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India ministers, farmers unions to hold talks hoping to end protests

Ambala, India Reuters Farmers unions in India will hold talks with government ministers on Thursday, a union leader said, after two days of protests demanding higher prices for their crops. Police have used tear gas and barricades to stop thousands of farmers from marching to the capital New Delhi to press their demands that the […]

Junta-led Sahel states confirm plan to form tri-state confederation – ministry

Reuters Junta-led Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger plan to proceed with the establishment of a confederation, the Malian foreign ministry said on Thursday, as the three countries deepen ties via an alliance that threatens broader West African integration. The neighbours in the impoverished Sahel region announced in January they would quit the Economic Community of […]

Our Lady of Guadalupe documentary to run in theatres across the US

United States RNS A new documentary about the Virgin of Guadalupe – the vision of Mary, the mother of Jesus, seen by a 16th-century Mexican peasant – premiered on Tuesday at an event in Los Angeles attended by the city’s archbishop. Guadalupe: Madre de la Humanidad (Guadalupe: Mother of Humanity), in Spanish with English subtitles, will run in more than […]

Tobago oil spill spreading to Grenada, could also impact Venezuela

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Reuters An oil spill that has stained Tobago’s coastline in the Caribbean is entering into Grenada’s waters and could impact neighboring Venezuela, Tobago’s Chief Secretary Farley Augustine told Reuters on Thursday. Eight days after Trinidad and Tobago’s Coast Guard first spotted the oil from a capsized vessel whose owner […]

Google to launch anti-misinformation campaign ahead of EU elections

London, UK Reuters Google is preparing to launch an anti-misinformation campaign across five countries in the European Union, the company told Reuters ahead of the bloc’s parliamentary elections and tougher new rules tackling online content. In June, EU citizens will elect a new European Parliament to pass policies and laws in the region and lawmakers […]

Ukraine withdraws units from parts of Avdiivka, sends in crack brigade

Kyiv, Ukraine Reuters Ukraine said on Thursday it was withdrawing troops from some parts of the eastern town of Avdiivka to better positions after months of heavy fighting, and battle-hardened reserve fighters from a crack brigade have joined the battle.  Russia is trying to encircle and capture Avdiivka nearly two years after its full-scale invasion […]

Israel tones down criticism of Vatican’s Gaza remarks

Vatican City Reuters Israel on Thursday toned down its criticism of the Vatican, saying that remarks by Pope Francis’ deputy on the killings in Gaza were “regrettable” rather than “deplorable”. Secretary of State Cardinal  Pietro Parolin had said on Tuesday that Israel’s military response to the Hamas militant group was disproportionate and caused “carnage”. Cardinal […]