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Ukraine decries civilian deaths, injuries in new Russian shelling

Debris is scattered along a street after shelling in a residential block in Kherson, Ukraine, in this screengrab taken from a video released on 3rd December, 2023

Kyiv, UkraineReuters Fresh Russian shelling killed at least three people including an elderly man in a village garage and a woman beside a city bus stop, Ukrainian officials said, as President Volodymr Zelenskiy reported “intense battles” at dozens of frontline locations. “Russian occupiers once again shelled Kherson,” Zelenskiy said, referring to the southern, port city […]

COP28 focus on health draws $US777 million to fight tropical disease

Members of the International Federation of Medical Students Associations hold placards during a protest demanding an end to fossil fuels at COP28 World Climate Summit, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 3rd December, 2023.

Dubai, United Arab EmiratesReuters The United Arab Emirates and several charities at the UN climate summit on Sunday offered $US777 million in financing for eradicating neglected tropical diseases that are expected to worsen as temperatures climb. Climate-related factors “have become one of the greatest threats to human health in the 21st century”, COP28 President Sultan […]

Pope deplores end of Israel-Hamas truce, voices hope for new ceasefire

Pope Francis gestures as he meets with people during the weekly general audience, in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, on 29th November, 2023.

Vatican CityReuters Pope Francis on Sunday said it was “painful” to see that the truce between Israel and Hamas had been broken, and voiced hope that all parties involved can reach a new ceasefire “as soon as possible”. A seven-day pause in the fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas militants, which had allowed the exchange […]

Knifeman kills German tourist, wounds others near France’s Eiffel Tower

French police secures the access to the Bir-Hakeim bridge after a security incident in Paris, France, on 3rd December, 2023.

Paris, FranceReuters A man armed with a knife and a hammer killed a German tourist and left two people, including a British man, wounded near the Eiffel Tower in Paris late on Saturday in what President Emmanuel Macron called “a terrorist attack”. A 26-year-old suspect, a French national arrested after the attack, had pledged allegiance […]

Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly Philippine bombing

Lanao Del Sur Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr stands among law enforcement officers as they investigate the scene of an explosion that occurred during a Catholic Mass in a gymnasium at Mindanao State University in Marawi, Philippines, on 3rd December, 2023.

Manila, The PhilippinesReuters Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for a deadly bombing at a Catholic Mass in the Philippines on Sunday that killed at least four people and injured 50 others.  The attack was carried out in a university gymnasium in Marawi, a city in the south of the country besieged by Islamist militants for […]

Israeli bombing of Gaza intensifies, clashes reported near southern city

Smoke from an explosion rises in Gaza, after a temporary truce between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas expired, as seen from southern Israel, on 3rd December, 2023.

Gaza/Cairo, Egypt Reuters Israeli forces bombed wide areas of the Gaza Strip on Sunday, killing and wounding dozens of Palestinians, as civilians in the besieged territory sought shelter in an ever-shrinking area of the south. The Hamas Palestinian militant group said its fighters clashed with Israeli troops about two kilometres from the southern city of […]

Chicago homeless migrants shelter faces backlash

Migrants, without a place to stay upon arrival in the city, seek safe shelter inside the District 12 station of the Chicago Police Department in Chicago, Illinois, US, on 17th May, 2023

Chicago, USReuters Chicago is grappling with local backlash against moving homeless migrants into a new government-run tent encampment as temperatures drop and more migrants continue to arrive. Hundreds of migrants are still sleeping on floors or in tents outside city police stations. Some who remained this week huddled near tents wearing parkas, knit hats and […]

Pope Francis asks theologians to “demasculinise” the church

Pope Francis arrives to meet members of the 2023 World Youth Day organising committee, in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican, on Thursday, 30th November, 2023.

Vatican CityRNS Speaking to members of the International Theological Commission at the Vatican last week, Pope Francis asked theologians to “demasculinise” the church in an unscripted remark. “There is something I don’t like about you, if you excuse my honesty,” said Pope Francis, pointing out that there were only five women among the 30-plus theologians. […]

World Court orders Venezuela to refrain from action in border dispute with Guyana

A government supporter holds a sign that reads: “The Essequibo is ours, vote YES 5 times” while participating in an event to collect signatures in support of a referendum over Venezuela's rights to the potentially oil-rich region of Esequiba in Guyana, in Caracas, Venezuela on 15th November, 2023.

The Hague, The Netherlands/Caracas, Venezuela Reuters Judges at the World Court on Friday ordered Venezuela to refrain from taking any action that would alter the situation on the ground in a potentially oil-rich territory that is the subject of a border dispute with Guyana, which controls the area. The court did not expressly forbid Venezuela […]