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Swathes of Siberia freeze in temperatures below -58 Celsius

Pedestrians walk along a street on a frosty day in Yakutsk, Russia, on 5th December, 2023.

Yakutsk, Russia Reuters Arctic weather enfolded swathes of Russia on Tuesday, with temperatures in the wilds of Siberia falling to minus 58 degrees Celsius. Yakutsk, one of the world’s coldest cities which lies some 5,000 kilometres east of Moscow, was covered in freezing clouds and fog, drone footage showed. Pedestrians walk along a street on […]

Gaza families flee again to shrinking, overcrowded pocket of land

Palestinians fleeing north Gaza walk towards the south, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in the central Gaza Strip, on 9th November, 2023.

Khan Younis, Gaza Strip Reuters Fearful of being killed in an Israeli bombardment, families in Gaza were packing up and fleeing on Tuesday, heading for a pocket of land further south already crammed with displaced people without enough food, water or toilets. Some were fleeing for the third or fourth time in less than two […]

Indonesia’s Marapi volcano eruption leaves 22 dead; one still missing

Mount Marapi volcano spews volcanic ash as seen from Nagari Batu Palano in Agam, West Sumatra province, Indonesia, on 4th December, 2023

Jakarta, IndonesiaReuters The death toll from Indonesia’s Marapi volcano eruption jumped to 22 on Tuesday as rescuers found more climbers who had perished near the crater, the head of the West Sumatra rescue agency said on Tuesday, up from 13 earlier in the day. About 200 rescuers will resume search operations on Wednesday for one […]

El Salvador experiencing “alarming regression” on human rights – report

Amnesty International's Americas director Ana Piquer speaks during a news conference to release a new report in San Salvador, El Salvador on 5th December, 2023

San Salvador, El SalvadorReuters El Salvador has seen “an alarming regression” of human rights protections during President Nayib Bukele’s government, a trend that has intensified under a sweeping anti-gang crackdown, Amnesty International said in a report published on Tuesday. Bukele has enjoyed widespread popularity since taking office in 2019, due in part to a state […]

Cyclone Michaung hits India’s south after 13 killed in floods, rain

Members of Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Response Force cut the branches off a fallen tree after Cyclone Michaung made landfall, in Nellore district, in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, India, on 5th December, 2023

Bhubaneswar, India Reuters Cyclone Michaung barrelled into the southern Indian coast on Tuesday with intense winds, its arrival preceded by torrential rains and flooding that killed at least 13 people, as officials assessed the damage.  Tall waves crashed into southern coastal towns over the last two days as the cyclone approached, submerging entire villages and […]

Israeli forces storm Khan Younis in south Gaza, killing scores of Palestinians

A wounded Palestinian is brought into Nasser hospital, following Israeli strikes on Ma'an school east of Khan Younis, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, on 5th December, 2023

GazaReuters Israeli forces stormed southern Gaza’s main city on Tuesday in what they called the most intense day of combat in five weeks of ground operations against Hamas militants, and hospitals struggled to cope with scores of Palestinian dead and wounded. In what appeared to be the biggest ground assault in Gaza since a truce […]

New Zealanders gather across country to protest new policies

Rawiri Waititi takes part in a march lead by New Zealand political party Te Pati Maori to demonstrate against the incoming government and its policies, in Wellington, New Zealand, on 5th December, 2023.

Wellington, New Zealand Reuters Thousands of protesters gathered in New Zealand’s city squares, motorway over-bridges and in front of the country’s parliament on Tuesday to protest the new government’s policies that they believe are racist. The protest action was called for by political party Te Pati Maori and coincides with the opening of New Zealand’s […]

War risk insurance rates edge up after surge in Red Sea ship attacks

A view of the British-owned and Japanese-operated cargo ship Galaxy Leader, which was reported to have been captured by Houthis in the southern Red Sea, in this handout image taken near Queensland, Australia, on 27th November, 2018.

London, UKReuters War risk insurance premiums edged up for Red Sea voyages after three vessels were attacked in the area on Sunday and fears grow over worsening perils for commercial shipping, maritime and insurance sources said on Monday.  The incidents are the latest in a series of attacks in Middle Eastern waters since a brutal […]