Greenbelt, Maryland, US

NASA on Tuesday drew back the curtain on billions of years of cosmic evolution with the inaugural batch of photos from the largest, most powerful observatory ever launched to space, saying the luminous imagery showed the telescope exceeds expectations.

The first full-colour, high-resolution


Venezuelan refugee women face rising gender-based violence in Peru and Colombia, as governments are not guaranteeing their "right to a life free of violence," Amnesty International said in a report on Tuesday. 

Since Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro took office in 2013, more than six million Venezuelans have

Kyiv, Ukraine

Ukraine said on Tuesday it had carried out a long-range rocket strike against Russian forces and military equipment in southern Ukraine, territory it says it is planning to retake in a counter-offensive using hundreds of thousands of troops.

The strike hit an ammunition dump in

United States

A fact-finding commission of the Episcopal Church will research the history of the denomination’s role in operating boarding schools for Native American children - part of a system the church now acknowledges was rooted in white supremacy and caused generations of trauma.

The denomination's General

Tokyo, Japan

With prayers, flowers and flags draped in black ribbons, Japan on Tuesday said farewell to Shinzo Abe, a polarising figure who dominated politics as the country's longest-serving premier, before being gunned down at a campaign rally last week.

Crowds packed pavements lined with a heavy

Karachi, Pakistan

Torrential rains caused widespread flooding and damage in Pakistan's financial capital Karachi on Monday, even inundating the business district, officials said.

Most underpasses were flooded and there was nowhere to pump the flood waters out to, the chief minister for Sindh province, Murad

United States

US Jewish organisations have responded angrily to the vote by the Presbyterian Church (USA) declaring Israel an apartheid state, with some saying it amounted to anti-Semitism.

On Friday, the 1.1 million member denomination’s general assembly voted 266 to 116 on a resolution that stated

New Delhi, India

India is set to surpass China as the world's most populous country in 2023, with each counting more than 1.4 billion residents this year, a United Nations report said on Monday, warning that high fertility would challenge economic growth. 

The world's population, estimated to

US President Joe Biden unveiled the first image from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope in an event at the White House on Monday.

The image - which covers a patch of sky approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length by someone on the ground - reveals thousands

United Nations

UN officials will investigate the killing and wounding of children in Ukraine, Ethiopia and Mozambique, UN chief Antonio Guterres said on Monday in a report that found 2,515 children were killed and 5,555 maimed in global conflicts in 2021.

The annual Children and Armed Conflict  report

United States

Faith leaders from a wide range of traditions, including those whose houses of worship have been attacked, were at the White House on Monday as members of Congress and other gun control advocates gathered for a White House celebration of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act,

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Gun battles between rival gangs have killed more than 50 people since Friday near Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince, a local mayor said on Monday, amid a continuing escalation of violence gripping the Caribbean nation.

Shootouts between gangs in the impoverished suburb of Cite Soleil have also

Vatican City

While the Vatican hopes to renew a secretive and controversial deal with China regarding bishops’ appointments, the European Parliament urged the Catholic institution to stand in defence of religious freedom in Hong Kong.

The European Parliament called on the Holy See to “strengthen its diplomatic

London, UK

Britain's new prime minister will be announced on 5th September, with the first votes to begin eliminating candidates in a crowded and increasingly unpredictable and divisive contest to replace Boris Johnson coming this week.

So far 11 candidates have thrown their hat in the ring

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's parliament will elect a new president on 20th July, its speaker said on Monday, after protesters stormed the residences of the current President and Prime Minister, who have both offered to quit amid an economic meltdown.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who had

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