Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister resigned on Monday to make way for a unity government that would try to find a way out of the country's worst economic crisis in history, but protesters said they also wanted his brother to stand down as President.

Updated: 8am, 10th May, 2022 (AEST)
Kyiv/Kharkiv, Ukraine

Vladimir Putin exhorted Russians to battle in a defiant Victory Day speech on Monday, but was silent about plans for any escalation in Ukraine, despite Western warnings he might use his Red Square address to order a national

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon surged to record levels for the month of April, nearly doubling the area of forest removed in that month last year -- the previous April record -- preliminary government data showed on Friday, alarming environmental campaigners.

In the first 29

Seoul, South Korea

Yoon Suk-yeol seals his surge to the summit of South Korean politics on Tuesday when the man who once dreamt of becoming a pastor, but was nicknamed the 'fighting cock' for his tenacity as a prosecutor, is sworn in as president.

Elected in March,

Kyiv, Ukraine

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy presented Ukraine's famous mine sniffing dog Patron and his owner with a medal on Sunday to recognise their dedicated service since Russia's invasion.

The pint-size Jack Russell terrier has been credited with detecting more than 200 explosives and preventing their detonation since

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong's leader-in-waiting, John Lee, was endorsed for the city's top job on Sunday by a committee stacked with pro-Beijing loyalists, as the financial hub attempts to relaunch itself after several years of political upheaval.

Lee, the sole candidate, received the votes of 1,416


After a beloved choirmaster of a Texas church died in 2020, her congregation wanted to honour her in a unique way.

The committee of Cross Tracks Church, a United Methodist congregation in the Austin suburb of Liberty Hill, dedicated a memorial garden to Louine Noble

Berlin, Germany/Damascus, Syria

For 10 years, Rojin Derki hoped her brother Mohammad was still alive and would one day be released from a Syrian government prison after his arrest in 2012.

Yet when a presidential decree last week gave a general amnesty for prisoners, she had mixed

Rome, Italy

Pope Francis on Saturday blasted Catholics who, hewing to old-school versions of liturgy like the Latin Mass, have made an ideological battleground of the issue, decrying what he described as devil-inspired divisiveness in the church.

Francis pressed his papacy’s battle against traditionalists, whose prominent members

Manila, The Philippines

The Philippines votes on Monday in its most divisive presidential election in decades, with the prospect of a once unthinkable return to rule of the Marcos family, 36 years after they were toppled in a "people power" uprising. 

The election pits Vice President Leni

Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Irish nationalists in Belfast toasted Sinn Fein's historic election victory on Sunday while pro-British neighbours quietly fumed, but there was little sign the weekend's political earthquake was about to rock this once-troubled city. 

In a victory that would have been unimaginable a few

Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine

As many as 60 people are feared to have been killed when a bomb struck a village school in eastern Ukraine, the regional governor said on Sunday while Russian forces continued shelling the last holdout of Ukrainian resistance in the ruined south-eastern port of

New Delhi, India

India's main opposition Congress party on Friday demanded a hefty rise in compensation for the families of those who died of COVID-19, after the World Health Organization estimated the country's toll was nearly 10 times the reported figure.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government


The emperor penguin, which roams Antarctica's frozen tundra and chilly seas, is at severe risk of extinction in the next 30 to 40 years as a result of climate change, an expert from the Argentine Antarctic Institute warned.

The emperor, the world's largest penguin and one of

Converse, Texas, US

Aidan Garza often talks about his dad in the present tense, as if David Garza were still right across the living room, sitting in his favourite chair, calling the 12-year-old over to watch a Star Wars series. 

As if he had never collapsed while

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