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Tens of thousands evacuated as wildfire burns out of control on Spain’s Tenerife

A view shows fire over the mountains in the village of La Victoria, as wildfires rage out of control on the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, on 19th August, 2023.

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain Reuters Thousands more people were evacuated from their homes on the Spanish island of Tenerife on Saturday as a wildfire raging in the north of the island remained out of control, but the flames have so far avoided major tourist areas.  The Canary Islands emergency services said more than 26,000 people […]

Seven killed, scores wounded in Russian missile strike on Ukraine’s Chernihiv

A view shows a site of a Russian missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Chernihiv, Ukraine, on 19th August, 2023

Kyiv, UkraineReuters Seven people including a six-year-old child were killed, at least 129 wounded, and 41 were in hospital after a Russian missile struck a central square in the historic northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv on Saturday, Ukrainian officials said. “A Russian missile hit right in the centre of the city, in our Chernihiv. A […]

Australian state to pay $A380 million for withdrawing as 2026 Commonwealth Games host

Commonwealth Games - Closing Ceremony - Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, Britain - on 8th August, 2022

Sydney, AustraliaReuters Australia’s Victoria state will pay A$380 million to Commonwealth Games organisers, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said on Saturday, after it withdrew as 2026 event host citing a projected cost blowout. Victoria in July pulled out of hosting the quadrennial multi-sport event, which was to have been held in four regional hubs, with Andrews […]

Poles get a peek of the past in Warsaw as old streets uncovered

Tram tracks are seen at a site where the remains of long-lost streets buried underground are uncovered during the construction of a square in front of Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, on 17th August, 2023.

Warsaw, PolandReuters Construction work on a flagship new square in Warsaw has captured a glimpse of the Polish capital’s past when builders uncovered the remains of long-lost streets buried underground. The Central Square project, due to finish next year, will provide a green space in the city centre and try to capture the vibrant energy […]

Anguish, anger as Tenerife evacuees can’t see homes beyond smoke

A firefighting helicopter makes a water drop near Aguamansa, as wildfires rage out of control on the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, on 18th August, 2023.

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain Reuters Residents of the Spanish island of Tenerife watched in desperation on Friday as fire and smoke enveloped the verdant mountains a day after authorities ordered thousands of villagers to evacuate. Vanesa Hernandez, 42, was forced to abandon her land in the village of Aguamansa and move to the town of […]

Troop deaths, injuries in Ukraine war nearing 500,000 – NYT citing US officials

A view shows graves of killed Ukrainian defenders, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, at a cemetery in Poltava, Ukraine, on 23rd May, 2023

Reuters The number of Ukrainian and Russian troops killed or wounded since the war in Ukraine began in February, 2022, is nearing 500,000, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing unnamed US officials. The officials cautioned that casualty figures remained difficult to estimate because Moscow is believed to routinely undercount its war dead and […]

Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee names temporary leader, deals with fallout from McLaurin deception

US SBC Jonathan Howe

United NationsRNS Officers of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee have named Jonathan Howe to serve as the group’s interim leader. The Executive Committee’s vice president for communications, Howe will serve in that role at least until the committee’s next scheduled meeting in mid-September. Executive Committee Chairman Philip Robertson said the group’s bylaws require a […]

UN says over 350 killed by Haiti vigilante groups as thousands flee gang warfare

A man carries an elderly man as they flee their neighbourhood Carrefour Feuilles after gangs took over, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 15th August, 2023.

Reuters The United Nations on Friday estimated that more than 350 people have been killed in Haiti by civilian vigilante groups since April, amid escalating gang violence that has in recent days has forced thousands to flee in parts of the capital. Since 24th April, when civilians lynched more than a dozen suspected criminals, birthing […]

West African bloc says “D-Day” set for possible Niger intervention

Abdel-Fatau Musah, ECOWAS commissioner, briefs the press on plans to deploy its standby force to the Republic of Niger, in Accra, Ghana, on 18th August, 2023.

Accra, Ghana Reuters West Africa’s main regional bloc on Friday said it had agreed an undisclosed “D-Day” for a possible military intervention to restore democracy in Niger if diplomatic efforts fail, stressing that it would not hold endless dialogue with the defiant junta. The comments came at the end of a two-day meeting of West […]