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US to conduct flight operations in Guyana as concerns mount over border spat

A member of the National Assembly of the Assembly holds a map showing the disputed Esequibo region as part of Venezuela, as tensions between the Venezuela and Guyana have ratcheted up in recent weeks over a long-running territorial dispute, in Caracas, Venezuela, on 6th December, 2023.

Bogota, ColombiaReuters The United States on Thursday said it would conduct flight operations within Guyana that build on its routine engagement as Britain and Brazil expressed concerns about growing border tensions between Guyana and Venezuela. The long-running spat over the oil-rich Esequibo region, which is being heard by the International Court of Justice, escalated over […]

Immersive exhibition centring on London cathedral prompts thinking about climate change during the season of Advent

UK London Gaia at Southwark Cathedral

Updated: 10:30pm (AEDT)Norwich, UK Advent is a time of new beginnings and Christians in the UK and around the world are being challenged to focus on climate change via a new immersive exhibition known as the ‘Climate Cathedral‘.   ‘Gaia’ at Southwark Cathedral, London. PICTURE: Courtesy of ECLAS Exhibition curator, Rev Prof Charlotte Sleigh, explained that “during the […]

Former UK PM Johnson denies he wanted to let COVID “rip”

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives evidence at the COVID-19 Inquiry, in London, Britain, on 7th December, 2023 in this screen grab obtained from a handout video

London, UKReuters Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Britain’s COVID inquiry on Thursday that any suggestion he wanted to allow the virus to “let rip” was “rubbish” and “completely wrong”. Johnson, Prime Minister between 2019 and 2022, faced a second day of questioning which examined the weeks before the country’s second national lockdown in November, […]

UN refugee chief urges Western states to deter migrants from dangerous routes

Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, attends an interview with Reuters ahead of the Refugee Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, on 7th December, 2023

Geneva, SwitzerlandReuters Western states should enact policies to prevent asylum seekers embarking on dangerous routes, the UN refugee chief said on Thursday, as the number of migrants through the Darien Gap this year tops half a million people. Conflicts, poverty and climate change have driven a record 114 million people from their homes around the […]

Up to 600 North Korean defectors deported by China “vanish” – rights group

A North Korean flag flutters at the propaganda village of Gijungdong in North Korea, in this picture taken near the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, South Korea, on 19th July, 2022

Seoul, South KoreaReuters Up to 600 North Koreans have “vanished” after being forcibly deported by China in October, a Seoul-based human rights group said on Thursday, warning they may face imprisonment, torture, sexual violence and execution in the isolated state.  The report by the Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) came about two months after South […]

Hundreds more Palestinians killed as Israel pursues Hamas in south Gaza

Displaced Palestinians gather at a school sheltering people who fled their houses due to Israeli strikes, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on 7th December, 2023

Gaza/Jerusalem Reuters Israel battled Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip’s biggest cities on Thursday and said it had attacked dozens of targets, leaving 350 Palestinians dead and the rest struggling to survive in rapidly shrinking areas of refuge. Gazans crammed into Rafah on the southern border with Egypt, heeding Israeli leaflets and messages saying that […]

Child poverty levels in the UK worst among world’s richest nations, UNICEF report finds

A view shows signage on the exterior of UNICEF's humanitarian warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 15th November, 2023.

London, UKReuters Child income poverty rates in the United Kingdom were the highest among the world’s richest countries, a report by UN children’s agency UNICEF said, ranking bottom of the table for changes in those rates in the past decade.  The UNICEF report, published on Wednesday, looked at relatively well-off countries to assess the rate of child income poverty […]

Kyiv lights Christmas tree according to new calendar

Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko visits Sofiyska Square, where a Christmas tree was lighted, in front of the Saint Sophia Cathedral, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 6th December, 2023

Kyiv, UkraineReuters Crowds flocked to one of Kyiv’s most beloved squares on Wednesday to see the Ukraine’s main Christmas tree lit up to mark Saint Nicholas Day according to a new calendar celebrating Christmas on 25th December. With their military locked in the 21-month-old war against Russia, it was the first time many Ukrainians marked […]