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Congo rules out election re-run as observers flag irregularities

Opposition supporters prepare to demonstrate, while riot police officers amass around Congolese opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu's headquarters to block a protest by the opposition who are calling for a re-run of last week's national election, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on 27th December, 2023

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of CongoReuters The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday refused opposition calls for a re-run of disputed elections, as the main observer mission reported “numerous irregularities” that could undermine some results.  Provisional results issued so far from the 20th December general election show President Felix Tshisekedi with a commanding […]

Israeli troops killed hostages, mistaking their cries for help as ambush – military

A sign reading "Help, three hostages" in Hebrew, that the Israeli military says was found on a Gaza building where three Israeli hostages had been hiding before they were mistakenly killed by Israeli forces, hangs from a wall, in this screengrab from a video released on 17th December, 2023.

JerusalemReuters Israeli troops killed three Israeli hostages in Gaza on 15th December when it mistook their cries for help as a ruse by Hamas militants to draw them into an ambush, the military said on Thursday, concluding that the soldiers acted rightly to the best of their understanding. On 15th December, the military immediately took […]

UN report deplores “rapid deterioration” of rights in West Bank

A woman walks with children next to an ambulance as Israeli military vehicles pass by during a raid, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Jenin, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on 14th December, 2023

Geneva, SwitzerlandReuters A United Nations report published on Thursday deplored what it called a “rapid deterioration” of human rights in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and urged Israeli authorities to end violence against the Palestinian population there.  The report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said 300 Palestinians had been […]

Israeli tanks push deep into central Gaza town, air strike kills 20 in south

Israeli soldiers operate in the Gaza Strip amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in this handout picture released on 28th December, 2023.

Cairo, Egypt/Gaza Reuters Israeli tanks thrust deep into a town in the central Gaza Strip on Thursday after days of relentless bombardment that forced tens of thousands of already displaced Palestinian families to flee in a new exodus. A Palestinian journalist posted pictures of Israeli tanks near a mosque in a built-up area of Bureij, […]

Moldova’s President says Putin must be stopped

Maia Sandu, who was appointed as prime minister of Moldova, speaks to the media in Chisinau, Moldova, on 9th June, 2019.

Chisinau, MoldovaReuters Russian President Vladimir Putin must be stopped in his war against Ukraine or all of Europe will pay a much higher price, Moldova’s pro-European president, Maia Sandu, said in an interview published on Wednesday. Sandu has long denounced Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and singles out the Kremlin as the biggest threat facing her […]

Remittances from Nicaraguan migrants mark new record, passing $US4 billion

Migrants from Nicaragua and Ecuador stand by a door on the border wall waiting to be picked up by United States Border Patrol in El Paso, Texas, US, on 4th January, 2023

San JoseReuters Nicaraguan migrants sent relatives back home record remittances this year through November, data from the country’s central bank showed on Wednesday, fueled by massive waves of migration leaving the Central American nation in recent years. In a statement, the bank noted a record haul of about $US4.24 billion in remittances for the 11-month […]

Jacques Delors, father of European integration, dies at 98

European Union President Jacques Delors listens to a question during a press conference on the book "In search of Europe" on 21st October, 1994, at the EU headquarters

Reuters Jacques Delors, a passionate advocate of post-war European integration and a founding father of the European Union’s single currency project, has died, his family said. He was 98. The French socialist served as president of the European Commission, the EU executive, for three terms – longer than any other holder of the office – […]

Sudan RSF leader visits Uganda in first known wartime foreign trip

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

Reuters The leader of Sudan’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo said on Wednesday he met Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, his first confirmed appearance outside of Sudan since the war between RSF and the Sudanese army broke out in April. Dagalo, whose whereabouts during the war have been unknown, said on X the […]