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Kishida delights Washington with promise of 250 cherry trees as independence gift

Washington DC, US Reuters Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida drew cheers and applause from US lawmakers on Thursday when he announced a plan to donate 250 cherry trees to the US capital to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the US independence. In a speech to the US Congress in Washington underscoring close ties between the […]

Peru’s dengue deaths triple as climate change swells mosquito population

Lima, Peru Reuters Deaths caused by the mosquito-born dengue disease have more than tripled in Peru so far this year, according to data from the South American nation’s government, which is redoubling efforts to contain an epidemic that has hit poor areas the hardest. The government of President Dina Boluarte this week said it had […]

US lawmakers, activists, urge action on migration from and firearms to Haiti

Reuters US lawmakers on Thursday called for the country to take further action to stop the flow of firearms to Haiti and to halt the forced return of migrants seeking to flee worsening street violence and shortages of essential supplies. Democratic congresswomen Ayanna Pressley, Cori Bush and Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick met with human rights advocates and […]

Myanmar troops retreat as rebels declare control over key border town

Reuters About 200 Myanmar military personnel withdrew to a bridge to Thailand on Thursday after a days-long assault by the anti-junta resistance, which declared it had won control of the critical border town of Myawaddy, the latest in a string of rebel wins. Myanmar’s military-run government is battling insurgencies on several fronts and has suffered […]

Malian parties reject junta’s suspension of political activities

Bamako, Mali Reuters Malian political parties and civil society groups jointly rejected on Thursday the ruling junta’s order to suspend political activities and vowed to mount a legal challenge to what one opposition politician called the “dictatorial” move. The West African country has been under military rule since a coup in 2020. Tensions have risen […]

A decade on, tragedy of Nigeria’s Chibok Girls endures outside the spotlight

Chibok, Nigeria Reuters Ten years ago, Solomon Maina’s daughter, Debora, was one of 276 schoolgirls kidnapped from their dormitory in the middle of the night by Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist militants. Global outrage was swift. A ubiquitous “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign, drawing support from the likes of Michelle Obama and Sylvester Stallone, shined a […]