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Chile reopens inquiry into Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda’s 1973 death

Santiago, Chile Reuters A Chilean appeals court on Tuesday ordered the reopening of an investigation into the death of the leftist poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda in 1973 soon after the military seized power in a coup. A picture of Chilean poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda is seen inside his museum house in the […]

EU’s democratic safeguards on financial aid fall short, auditors say

Brussels, Belgium Reuters EU conditions for ensuring rule of law among member states before they can receive financial aid are not strong enough to completely rule out a backsliding in democracy, the 27-nation bloc’s auditors said on Wednesday.  The European Union has tightened democratic safeguards on payouts from the bloc’s shared budget in recent years […]

“It stinks!”: Milan residents grapple with high pollution

Milan, Italy Reuters Pietro De Luca lives in Italy’s finance and fashion capital Milan but often thinks of moving to a cleaner city with his wife and three children to escape high pollution and the health risks it causes. “It stinks! I smell a constant stench of smog, I cough, I feel my throat burning,” […]

Pakistan’s largest parties strike deal on coalition government

Islamabad, Pakistan Reuters Two major Pakistan political parties said on Tuesday that they had reached a formal agreement to form a coalition government, ending ten days of intense negotiations after an inconclusive national election did not return a clear majority. The agreement between Bhutto Zardari’s Pakistan Peoples Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz of three-time Premier Nawaz Sharif ends days of […]

Palestinians describe terrifying and chaotic flight from Gaza hospital

Rafah, Gaza Strip Reuters Gunfire echoed around Palestinian medics, patients and displaced people during what they described as a terrifying and chaotic night evacuation from Gaza’s Nasser Hospital after it was stormed by Israeli forces. Survivors of last week’s assault on the second-biggest hospital in Gaza said they then faced a treacherous walk to safety […]

Opposition protesters hurl petrol bombs at Albania government building

Tirana, Albania Reuters Opposition protesters pelted Albania’s government building with petrol bombs and rocks late on Tuesday, accusing state officials of involvement in organised crime and corruption after their leader was placed under house arrest. Thousands gathered in front of the government headquarters in the capital Tirana as riot police officers were called in to […]