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US, Japan urge nations not to deploy nuclear weapons in orbit

Washington DC, US Reuters The United States and Japan on Monday proposed a UN Security Council resolution stressing that nations should comply with a treaty that bars putting nuclear weapons in space, a message that appeared aimed at Russia. Washington believes Moscow is developing a space-based anti-satellite nuclear weapon whose detonation could cause havoc by […]

UN secretary-general alarmed by reports of Myanmar airstrikes

Reuters United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is alarmed by reports that military airstrikes in Myanmar, including on Monday in Minbya township, have killed and injured many civilians, a UN spokesman said. Myanmar has been convulsed by turmoil since the military seized power from an elected government in a 2021 coup. “The expansion of conflict in […]

Arizona county faces ‘homelessness on steroids’ as migrant shelter funds run out

Washington DC/Tucson, Arizona Reuters An Arizona migrant shelter that has housed thousands of asylum seekers plans to halt most operations in two weeks when funding from Washington runs out, a problem for towns along the border where officials fear a surge in homelessness and extra costs. Arizona’s Pima County, which borders Mexico, has said that […]

Australian regulator demands social media firms disclose anti-terrorism efforts

Sydney, Australia Reuters An Australian regulator has sent legal letters to social media platforms from YouTube, X and Facebook to Telegram and Reddit, demanding they hand over information about their efforts to stamp out terrorism content. The e-Safety Commission said it was concerned the platforms were not doing enough to stop extremists from using live-streaming […]

Iceland volcano still pouring out fountains of lava

Copenhagen, Denmark Reuters A volcano in Iceland that erupted on Saturday for the fourth time since December was still spewing smoke and bright orange lava into the air on Monday although infrastructure and a nearby fishing town were safe for now, authorities said. Magma had been accumulating underground on the Reykjanes peninsula near Iceland’s capital […]

Gambian parliament debates bill to reverse ban on female genital mutilation

Banjul, Gambia Reuters Gambian lawmakers on Monday debated whether to repeal a ban on female genital mutilation, which has been on the rise in recent years despite activist campaigns to end the practice. The small West African nation imposed steep fines and jail sentences in 2015 for those who carry out female circumcision, known by […]


When Steve Jobs released his MP3 player, did he realise that he was putting a time machine into our pocket? PICTURE: Yuriy T/iStockphoto When I listen to Pray for Rain’s self-titled ‘92 debut album, I’m taking back to my college dorm as a university student just trying to make my way in the world. When […]

Zimbabwe goes hungry as crops wither amid El Nino drought

Buhera, Zimbabwe Reuters Residents of the Zimbabwean village of Buhera stood in groups at a primary school waiting to be called by name to receive life-saving handouts of grain, peas and cooking oil. “We are grateful, but the food will only be enough for one month,” said Mushaikwa, 71, who lives with her elderly husband, […]