Geneva, Swizterland

The World Health Organization on Wednesday called for Gaza's vulnerable health infrastructure to be safeguarded as the war-torn enclave faces an increased risk of epidemics and challenges in detecting infectious diseases. 

A fragile truce agreement between Israel and Hamas last week has allowed WHO

Updated: 12pm (AEDT)

Sixteen people who were being held hostage in Gaza were handed over to Israeli officials on Wednesday, the second and last day of an extended truce in the Gaza war between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, the Red Cross and

London, UK/Athens, Greece

A dispute between Britain and Greece over the ownership of the Parthenon Sculptures, known as the Elgin marbles, escalated on Tuesday, with both sides blaming the other for the cancellation of a planned meeting between their two leaders.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak cancelled


Farmers in Gaza were taking advantage of the truce between Israel and Hamas to harvest what was left of their olives after weeks of fighting during which they dared not go to their lands for fear of getting killed.

In a normal year the harvest

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Destruction across the Amazon rainforest so far this year has slowed dramatically, down 55.8 per cent from the same period a year ago in a major turnaround for the region vital to curbing climate change, according to an analysis provided to Reuters.


Vienna, Austria

Interpol has come a long way in preventing abuse by Russia and others of its "red notice" system where a country asks others to arrest a suspect, and cannot do much more for now to improve it, the agency's head said on Tuesday.


Russia's Internal Affairs ministry is preparing a bill that would oblige foreigners entering the country to sign a "loyalty agreement" that would bar them from discrediting official policies, the TASS state news agency reported early on Wednesday. 

The agreement would be aimed at protecting Russia's "national

Kyiv, Ukraine

Ten people have died in snowstorms in Ukraine, Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko said on Tuesday, after icy winds and storms swept the country since Sunday, cutting power and blocking roads.

Southern Ukraine was the worst affected, particularly the Black Sea region of Odesa. Cars

Cairo, Egypt

A top Sudanese general has said the United Arab Emirates is sending supplies to the Rapid Support Forces, publicly accusing the UAE of involvement in its war with its powerful paramilitary rival for the first time.

Army leaders had previously only hinted at interference

Vatican City

Pope Francis has decided to punish one of his highest-ranking critics, Cardinal Raymond Burke, by revoking his right to a subsidised Vatican apartment and salary in the second such radical action against a conservative American prelate this month, according to two people briefed on the measures.

Francis told

Freetown, Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's government said on Tuesday that attacks on several locations in the capital Freetown on Sunday were a failed attempt to overthrow the government led mostly by bodyguards of former President Ernest Bai Koroma.

The West African nation's information minister Chernor Bah,

Geneva, Switzerland

More people could die from disease than from bombings in the Gaza Strip if its health system is not repaired, a World Health Organization spokesperson said on Tuesday, warning of a surge in infectious diseases and diarrhoea in children.

In figures deemed reliable by

Nairobi, Kenya

Severe flooding caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon has killed 120 people in Kenya, while people in almost 90,000 households have been forced to leave their homes, the government said on Tuesday.

The latest estimated death toll in Kenya has doubled as heavy


Haiti's brutal gang wars have spread from the capital to key farming heartlands, displacing tens of thousands of people and having a devastating impact on access to food staples, the United Nations said in a report on Tuesday.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk

Vatican City

Pope Francis has cancelled his planned trip to the COP28 climate meeting in Dubai because of the effects of influenza and lung inflammation, the Vatican said on Tuesday, adding to concerns about his health.

The Pope, who is 86, was due to begin a


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