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Russia arrests suspected gunmen as concert toll soars to 115

Moscow, Russia Reuters Russia has arrested 11 people including four suspected gunmen in connection with a shooting rampage that killed at least 115 people in a concert hall near Moscow, the Kremlin said on Saturday. Militant Islamist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack, the deadliest in Russia for 20 years. But there were […]

UN chief to visit Gaza border in new plea for truce

Cairo, Egypt Reuters United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will visit Egypt’s border with Gaza on Saturday to renew pleas for a ceasefire that could bring relief to a territory devastated by more than five months of war between Israel and Hamas. His trip comes as Israel threatens to launch a major military operation in the […]

New fish invade the Adriatic Sea, threatening local species

Dubrovnik, Croatia/Kotor, Montenegro Reuters For decades, Croatian fisherman Marko Kristic has cast his nets in the sparkling waters of the Adriatic Sea. Now an invasion of the Mediterranean parrotfish is endangering his traditional catch and his livelihood, he says. Due to climate change and increased maritime traffic, the parrotfish, along with around 50 new species, […]

Moldovan Parliament backs bid to join EU, but divisions remain

Chisinau, Moldova Reuters Moldova’s Parliament this week endorsed an appeal to press on with a drive to join the European Union, but the opposition walked out of the vote and separatists in the Transdniestria region urged authorities to drop their claim to the enclave. President Maia Sandu, who says Russia is the biggest threat to […]

Ahead of Easter rush, officials say drought must not put off Barcelona tourists

Barcelona, Spain Reuters Tourists arriving at Barcelona’s airport or gazing at its iconic Sagrada Familia basilica will this Easter holiday be met with large signs in English that read: “Drought alert. During your stay, save water”. As the impact of climate change intensifies across southern Europe, Spain’s Mediterranean region of Catalonia, which includes Barcelona, is […]

At least 40 fires set in night of arson across Thailand’s south

Bangkok, Thailand Reuters Attackers set fire to shops, cars and utility poles in at least 40 locations across Thailand’s deep south in the early hours of Friday, authorities said, killing at least one person in a coordinated wave of arson. The attacks occurred at around 1:00 am across four southern provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat […]

Haiti gang wars push hunger to worst levels on record, reports say

Port-au-Prince, Haiti Reuters Almost half of Haiti’s people are struggling to feed themselves as gang violence spreads across the country, with several areas close to famine, international organisations said on Friday. Inflation and poor harvests have also helped push Haiti to its worst levels of food insecurity on record, they said. People take cover from […]

Over 70 Rohingya dead or missing after boat capsizes off Indonesia’s Aceh

Jakarta, Indonesia Reuters More than 70 Rohingya are “presumed dead or missing” after a boat they were on capsized off the coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province, while 75 have been rescued, the UNHCR refugee agency said on Friday. The UNHCR said in a joint statement with the International Organization for Migration that if the death […]

UK royal Kate having chemotherapy after “huge shock” of cancer discovery

London, UK Reuters Kate, Britain’s Princess of Wales, said on Friday she was undergoing preventative chemotherapy after tests taken after she had major abdominal surgery in January revealed that cancer had been present. Kate, the 42-year-old wife of heir to the throne Prince William, called the cancer discovery a “huge shock”. The news comes as […]