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Doctors who visited Gaza speak of “atrocities”, collapsing healthcare

Reuters The healthcare system in Gaza has essentially collapsed, Western doctors who visited the Palestinian enclave in recent months told an event at the United Nations on Monday, speaking of “appalling atrocities” from Israel’s offensive. The four doctors from the United States, United Kingdom and France have been working with teams in Gaza to support […]

US Supreme Court lets Texas border enforcement law take effect

Washington DC, US Reuters The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let a Republican-backed Texas law take effect that allows state law enforcement authorities to arrest people suspected of illegally crossing the US-Mexico border, rejecting a bid to block it by President Joe Biden’s administration. The court has a six-to-three conservative majority, and its three liberal […]

Gloomy youth pull US and western Europe down global happiness ranking

London, UK Reuters Rising unhappiness among younger people has caused the United States and some large western European countries to fall down a global wellbeing index, while Nordic nations retain their grip on the top spots. The annual World Happiness Report, launched in 2012 to support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, is based on […]

Zimbabwe sect leader accused of child abuse is denied bail

Norton, Zimbabwe Reuters The leader of a religious sect in Zimbabwe was denied bail on Tuesday after being arrested last week for suspected child abuse when police found 251 minors working on his farm and 16 graves. Ishmael Chokurongerwa, 56, described by police as a “self-styled prophet” appeared in court in the town of Norton […]

UN nuclear watchdog chief visits Syria to restart talks

Damascus, Syria Reuters UN nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi said he visited Damascus on Tuesday to restart talks focused on fostering confidence in the peaceful use of atomic energy by Syria. Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad meets with International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi in Damascus, Syria, on 19th March, 2024. PICTURE: SANA/Handout […]

Hong Kong passes security law which critics say further threatens freedoms

Hong Kong, China Reuters Hong Kong lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously passed a new national security bill within two weeks of it being presented, fast-tracking a major piece of legislation that critics say further threatens the China-ruled city’s freedoms. The package, known as Article 23, punishes offences including treason, sabotage, sedition, the theft of state secrets, […]

US to lift Afghan visa limit under Biden, Congress deal

Washington DC, US Reuters US President Joe Biden’s administration has reached a compromise deal with Republicans in House of Representatives to lift the number of resettlement visas for Afghans who worked for the United States, US lawmakers said on Tuesday. The congressionally-authorised limit of 38,500 Special Immigration Visas (SIVs), which offer a path to US […]