Putumayo Province, Colombia

An environmental activist in southern Colombia's steamy jungle province of Putumayo was preparing to run some errands earlier this year when she received a warning from a contact, she said. 

"He wrote me a message saying it's better I don't go outside...They've sent

United Nations

The United Nations is faced with rival claims to Myanmar's seat at the 193-member world body as the ruling junta seeks to cement its coup with international legitimacy by ousting the UN ambassador appointed by Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government.

Ahead of the annual

Geneva, Switzerland/New York City, US

Donors have pledged more than $US1.1 billion to help Afghanistan, where poverty and hunger have spiralled since the Islamist Taliban took power, and foreign aid has dried up, raising the spectre of a mass exodus.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, speaking halfway

Bratislava, Slovakia

Pope Francis warned against too much focus on individual rights and culture wars at the expense of the common good on Monday during a visit to Slovakia amid increased nationalism and anti-immigrant sentiment across eastern Europe.

The 84-year-old Francis, looking fit, is making his first

Maiduguri, Nigeria

Seventy-five children who were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria's north-western Zamfara State have been released after their abductors came under pressure from a military crackdown, a state official said on Monday.

Gunmen took the students from the village of Kaya on 1st September, the

Beirut, Lebanon

Lebanon's financial meltdown has swiftly worsened in the last month, with much of the country crippled by fuel shortages that have ignited country-wide security incidents. 

Exacerbated by political deadlock, Lebanon's rapid deterioration has prompted Western concern. Some senior Lebanese officials have sounded the alarm about a country that

Athens, Greece

Greece would seek to block a potential wave of Afghan asylum-seekers fleeing Taliban rule and needs more European Union help on migrant issues, the Prime Minister said on Sunday. 

The Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan has brought fears of a replay of 2015 when nearly a

Manila, The Philippines

Several communities remain flooded and without power after a strong typhoon battered the Philippines' northernmost islands, the authorities said on Sunday, displacing thousands of people. 

Typhoon Chanthu, which at one point was categorised by the Philippine weather bureau as a category 5 storm, has

Islamabad, Pakistan

As international donors gather in Geneva on Monday to discuss humanitarian relief for Afghanistan under Taliban rule, neighbours China and Pakistan have already reached out with aid and discussions of future assistance.

The economy in the war-torn country is in crisis and a humanitarian crisis

Vienna, Austria

The new barracks of the Vatican Swiss Guard, the elite and colourfully dressed corps that protects the pope, will be designed to accommodate female guards even though they are not yet allowed, a Swiss newspaper reported on Sunday.

Nearly all of the guard are single

New Delhi, India/Colombo, Sri Lanka

Political detainees in Sri Lanka are being tortured while in police and military custody, a human rights lawyer who wrote a report on alleged abuses said, ahead of a UN human rights summit.

The International Truth and Justice Project, a rights group

Warsaw, Poland

A Polish cardinal persecuted by communist authorities during the Cold War and a nun dedicated to helping the blind took a step towards sainthood on Sunday when they were beatified.

Though shaken by child abuse scandals, the Catholic Church remains enormously important in Poland and

London, UK

The world's poorest countries have asked for more help to meet vaccination and quarantine requirements and costs to ensure they can take part in next month's global climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

The talks aim to spur bigger commitments to start reducing man-made greenhouse

Budapest, Hungary

Pope Francis urged Hungary on Sunday to “extend its arms towards everyone,” in a veiled critique of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s anti-migrant policies as the pontiff opened a four-day visit to Central Europe, his first big international outing since undergoing intestinal surgery in July.



More than 42 million old vehicle tyres dumped in Kuwait's sands have started to be recycled, as the Gulf state tackles a waste problem that created one of the world's largest tyre graveyards.

The massive dump site was a mere seven kilometres from a residential suburb.




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