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Bird-feed loaf and a date wrapped in gauze: What children eat in Gaza

Deir al-Balah, Gaza Strip Reuters After surviving on bitter loaves made from animal feed instead of proper flour, three young brothers who fled their home in Gaza City for a tent further south were tucking into a tub of halawa, a sweet crumbly paste. Seraj Shehada, eight, and his brothers Ismail, nine, and Saad, 11, […]

Russian editor defends decision to put Navalny on cover

Moscow, Russia Reuters The editor of a Moscow weekly said he stands by the decision to devote its front page last week to the death of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, even though most of the print run was confiscated. Sobesednik (Interlocutor) published a two-page spread on Navalny on 20th February, four days after his death, […]

Brazil partners with largest climate finance alliance to boost green growth

Sao Paulo, Brazil Reuters Brazil on Monday announced it would partner with the world’s biggest financial climate coalition to turbocharge funding for clean energy and efforts to restore nature, such as reforesting the Amazon rainforest. Brazilian development bank BNDES will partner with the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) – a global coalition of […]

Benin offers 2,000 troops to Haiti force, US ambassador says

Reuters Benin has offered 2,000 troops to support a planned Kenyan-led international force to help Haitian national police fight armed gangs, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield told a press conference on Monday. The United Nations authorized the mission in October, a year after Haiti’s unelected government requested it. The UN estimates the […]

France’s Macron does not rule out Europeans sending troops to Ukraine

Paris, France Reuters French President Emmanuel Macron opened the door on Monday to European nations sending troops to Ukraine, although he cautioned that there was no consensus at this stage as allies agreed to ramp up efforts to deliver more munitions to Kyiv. Some 20 European leaders gathered in Paris on Monday to send Russian […]

Raising a family

As a radical teenager, we used to talk about giving our life for God. Changing the world. Telling others about Jesus. Righting injustice. PICTURE: standret/iStockphoto We would also say – “Don’t become conventional; 9 to 5 job, raising a family, paying a mortgage. No way man, stay radical!” Well, my kids are grown up now […]

Bird flu reaches mainland Antarctica for first time, scientists say

Buenos Aires, Argentina Reuters A deadly type of bird flu has been confirmed on the mainland of Antarctica for the first time, scientists said, a potential risk for the southern region’s huge penguin colonies. “This discovery demonstrates for the first time that the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza virus has reached Antarctica despite the distance and […]

Biden hopes for ceasefire in days as Israelis, Hamas take part in Qatar talks

Updated: 11:45am (AEDT) Jerusalem/Cairo, Egypt Reuters US President Joe Biden said he hopes to have a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza by next Monday as the warring parties appeared to close in on a deal during negotiations in Qatar that also aim to broker the release of hostages. The presence of both sides […]

Islamist Nigerian militants press attacks against Christians to foment religious war

Abuja, Nigeria RNS Islamist Fulani militants in the central Nigerian state of Plateau are continuing an anti-Christian killing spree that began with a devastating Christmas-time attack that left almost 200 Christians dead and hundreds others injured. On 18th February, six people were ambushed, with one killed and others injured, including a woman who was raped. […]