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Icy weather impedes travellers in China home-bound for new year festivities

Beijing, China Reuters Freezing rain, snow and ice have complicated the journey home for many in central and eastern China, as billions travel ahead of the Spring Festival in chilly weather that has swept through parts of the country during the past week. The central province of Hubei has been hit the hardest, with highways […]

King Charles III diagnosed with cancer, will postpone duties and undergo treatment

Updated: 5pm (AEDT) London, UK Reuters King Charles III has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and will postpone public engagements to undergo treatment, Buckingham Palace said on Monday, but added he remained “wholly positive” about the scare less than 18 months into his reign. Charles, 75, who became King in September, 2022, following […]

Chilean vet helps dogs, cats and rabbits injured in wildfires

Vina del Mar, Chile Reuters Among the mountains of debris left over from raging wildfires that have killed more than 120 people in Chile are lost dogs and cats, wandering the streets covered in ash and burns.  Some whine behind gates where houses used to be, others stick to new people they have found, and […]

Deadly California storm triggers flooding, mudslides, power outages

Los Angeles, US Reuters A deadly Pacific storm, the second “Pineapple Express” to sweep the West Coast in less than a week, crept over Southern California on Monday, unleashing torrential downpours that triggered street flooding and mudslides throughout the region. Extreme-weather advisories for floods, high wind and winter storm conditions were posted on Monday across […]

Australia set to pass contentious tax cuts bill as parliament resumes

Sydney, Australia Reuters Australia looks set to pass a reshaped tax cuts bill, that would give low-income earners more breaks and trim benefits to the wealthy, as the opposition pledged support on Tuesday after initially criticising the government’s shift in policy. The conservative opposition’s decision came as the parliament resumed after a two-month recess. Australian […]

Police move to end Dutch farmer protests

Brussels, Belgium/Amsterdam, The Netherlands Reuters Dutch police moved on Monday to end demonstrations by farmers who disrupted traffic throughout the Netherlands by blocking exit roads of highways and setting fires along those roads. Angered by low prices for their produce, rising costs, cheap imports and environmental regulations imposed by the European Union, farmers have blocked […]

Senegalese lawmakers vote to postpone presidential election to 15th December

Dakar, Senegal Reuters Senegal’s parliament on Monday voted to hold a postponed presidential election on 15th December in the face of public outcry that led some opposition lawmakers to blockade proceedings until security forces intervened.  The move follows President Macky Sall’s unprecedented announcement of a postponement on Saturday that pitched the West African nation into […]

Thailand confident aid effort will lead to Myanmar crisis dialogue

Bangkok, Thailand Reuters A new Thailand-led humanitarian initiative aims to pave the way for talks between warring camps in military-ruled Myanmar, a senior Thai official said, three years after a coup triggered instability and a wave of violence across the country. Thailand plans to establish a humanitarian safe zone later this month at its border […]

‘Dreamers’ left out in the cold by US Senate border bill

Washington DC, US Reuters A bipartisan border security bill headed to a US Senate vote this week is likely to dash hopes for a quick, clear path to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of people brought into the US illegally as children, as Congress takes a harder line on immigration. This group, known as “Dreamers,” […]