San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain
Reuters

About a hundred horses jumped through bonfires in a purification ceremony on Sunday during the Spanish festival of "Las Luminarias", which was held for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The traditional nighttime celebration takes place in

Tegucugalpa, Honduras
Reuters

Hundreds of Hondurans and Nicaraguans on Saturday reached the Guatemalan border but were prevented from crossing by Guatemalan security forces, the first such US-bound migrant caravan to be formed this year in Central America.

Some migrants at the Izabel border crossing in Guatemala threw objects

Manila, Philippines
Reuters

Deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is "indispensable" in restoring democracy to the military-ruled country and must be included in any peace talks, regardless of her conviction, the Philippines' foreign minister said on Sunday.

In a strong rebuke of the Myanmar junta that

Milan, Italy
Reuters

Human rights group Amnesty International urged Italy to change tough anti-COVID restrictions to avoid discrimination against unvaccinated people.

In a recent decree Mario Draghi's government made vaccination mandatory for everyone over the age of 50 and for use of public transport and a range of

Updated: 11am (AEDT)
Sydney, Australia/Wellington, New Zealand
Reuters

Australia and New Zealand dispatched surveillance flights on Monday to assess the damage in Tonga, isolated from the rest of the world due to the eruption of an underwater volcano that triggered a tsunami and blanketed the Pacific island with

Kebbi, Nigeria
Reuters

Dozens of gunmen on motorbikes ransacked a village and killed more than 50 people in the latest violence in northwest Nigeria, residents said on Sunday. 

Gangs have been terrorising areas of the north-west in recent years, forcing thousands to flee and gaining global notoriety

Wellington, New Zealand
Reuters

Tsunami-hit Tonga remained largely uncontactable on Sunday with telephone and internet links severed, leaving relatives in faraway New Zealand praying for their families on the Pacific islands as casualty reports had yet to come through.

An underwater volcano off Tonga erupted on Saturday, triggering

Phoenix, Arizona, US
AP

As the nation prepares to mark the birthday of Rev Martin Luther King, Jr, some members of his family are spending it in conservative-leaning Arizona to mobilise support for languishing federal voting rights legislation. 

Martin Luther King III; his wife, Arndrea Waters King; and

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reuters

Ethiopia's foreign ministry has called on the World Health Organization to investigate its leader for supporting rebellious forces fighting the Ethiopian Government.

WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who previously served as the Ethiopian health minister and foreign minister, said earlier this week that

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Reuters

Cities and towns in Argentina and neighbouring countries in South America have been setting record high temperatures as the region swelters during a historic heat wave.

"Practically all of Argentina and also neighboring countries such as Uruguay, southern Brazil and Paraguay are experiencing the

Almaty, Kazakhstan
Reuters

The bodies of 225 people killed in unrest in Kazakhstan last week, including 19 members of the security forces, were delivered to morgues throughout the country, the prosecutor general's office said on Saturday.

The figure included civilians and armed "bandits" killed by security forces,

Brussels, Belgium
Reuters

The COVAX global vaccine-sharing program has delivered a billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, one of the organisations which manages it said on Saturday.

Supplies to poorer nations have long been very limited because of lack of vaccines, as wealthier states secured most of the doses initially

Seoul, South Korea
Reuters

North Korea tested a railway-borne missile in its firing drills on Friday, state media KCNA said on Saturday, amid a US push for fresh sanctions against the isolated state following its recent series of weapons tests. 

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said two

Reuters

Hackers who defaced and interrupted access to numerous Ukrainian Government websites on Friday could be setting the stage for more serious cyberattacks that would disrupt the lives of ordinary Ukrainians, experts said. 

"As tensions grow, we can expect more aggressive cyber activity in Ukraine and potentially elsewhere," said

Rome, Italy
AP

Pope Francis has long lamented that he can't walk around town unnoticed like he used to before becoming pope. But he seems to have nevertheless kept his sense of humour after he was caught on camera making an unannounced visit to a Rome record shop

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