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Ecuador candidate backed by Correa will face banana heir in second round

Ecuadorian presidential candidate Luisa Gonzalez speaks during a presidential election night event, in Quito, Ecuador, on 20th August, 2023

Quito, EcuadorReuters Two former lawmakers, leftist Luisa Gonzalez and business scion Daniel Noboa, will battle for Ecuador’s presidency in an October run-off, after coming top in a first round of voting over the weekend. Gonzalez, a protege of former President Rafael Correa who has promised to revive his social programs, won 33 per cent support, […]

Pope Francis to update landmark document on world environmental crisis

Pope Francis holds the weekly general audience, in Paul VI hall at the Vatican, on 9th August, 2023

Reuters Pope Francis said on Monday that he was writing a follow-up to his landmark 2015 encyclical on the protection of the environment and the dangers of climate change “to bring it up to date”.  He made the surprise announcement in a brief, unprepared addition in a speech to a group of lawyers from Council […]

Saudi border guards killed hundreds of Ethiopian migrants, HRW says

Mustafa Sofian, 22, an Ethiopian migrant who said he lost his left leg after the Saudi border guards fired at him, is helped up a hill by his father Sofian Mohamed, 48, after being repatriated by the International Organization for Migration in Harar, Ethiopia, on 20th August, 2023.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates/Harar, Ethiopia Reuters Saudi Arabian border guards have killed hundreds of Ethiopian migrants, including women and children, who attempted enter the kingdom along its mountainous border with Yemen, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. In a 73-page report, the rights group said Saudi guards used explosive weapons to kill some migrants and […]

West Africa’s ECOWAS rejects Niger junta’s proposed three-year delay for elections

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.

Abuja, NigeriaReuters West Africa’s main regional bloc, ECOWAS, has rejected a proposal by Niger’s military junta to hold elections within three years, extending a political impasse that could trigger a military intervention if no agreement is reached following a July coup. ECOWAS and other international powers have been seeking diplomatic solutions to the 26th July […]

Tropical Storm Hilary releases fury on southern California

A view shows flood water moving across the road during Tropical Storm Hilary, in Palm Springs, California, US, on 20th August, 2023,

Los Angeles, USReuters Southern California officials braced on Monday for possible overnight reports of serious damage from Tropical Storm Hilary after the system unleashed furious flash floods east and west of Los Angeles in its historic arrival a day earlier. The National Weather Service downgraded the former hurricane to a tropical depression but not before […]

Paris bans pony rides for children following animal rights campaign

Children take a pony ride on the Parc Monceau as the city of Paris is introducing a ban on pony-riding starting from 2025 after the animal protection association, Paris Animaux Zoopolis warned of shortcomings in animal welfare in Paris, France, on 16th August, 2023

Paris, France Reuters Paris will ban pony rides for children in its public parks from 2025 following a campaign by animal rights activists who argue that the ponies are not well treated. Pony rides have been a popular feature in Paris parks like Champ de Mars, Parc Monceau and Parc du Luxembourg for decades, mostly […]

New find throws light on life of slaves in Ancient Rome’s Pompeii

A small bedroom, that was almost certainly used by slaves, is pictured after it was discovered by archaeologists in a Roman villa near Pompeii

Rome, ItalyReuters Archaeologists have discovered a small bedroom in a Roman villa near Pompeii that was almost certainly used by slaves, throwing light on their lowly status in the ancient world, the culture ministry said on Sunday.  A small bedroom, that was almost certainly used by slaves, is pictured after it was discovered by archaeologists […]

Hong Kong freedoms continued to erode in 2022, despite promises, EU says

People rest at the Victoria Harbour during sunset, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China, on 17th May, 2022.

Brussels, BelgiumReuters Hong Kong’s democratic principles, freedoms and autonomy continued to erode in 2022, despite China’s obligation to protect them, the European Commission said in an annual report. People rest at the Victoria Harbour during sunset, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China, on 17th […]

Anti-graft crusader wins Guatemala presidency by landslide

Guatemalan anti-graft presidential candidate Bernardo Arevalo, of the Semilla political party, waves next to media members during the presidential run-off election, in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on 20th August, 2023

Guatemala City Reuters Guatemalan anti-corruption crusader Bernardo Arevalo was voted in as President on Sunday, preliminary results showed, a victory many voters hope will reverse widespread allegations of graft and the authoritarianism of previous administrations.  Arevalo, a 64-year-old ex-diplomat and son of a former president, had built an unassailable advantage after 94 per cent of […]

Argentina sets grocery price controls for 90 days to tame inflation

A costumer counts money before buying tangerines in a green grocery store, as Argentines struggle amid rising inflation, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 11th May, 2023.

Buenos Aires, ArgentinaReuters Argentina’s government announced on Friday a price agreement for supermarkets to limit monthly increases to a maximum of five per cent for 90 days as the country tries to tamp down triple-digit inflation as a high-stakes election looms. A costumer counts money before buying tangerines in a green grocery store, as Argentines […]