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Sudan paramilitary threatens to set up authority with Khartoum as capital

Deputy head of Sudan's sovereign council General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo speaks during a press conference at Rapid Support Forces head quarter in Khartoum, Sudan, on 19th February, 2023.

Cairo, EgyptReuters The head of Sudan’s main paramilitary group threatened on Thursday to set up a governing authority in areas his forces control if his enemies in the army form a government. Rapid Support Forces commander Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo has been fighting the army for almost five months in a conflict that has wrecked the […]

Pope’s Ukraine peace envoy raises stalled Black Sea grain exports in Beijing talks

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, head of the CEI, welcomes parishioners after celebrating Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow, on 29th June, 2023

Vatican CityAP Pope Francis’ Ukraine peace envoy discussed the need to resume Ukraine grain exports to feed the world’s hungry during a meeting Thursday with a Chinese official while on a mission to Beijing, the Vatican said. Cardinal Matteo Zuppi met with Li Hui, China’s special representative for Eurasian affairs, at the Chinese foreign ministry. According […]

Italy’s Lampedusa pleads for help after thousands of migrant arrivals

Migrants wait at the port to be transferred to the mainland, on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, Italy, on 14th September, 2023.

Lampedusa, Italy Reuters The small Italian island of Lampedusa is being overwhelmed by the number of migrants arriving on its shores, its mayor said on Thursday, after thousands of people landed from North Africa on flimsy boats over the past two days. Lampedusa sits in the Mediterranean between Tunisia, Malta and the larger Italian island […]

Libya hunts for those to blame for thousands of flood deaths

Hassan El Salheen, weeps after burying the repatriated body of his son, Aly, who died along with his three cousins in Libya after Storm Daniel hit the country, at Al Sharief village in Bani Swief province, Egypt, on 13th September, 2023

Derna, Libya Reuters Libyan authorities demanded an investigation on Thursday into whether human failings were to blame for thousands of deaths in the worst natural disaster in the country’s modern history, as survivors searched for loved ones washed away by floods. A torrent unleashed by a powerful storm burst dams on Sunday night and hurtled […]

Hundreds of shops gutted in market fire in Bangladesh

Firefighters work after a fire broke out at the Mohammadpur Krishi Market in, Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 14th September, 2023

Dhaka, BangladeshReuters A huge fire gutted several hundreds shops at a market in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, but there were no casualties as the blaze swept through the area in the early hours of Thursday, before stores opened.  Firefighters work after a fire broke out at the Mohammadpur Krishi Market in, Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 14th September, […]

Flooded Libyan city’s past troubles deepen with new disaster

A view shows a damaged car, after a powerful storm and heavy rainfall hit Libya, in Derna, Libya, on 12th September, 2023.

Reuters The Libyan city devastated by a flood this week was particularly vulnerable to disaster after a decade of chaos in Libya that has halted infrastructure investment and years of fighting on its own streets that put residents at odds with local authorities. Derna, in eastern Libya, was wrecked when storm waters overwhelmed two dams […]

Democrats mock Biden impeachment, but it could affect re-election bid

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks to service members, first responders, and their families on the day of the 22nd anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, on 11th September, 2023

Washington DC, US Reuters Asked about Republicans launching an impeachment inquiry into US President Joe Biden in Congress, Pennsylvania Democratic Senator John Fetterman clutched his head in mock horror and declared “Oh my God, really?” before bursting into laughter.  “Ooooh, don’t do it,” Fetterman said mockingly on Tuesday, as he walked off.  US President Joe […]

Human rights groups send COP28 demands to UAE, governments

'Cop28 UAE' logo is displayed on the screen during the opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week under the theme of 'United on Climate Action Toward COP28', in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 16th January, 2023.

Geneva, Switzerland Reuters More than 200 civil society groups have written to the United Arab Emirates, host of this year’s COP28 UN climate summit, and all participating governments with a series of demands concerning the Gulf nation’s human rights record.  The UAE, a Gulf trading and tourism hub, big oil producer and a US ally, […]

No time to lose on ocean treaty as threats to high seas rise – Greenpeace

A captured Minke whale is unloaded after commercial whaling at a port in Kushiro, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan, on 1st July, 2019

Singapore Reuters Governments have no time to lose when it comes to implementing a new global ocean treaty to protect the high seas as threats from human activities intensify, a report by environmental group Greenpeace said on Thursday. In March, more than 100 countries completed a groundbreaking treaty to protect the high seas after years […]