Bamako, Mali

A German priest who was abducted by al-Qaeda-linked rebels in Mali's capital in November, 2022, has been released by his captors, a former colleague told The Associated Press on Monday.

Church members in the capital of Bamako learned of the release of Rev Hans-Joachim Lohre

Updated: 8:50am (AEDT)
Cairo, Egypt/Jerusalem

A truce between Israel and Hamas in Gaza that was on the verge of expiring was extended by two days, mediator Qatar said on Monday, raising the prospect the Palestinian group will free hostages beyond the 69 released since Friday.


Ahmedabad, India

Twenty-four people have died by lightning strikes and about 23 have been left injured in rain-related incidents in the western Indian state of Gujarat over the past two days, government officials said, with rains continuing on Monday morning.

The state was hit by heavy

Beijing, China

China's health ministry on Sunday urged local authorities to increase the number of fever clinics as the country grapples with a surge in respiratory illnesses in its first full winter since easing COVID-19 restrictions.

The spike become a global issue last week when the

London, UK

Talks over a possible return of the British Museum's Parthenon Sculptures to Athens are not advancing quickly enough, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday as he prepared to meet British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak this week.

Athens has long campaigned for the

Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand’s new right-of-centre government was sworn in on Monday, with parliament expected to sit next week and begin working on new policies including a new central bank mandate and lifting a ban on oil and gas exploration.

New Zealand Governor General Cindy

Antananarivo, Madagascar

Madagascar's incumbent leader Andry Rajoelina effectively secured a third term after the electoral body (CENI) on the weekend said he had obtained the most votes in a presidential election marked by a low turn out and an opposition boycott.

Provisional results announced by

Kyiv, Ukraine

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Sunday thanked Ukraine's military for fighting Russian attacks and its rescue services for tackling the consequences of extreme winter weather that he said had deprived about 400 settlements in 10 regions of power.

In his nightly video address, Zelenskiy said

Kano, Nigeria

At least 150 people, including women and children, were abducted with one person killed in a coordinated attack by gunmen on four villages in Nigeria's north-west Zamfara state, residents said on Saturday. 

Kidnapping for ransom has become rife in north-western Nigeria in recent

Freetown, Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio said on Sunday that most of the leaders of an earlier attack on a military barracks in the capital Freetown had been arrested, adding that security operations and an investigation were ongoing.

"We will ensure that those

Vatican City

Pope Francis on Sunday revealed that he has a lung inflammation but will go later this week to Dubai to address the climate change conference.

Francis skipped his weekly Sunday appearance at a window overlooking St Peter’s Square, a day after the Vatican said he

Khan Younis, Gaza Strip

Under a night sky illuminated by moonlight rather than flares and explosions, Gaza resident Ibrahim Kaninch sat by a small bonfire outside his partially destroyed house, feeding the flames with bits of cardboard as he heated up water for tea.

London, UK

Tens of thousands of people including former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gathered in London on Sunday for a march against anti-Semitism, a day after large crowds turned out for a pro-Palestinian rally.

Johnson was joined by UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and other senior government officials

Silkyara, India

Indian rescuers began drilling vertically on Sunday from the top of a mountain under which 41 workers became trapped two weeks ago while working on a highway tunnel in the Himalayas, government officials said.

Heavy machinery is used amid rescue operations

Mogadishu, Somalia

The number of people killed by floods from heavy rains in Somalia has climbed to 96, state news agency SONNA said on Saturday. 

"Somalia's flood death toll climbs to 96," SONNA said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, adding the figure had


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