Whakatane
Reuters

A New Zealand military team landed on a volcanic island on Friday morning to recover the bodies of eight people killed in an eruption this week, and police said the high-risk operation was going smoothly but slowly amid the risk of a fresh eruption. 

White Island,

London, UK
Reuters

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party will win an overwhelming victory in Britain's election with a majority of 86 seats in parliament to deliver Brexit on 31st January, an exit poll showed on Thursday.

The exit poll showed Johnson's Conservatives would win a landslide of

Washington DC, US
Reuters

US lawmakers moved closer on Thursday to impeaching Republican President Donald Trump, as members of a House of Representatives committee debated formal charges that are likely to be sent to the full House for a final vote next week.

The House Judiciary Committee

London, UK
Reuters

Voters go to the polls on Thursday in an election that will pave the way for Brexit under Prime Minister Boris Johnson or propel Britain towards another referendum that could ultimately reverse the decision to leave the European Union.

After failing to deliver Brexit by

Barcelona, Spain
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Guinean refugee Ibrahima Conde arrived in Paris knowing little about French culture. Two years later, he knows enough to work as a museum guide, a job he was trained for by the charity Sama for All.

The charity, founded in 2017, works with

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A mural by anonymous British street artist Banksy depicting a homeless man being pulled by two reindeer has gone viral on social media, as the number of homeless deaths in the country hit a new high last year.

A video of the living

Washington DC, US
RNS

The nation’s capital is about to have one less museum - the Newseum closes 31st December - but the Religious Freedom Center that was housed there will continue operations.

Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Freedom Forum Institute, which includes the centre among

Brussels, Belgium/Madrid, Spain
Reuters

Europe sought on Wednesday to bolster the world's faltering battle against climate change with its "Green Deal" to slash fossil fuel dependence, while teen activist Greta Thunberg rebuked global leaders for dragging their feet. 

With fires, floods and droughts ruining millions of lives around

Johannesburg, South Africa
Thomson Reuters Foundation

It has its own currency, passports and a blood-stained map, but this is no ordinary country. Welcome to the Republic of Sexual Abuse, the creation of a group of campaigners in South Africa, where a woman is murdered every three hours.

Wellington, New Zealand
Reuters

New Zealand officials lifted the death toll from this week's volcano eruption to eight on Thursday after two victims died in hospital, as ongoing seismic activity prevented teams from accessing the island to recover bodies.

Authorities said eight bodies remained on the island and

Last update: 10:40am, 12th December, 2019
Sydney, Australia
Reuters

The South Pacific islands of Bougainville have overwhelmingly voted to be independent from Papua New Guinea, the referendum commission said on Wednesday, in a historic poll that will embolden separatists as they start negotiating the terms of their sovereignty.

Rome, Italy
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Climate change could spur stronger crop-wilting heatwaves that hit several of the world's major grain producing regions simultaneously, potentially sparking food shortages and unrest, researchers warned this week.

Crop failures in one part of the world - from weather disasters or other causes

Chennai, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Thousands of migrant workers in India are at risk from accidents like the factory fire that has killed 43 people in New Delhi, campaigners said on Monday, urging the government to clamp down on illegal sweatshops.

The blaze swept through a four-storey building

Madrid, Spain
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Four out of 10 young people view climate change as one of the most important issues facing the world, an Amnesty International survey on the state of human rights showed on Tuesday, as environmental groups said UN climate talks in Madrid were failing

Reuters

At least five people were killed, up to 20 injured and several were reported missing after a volcano suddenly erupted off the east coast of New Zealand's North Island on Monday, spewing a plume of ash thousands of feet into the air.

Here are some previous volcanic

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