogans in the mainly ethnic Druze city of Sweida on Thursday to protest against worsening economic conditions and this week’s gasoline price hikes. Demonstrators near a main city square called for the overthrow of President Bashar al Assad, witnesses said, echoing chants […]

Pacific island sea levels rising faster than global average, WMO says

The morning's first rays of sunlight hit the island community of Serua Village, Fiji, on 15th July, 2022.

Geneva, SwitzerlandReuters Sea levels in the South-West Pacific are rising faster than the global average, threatening low-lying islands while heat damages marine ecosystems, the UN meteorological agency said on Friday.  In its State of the Climate in the South-West Pacific 2022 report, the World Meteorological Organization said water levels were rising about 4 mm per […]