Hong Kong
Reuters

Hong Kong's new Palace Museum, a gift from Beijing to marks 25th anniversary of the territory's return to Chinese rule, aims to engage the city's younger generation with Chinese culture, its director said on Wednesday.

Spanning more than 30,000 square metres, the museum showcases more

Belgrade, Serbia/Brussels, Belgium
Reuters

In Kosovo, which has been waiting for visa-free travel to the European Union since 2010, a restaurant owner has erected a large replica of France's famed Eiffel Tower for its diners. 

"We have built it as a form of consolation for the people

Vatican City
RNS

Earlier this month, Giuseppe Pignatone, one of the judges overseeing the Vatican’s “trial of a century", concerning corruption and money laundering by Catholic Church officials, joked that he hoped the proceedings would end by 2050.

At least, it was thought to be a joke: At

London, UK
Reuters

Britain's royals on Wednesday paid tribute to the 'Windrush generation' at the unveiling of a statue to commemorate the arrival of post-war migrants from the Caribbean, as the government again apologised for their recent mistreatment.

Exactly 74 years ago, the Empire Windrush ship arrived in

Athens, Greece
Reuters

Human rights defenders in Greece, particularly those documenting the treatment of migrants and refugees, face smear campaigns and are treated like criminals, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Mary Lawlor said on Wednesday.

Lawlor was presenting her preliminary findings at the end of

United States
RNS

Sergei Chapnin, a senior fellow at Fordham University’s Orthodox Christian Studies Center, was at an academic conference in early June when he began to hear from people in Russia that his articles on Public Orthodoxy, a blog hosted by the centre, weren’t available. He

Brasilia, Brazil
AP

A former education minister of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a federal police corruption investigation, further hurting the far-right leader's bid for reelection.

Milton Ribeiro left the post in March after Brazilian media reported leaked conversations of him with

Vatican City
Reuters

The Muslim widow of the Italian ambassador killed last year in Democratic Republic of Congo broke into tears on Wednesday as she told Pope Francis of her Catholic husband's commitment to help African children.

Luca Attanasio, his bodyguard Vittorio Iacovacci and their driver Mustapha Milambo

Kyiv/Kharkiv, Ukraine
Reuters

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Wednesday hailed the European Union's expected offer of candidate status for his battle-weary nation as Russian forces pounded Ukraine's second-biggest city Kharkiv and the eastern Donbas region.

European leaders will formally set Ukraine on the long road to EU

Mexico City, Mexico
AP

Well before many roads were paved in Mexico’s remote Tarahumara mountains, Jesuit priest Javier Campos crisscrossed the area on a motorcycle. During five decades ministering to its impoverished communities, his familiar imitation of a rooster and love of singing earned him the nickname

Last updated: 7.30am, 23rd June, 2022 (AEST)
Kabul, Afghanistan
Reuters

The death toll from an earthquake in Afghanistan on Wednesday hit 1,000, disaster management officials said, with more than 600 injured and the toll expected to grow as information trickles in from remote mountain villages.

Houses were reduced

London, UK
Reuters

Leaders of the global scheme aiming to get COVID-19 vaccines to the world's poorest are pushing manufacturers including Pfizer and Moderna to cut or slow deliveries of about half a billion shots so doses are not wasted. 

COVAX, the World Health Organization-led scheme, wants between

Belgrade, Serbia
Reuters

Each week about a dozen Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian expatriates opposed to Russia's invasion of Ukraine meet local Serbs in a Belgrade cafe to discuss the war and plan protest rallies.

Serbia's open borders to Russia have made the Balkan country a destination for thousands

Khartoum, Sudan
Reuters

An accelerated breakdown in services including water and electricity supplies has left Sudanese citizens counting the cost of political stalemate after a military takeover last October.

The slide in living conditions comes after the coup triggered the suspension of billions of dollars in international funding,

Updated: 3pm (AEST)
Mexico City, Mexico
AP

Two elderly Jesuit priests were killed inside a church where a man pursued by gunmen apparently sought refuge in a remote mountainous area of northern Mexico, the religious order’s Mexican branch announced Tuesday.

Javier Campos Morales, 79, and Joaquín César Mora

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