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UN vote on foreign police mission to Haiti set for Monday

People fleeing gang violence take shelter at a sports arena, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 1st September, 2023.

United NationsReuters The United Nations Security Council is set to vote on Monday to approve the deployment of foreign police to Haiti and authorize the use of force to help the Caribbean country fight violent gangs that have largely overrun the capital Port-au-Prince. Haiti asked nearly a year ago for international help and UN Secretary-General […]

Slovakia’s poll winner defies European consensus on Ukraine

SMER-SSD party leader Robert Fico speaks during a press conference after the country's early parliamentary elections, in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 1st October, 2023

Bratislava, SlovakiaReuters Slovakia’s pro-Russian and anti-liberal election winner Robert Fico was poised on Sunday to begin coalition talks to form a government likely to join Hungary in opposing the European Union’s military aid for Ukraine. The 59-year-old former Prime Minister’s SMER-SSD party scored nearly 23 per cent of Saturday’s parliamentary poll, earning the President’s nod […]

Iraq wedding fire caused by “gross negligence”, government investigation says

Volunteers search for the remains of missing bodies following a fatal fire at a wedding celebration, in the district of Hamdaniya, in Nineveh province, Iraq, on 28th September, 2023

Baghdad, Iraq Reuters A fire that swept through a crowded wedding hall in a northern Iraqi town killing more than 100 people was blamed on “gross negligence” and lack of safety measures, the results of a government investigation into the disaster said. The investigation results, announced at a news conference on Sunday by interior minister […]

Nightclub fire kills at least 13 in Murcia in Spain

Eva Maria Lansas, 39, whose son-in-law is missing, is hugged in the aftermath of fire in nightclubs in Murcia, Spain, on 1st October, 2023

Madrid, SpainReuters At least 13 people have been killed in a fire in a nightclub in Murcia in south-east Spain, emergency services said on Sunday, adding that rescuers were still searching for people unaccounted for after the blaze. Eva Maria Lansas, 39, whose son-in-law is missing, is hugged in the aftermath of fire in nightclubs […]

UN mission arrives in Nagorno-Karabakh as ethnic Armenian exodus nears end

Buses carrying refugees from Nagorno-Karabakh region arrive in the border village of Kornidzor, Armenia, on 29th September, 2023

Reuters A United Nations mission arrived in Nagorno-Karabakh on Sunday, Azerbaijani media reported, as a mass exodus of ethnic Armenians from the region began drawing to a close following a Azerbaijani military offensive last month. The mission, led by a senior UN aid official, is the global body’s first access to the region in about […]

Bomb attack targets Turkish capital, Kurdish militants claim responsibility

A bomb disposal expert works at the scene after a bomb attack in Ankara, Turkey, on 1st October, 2023

Ankara, TurkeyReuters Two attackers detonated a bomb in front of Turkish government buildings in Ankara on Sunday, leaving both of them dead and two police officers wounded, and a Kurdish militant group claimed responsibility for the attack. Authorities called it the first terrorist attack in the capital in years. A bomb disposal expert works at […]

Australia swelters through “scorching” heat lifting bushfire risk

New South Wales Rural Fire Service firefighter Elisabeth Goh monitors a hazard reduction burn in Sydney, Australia, on 10th September, 2023

Sydney, AustraliaReuters Australia’s south-east on Sunday sweltered in a heat wave that raised the risk of bushfires and led authorities to issue fire bans for large swathes of New South Wales state. The nation’s weather forecaster said temperatures would be up to 12 degrees Celsius above average in some areas, with Sydney, the capital of […]

Climate change means New York City’s flooding is “new normal”, Governor says

A police officer from the NYPD Highway Patrol looks on as motorists drive through a flooded street after heavy rains as the remnants of Tropical Storm Ophelia bring flooding across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, at the FDR Drive in Manhattan near the Williamsburg Bridge, in New York City, US, on 29th September, 2023

Reuters Torrential downpours that caused flash flooding in New York City on Friday reflect a “new normal” due to the effects of climate change, New York Governor Kathy Hochul warned on Saturday, as the city began drying out after one of its wettest days ever.  A police officer from the NYPD Highway Patrol looks on […]