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Pope Francis calls for peaceful end to the Niger crisis

Nuns look at Pope Francis as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St Peter's Square, at the Vatican, on Sunday, 20th August, 2023.

Vatican CityAP Pope Francis expressed hope Sunday for a peaceful solution to the crisis in Niger following the military coup in the West African nation. Nuns look at Pope Francis as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, on Sunday, 20th August, 2023. […]

Ecuadoreans vote for president in election marred by candidate’s murder

People wait in line to cast their ballots at a polling station during the presidential election, in Quito, Ecuador, on 20th August, 2023

Quito, EcuadorReuters Ecuadoreans were voting on Sunday to choose a president and legislature they hope will lead the country out of a spiral of violence and economic troubles after a campaign darkened by bloodshed. Candidates have pledged to fight sharp increases in crime, which the current government blames on drug gangs, and improve the struggling […]

Pakistani Christians hold Sunday services at churches burnt by mob

Members of the Christian community chant slogans as they gather to condemn the attacks on churches and houses in Jaranwala town of Faisalabad, during a protest in Karachi, Pakistan, on 18th August, 2023

Lahore, Pakistan Reuters Pakistani Christians held services on Sunday at churches that were vandalised and torched by a vigilante mob last week after two Christian brothers were accused of desecrating the Quran.  Members of the Christian community chant slogans as they gather to condemn the attacks on churches and houses in Jaranwala town of Faisalabad, […]

Canada to deploy armed forces in British Columbia to tackle fast-spreading fires

A view of fire close to highway near Sorrento, British Columbia, Canada, on 18th August, 2023

Toronto, CanadaReuters Canada is sending armed forces to tackle fast-spreading wildfires in British Columbia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday, as the western province deals with flames that have put more than 35,000 people under evacuation order. The province imposed an emergency late on Friday, giving officials more power to deal with fire risks. […]

Russia’s first lunar mission in 47 years smashes into the moon in failure

A Soyuz-2.1b rocket booster with a Fregat upper stage and the lunar landing spacecraft Luna-25 blasts off from a launchpad at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the far eastern Amur region, Russia, on 11th August, 2023.

Moscow, RussiaReuters Russia’s first Moon mission in 47 years failed when its Luna-25 space craft spun out of control and crashed into the Moon after a problem preparing for pre-landing orbit, underscoring the post-Soviet decline of a once mighty space program.  Russia’s state space corporation, Roscosmos, said it had lost contact with the craft at […]

Early portraits of Maui wildfire victims, many older, begin to emerge

The fire ravaged town of Lahaina on the island of Maui in Hawaii, US, on 15th August, 2023.

Reuters Donna Gomes, 71, lived her entire life in Lahaina, where friends knew her as “the bull” for her strong-willed nature. Joseph Schilling, 66, enjoyed hunting for bullet shells and was known by his loved ones for making delicious sugar toast. Both died last week in the wildfires that scorched Maui and were among the […]

After killing of Ecuador candidate Villavicencio, speculation and recrimination

Ecuadorean presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio speaks during a campaign rally in Quito, Ecuador, on 9th August, 2023

Quito, EcuadorReuters The murder of Ecuadorean presidential hopeful Fernando Villavicencio has led to a frenzy of speculation from politicians across the spectrum, including from allies who were with him in the moments before he died, about why he was killed and why he was not better protected.  Villavicencio, who was gunned down in Quito last […]

France’s head of Notre-Dame renovation dies in accident while hiking

French Army General Jean-Louis Georgelin, in charge of Notre-Dame Cathedral reconstruction, stays at distance to answer journalists questions in Paris, France, on 14th April, 2020

Paris, France Reuters The man heading the reconstruction of Notre-Dame de Paris following a devastating fire three years ago has died in an accident while hiking in the Pyrenees.  French Army General Jean-Louis Georgelin, in charge of Notre-Dame Cathedral reconstruction, sspeaking to reporters in Paris, France, on 14th April, 2020. PICTURE: Reuters/Benoit Tessier/File photo General […]