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Argentine priests defend Pope Francis over “shameful” Milei attacks

Lorenzo 'Toto' De Vedia, a priest in the Caacupe Parish, gestures as faithful attend a mass to rebuff attacks on Pope Francis by presidential candidate Javier Milei, of La Libertad Avanza coalition, in the villa 21-24 neighbourhood, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 5th September, 2023.

Buenos Aires, ArgentinaReuters Priests from poor districts in Buenos Aires held a mass on Tuesday to defend Argentine Pope Francis after radical right-wing presidential candidate Javier Milei denounced him as an “imbecile” and “representative of evil”. Milei, an outsider libertarian economist, is leading in the polls ahead of a 22nd October general election, with brash […]

Congo charges military officers in killing of 56 protesters

Congolese police officers secure a road cleared off barricades erected during a demonstration to demand justice for the murder of civilians killed during a protest against the presence of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and East African Community Regional Force in Goma, North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, on 4th September, 2023

Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo Reuters Six soldiers were charged on Tuesday for their involvement in the killing of 56 people during an army crackdown on anti-UN demonstrations in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last week. The group, which includes a colonel and a lieutenant-colonel from the republican guard, are being prosecuted for “crimes against […]

World losing race to meet climate goals, COP28 president says

Kenya's President William Ruto addresses delegates during the Africa Climate Summit 2023 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, on 5th September, 2023

Nairobi, Kenya Reuters The world is losing the race to meet its climate change goals, the president of the upcoming COP28 summit said on Tuesday, as African leaders called for changes to what they say is an unfair international climate finance system.  The grim assessment by Sultan Al Jaber, who will preside over the summit […]

Cyclone rains in Brazil’s south kill 22, leave cities completely flooded

An aerial view shows damage and floods after a cyclone hit southern towns, in Venancio Aires, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, on 5th September, 2023

Reuters An extratropical cyclone has been battering southern Brazil, flooding homes, swelling rivers and claiming the lives of nearly two dozen people, state authorities said on Tuesday.  An aerial view shows damage and floods after a cyclone hit southern towns, in Venancio Aires, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, on 5th September, 2023. PICTURE: Reuters/Diego […]

China Vice Premier seeks to ensure supply of low-cost homes

Men work near residential apartment blocks under construction on the outskirts of Beijing, China, on 29th November, 2017.

Beijing, ChinaReuters Chinese Vice Premier He Lifeng on Monday called for putting the country’s affordable housing under “strict closed management” and prohibiting it from being listed for trading, in a bid to help shore up the long-term supply of low-cost homes.  Men work near residential apartment blocks under construction on the outskirts of Beijing, China, […]

Europe to decide within weeks on when to restart space launches

European Space Agency General Director Josef Aschbacher speaks during the ESA Council at Ministerial level at the Grand Palais Ephemere in Paris, France, on 23rd November, 2022.

Paris, FranceReuters European space officials said on Monday they face crucial timing decisions in the coming weeks on the return to flight of Europe’s flagship space launchers following a series of delays. The inaugural launch of Europe’s new Ariane 6 launcher has been delayed until next year, while the failure of a test on the […]

Africa endures more severe warming than elsewhere, posing risk of conflict

Residents gather with their jerrycans to collect water from a tap in Mukuru slums within the Industrial area district, in Nairobi, Kenya, on 4th September, 2023

Geneva. SwitzerlandReuters Africa is heating up at a faster rate than the rest of the planet and enduring more severe climate and weather disasters such as droughts, a joint UN-African Union report said on Monday, warning that climate change could stoke conflict over resources.  The continent was hit by 80 extreme weather and climate hazards […]

Cuba uncovers human trafficking of Cubans to fight for Russia in Ukraine

Havana, CubaReuters Cuba has uncovered a human trafficking ring that has coerced its citizens to fight for Russia in the war in Ukraine, its foreign ministry said on Monday, adding that Cuban authorities were working to “neutralise and dismantle” the network. The statement from Cuba’s foreign ministry gave few details, but noted the trafficking ring […]

ASEAN leaders seek to assert bloc’s relevance at annual summit

Indonesia Jakarta ASEAN

Jakarta, Indonesia Reuters South-East Asian leaders will on Tuesday converge on the Indonesian capital for an annual summit amid rifts within the 10-member regional bloc over stalled peace efforts in Myanmar and a sharpening US-China rivalry in the region. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is seeking to clarify its relevance as cracks emerge in […]