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UNRWA could shut down by end of February if funding does not resume

Doha, Qatar Reuters The United Nations Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) said on Thursday that it will most likely be forced to shut down its operations in the Middle East, including in Gaza, by the end of the month if funding does not resume. A string of countries including the United States, Germany and Britain have […]

Northern Ireland to restore government after UK parliament approves deal

London/Belfast, UK Reuters Northern Ireland is set to elect a government on Saturday for the first time in two years after the British parliament agreed to revamp post-Brexit trade rules to break a political stalemate. In a historic first, Irish nationalists Sinn Fein are set to take the First Minister role after securing the most […]

Canada to delay assisted death solely on mental illness until 2027

Ottawa, Canada Reuters Canadians suffering solely from mental illness will remain excluded from pursuing assisted death until 2027 because the healthcare system is not ready, Health Minister Mark Holland said on Thursday. A provision preventing those people from accessing medical assistance in dying (MAID) had been due to expire in March. Holland said he had […]

Migrant arrivals to Spain’s Canaries jump by over 1,000 per cent in January

Madrid, Spain Reuters The number of migrants from West Africa who braved the sea in fragile boats to reach Spain’s Canary Islands jumped more than 1,000 per cent in January from a year ago, data released by the country’s interior ministry on Thursday showed. A group of migrants wait to disembark from a wooden boat […]

Pakistan vows to hold polls as planned despite violence

Islamabad, Pakistan Reuters Pakistan’s national election will go ahead as scheduled next Thursday despite security challenges, the election commission said on Thursday following a meeting to discuss increasing pre-poll violence in the west of the country.  The meeting included top security officials to discuss the clashes in the provinces of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan after the […]

Missing Panama cardinal found “safe and sound”

Updated: 12pm (AEDT) Panama City Reuters Jose Luis Lacunza, a Roman Catholic Cardinal who was reported missing has been found “safe and sound” near his diocese in western Panama, the Central American country’s police said on X on Thursday. A video shared on the social platform shows a police officer speaking with the 79-year-old Spanish-Panamanian […]

Catalans face carwash bans, swimming pool restrictions over record drought

Barcelona, Spain Reuters Residents of the eastern Spanish region of Catalonia will be banned from washing their cars and filling up empty swimming pools under measures announced on Thursday to alleviate the region’s worst drought on record.  The measures, which will come into force on Friday, will affect around six million people in 200 villages, […]