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South Koreans still seek answers 10 years after Sewol ferry disaster

Ansan, South Korea Reuters South Korea remembered the 304 people, most of them school children, who died on the Sewol ferry on the 10th anniversary of its sinking on Tuesday, with families calling for a proper apology for the unnecessary deaths of their loved ones. Many parents attended a memorial service in the city of […]

Casualties from Myanmar landmines jump to over 1,000 last year, says UNICEF

Reuters The number of civilian casualties, including children, who were killed or maimed by landmines and explosive ordnance in Myanmar more than doubled last year to 1,052, the UN children’s agency said on Thursday, as conflict raged in the impoverished country. Landmines and explosive remnants of war caused a 270 per cent jump in casualties […]

Mums ban outdoor fun as air pollution worsens in Vietnam capital

Hanoi, Vietnam Reuters Nga Trang has nearly stopped going out in the evening and forbids her kids to play outdoors after school because air pollution from burning trash gets worse in her neighbourhood in Hanoi in the late afternoon. A Hanoian by birth, Nga, 44, is one of many residents of Vietnam’s capital whose daily […]

UN warns of catastrophic hunger in Sudan in coming months

Updated: 9:30am (AEDT) Geneva, Switerzland Reuters Nearly five million people in Sudan could suffer catastrophic hunger in parts of the war-torn country in the coming months, United Nations aid chief Martin Griffiths warned the Security Council on Friday in a note seen by Reuters. Griffiths said acute levels of hunger were being driven by the […]

Biden says Gaza ceasefire deal is in Hamas’ hands as Ramadan nears

Cairo, Egypt/Rafah, Gaza Strip Reuters US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that a deal for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip in exchange for the release of Israeli hostages was in the hands of Hamas, as delegations held a third day of talks with no sign of a breakthrough. Negotiators from the Palestinian militant […]

As Gaza’s hunger crisis worsens, emaciated children seen at hospitals

Rafah, Gaza Strip Reuters Two Palestinian toddlers with sunken eyes and emaciated faces, one in a yellow cardigan and the other in a stripy top, were lying side by side on a bed in a Gaza clinic, their thin, bony legs protruding from diapers that looked too big for them. This was the scene on […]