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Study finds mercury contamination in Brazil’s Yanomami people

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Reuters Indigenous people from nine villages in Brazil’s Yanomami territory were found to be contaminated by mercury, with those living closer to illegal gold mining sites presenting higher levels of contamination, a study released on Thursday found. The study by Brazil’s state-run Fiocruz institute collected hair samples from about 287 Indigenous […]

Russian drone attack kills at least four in Ukraine’s Kharkiv, officials say

Reuters Russian drones hit high-rise apartment blocks and private homes early on Thursday in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, killing at least four people, including rescue workers in a repeat strike at the site of one attack, officials said. Kharkiv Regional Governor Oleh Synehubov, writing on the Telegram messaging app, put the death toll at […]

Taiwan earthquake injuries top 1,000, missing hotel workers found

Hualien, Taiwan Reuters The number of people injured in a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in eastern Taiwan climbed past 1,000 on Thursday though the death toll remained steady at nine, with dozens workers on their way to a hotel in a national park mostly now found safe. The temblor, the strongest in 25 years, hit on […]

Philippine court orders arrest of religious leader with ties to Duterte

Manila, Philippines Reuters A Philippine court has ordered the arrest of a church founder and longtime friend of former President Rodrigo Duterte, on charges of human trafficking and sexual abuse of a woman, court documents showed. The evangelist preacher, who also figures on the most wanted list of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the […]

Ministers to mark 75 years of NATO, discuss more support for Ukraine

Brussels, Belgium Reuters NATO foreign ministers meet on Thursday to celebrate the 75th anniversary of their alliance, having agreed to start planning for a greater role in coordinating military aid to Ukraine. On the second day of a meeting in Brussels, the ministers will mark the signing in Washington on 4th April, 1949, of the […]

Casualties from Myanmar landmines jump to over 1,000 last year, says UNICEF

Reuters The number of civilian casualties, including children, who were killed or maimed by landmines and explosive ordnance in Myanmar more than doubled last year to 1,052, the UN children’s agency said on Thursday, as conflict raged in the impoverished country. Landmines and explosive remnants of war caused a 270 per cent jump in casualties […]

Ukrainian defence attorneys face moral dilemma in war crime trials

Kyiv, Ukraine Reuters Sometimes Ukrainian lawyer Khrystyna Vrashchuk shudders when she thinks about the work she does. She is one of more than 200 attorneys who are defending suspected Russian war criminals and their local collaborators in cases across the country, presenting a moral dilemma that the lawyers do not always find easy to live […]