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Haiti suspected gang members set on fire as conflict spreads to capital suburb

Reuters Suspected gang members were killed during an attack on the Petion-Ville neighbourhood on the southern outskirts of Haiti’s capital, as a clash with police and locals pointed to a resurgence of vigilante justice while the state remains absent. The latest outburst of violence comes as the political future of the crisis-racked Caribbean island nation […]

Venezuela arrests allies of opposition leader Machado

Caracas, Venezuela Reuters Venezuela Attorney General Tarek Saab said on Wednesday that two people close to opposition candidate Maria Corina Machado had been arrested, prompting Machado to call the charges leveled at her team “completely false.” The arrests are set to complicate an already-confused scenario ahead of the July presidential contest. Machado won the opposition’s […]

Mums ban outdoor fun as air pollution worsens in Vietnam capital

Hanoi, Vietnam Reuters Nga Trang has nearly stopped going out in the evening and forbids her kids to play outdoors after school because air pollution from burning trash gets worse in her neighbourhood in Hanoi in the late afternoon. A Hanoian by birth, Nga, 44, is one of many residents of Vietnam’s capital whose daily […]

World “losing the battle” against electronic waste, UN finds

Geneva, Switzerland Reuters The world is losing the battle against electronic waste, a UN expert said on Wednesday, after a report found 62 million metric tons of mobile phones and devices were dumped on the planet in just one year – and this is expected to increase by a third by 2030. Electronic waste, also […]

Dengue outbreak in Argentina on track to break records

Buenos Aires/Salta, Argentina Reuters A major outbreak in Argentina of dengue, a mosquito-borne illness that can be fatal, is on track to smash previous records, reflecting wider worry around South America where warmer and wetter weather has led to a surge in cases. Over 120,000 cases have been recorded so far in Argentina in the […]

Indonesia’s President-elect Prabowo urges unity after resounding victory

Jakarta, Indonesia Reuters Indonesia’s Prabowo Subianto pledged on Wednesday to be a president for all Indonesians after official results showed him sweeping last month’s election, even as rivals said they would mount legal challenges over the electoral process. The former special forces commander and current defence minister won the 14th February contest with nearly 60 […]