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Israeli attack on Rafah tent camp kills 45, prompts global outcry

NIDAL AL-MUGHRABI and DAN WILLIAMS Updated: 7:40am Cairo, Egypt/Jerusalem Reuters An Israeli airstrike triggered a fire that killed 45 people in a tent camp in the Gazan city of Rafah, officials said on Monday, prompting an outcry from global leaders who urged the implementation of a World Court order to halt Israel’s assault. Palestinian families […]

UN General Assembly declares Srebrenica genocide remembrance day

United Nations/Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Reuters The United Nations General Assembly declared 11th July an international day of remembrance of the Srebrenica genocide in a vote on Thursday that survivors branded as historic and Serbs as a failure, reflecting deep ethnic divisions in Bosnia. The massacre of about 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in […]

Srebrenica survivors still haunted as UN votes on genocide remembrance

Srebrenica, Bosnia Reuters Kada Hotic last saw her son, husband and brother on 11th July, 1995, as Bosnian Serb forces swamped the United Nations “safe zone” of the town of Srebrenica, forcing thousands of panicked Muslims to flee. Shells exploded around Hotic and her family as they ran towards a UN base for safety, passing […]

Blocked last year for his views on sexuality, theologian gets green light to head academy

Vatican City RNS Nearly a year after the Vatican blocked an Italian theologian’s candidacy to become the dean of an influential German and Italian academy due to his progressive writings on sexuality and gender, the Vatican finally approved of his appointment without comment, according to the theologian. “The reasons why the decision was revised were […]

Analysis – Why German politicians are facing growing violence

Berlin, Germany Reuters The black-clad attackers beat up Matthias Ecke so badly as he put up posters in Dresden that he needed surgery. In Nordhorn, a man threw eggs at a lawmaker then punched him in the face. In Berlin, a pensioner hit a senator on the head with a bag. Just three of the […]

Migrant charity defies Italy over surveillance plane restrictions

Rome, Italy Reuters A German rescue charity on Wednesday launched a fresh aerial surveillance mission from Italy to track down migrant boats in difficulty in the central Mediterranean, defying restrictions by Italian authorities. The Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) this week said it was banning small planes used by migrant charities from airports on the […]

US, most EU nations to boycott Putin’s inauguration over Ukraine war

Paris, France/London, UK Reuters The United States and most European Union nations will boycott a Kremlin ceremony to swear in Vladimir Putin for a new six-year term as president on Tuesday, but France and some other EU states were expected to send an envoy despite a plea by Kyiv. The varying diplomatic response by the […]

US, 17 other countries urge Hamas to release hostages, end Gaza crisis

Washington DC, US Reuters The United States and 17 other countries on Thursday issued an appeal for Hamas to release all of its hostages as a pathway to end the crisis in Gaza, but Hamas vowed not to relent to international pressure. “We call for the immediate release of all hostages held by Hamas in […]

“Europe could die”: Macron urges stronger defences, economic reforms

Paris, France Reuters French President Emmanuel Macron called on Thursday for stronger, more integrated European defences as he outlined his vision for a more assertive European Union on the global stage. In a speech at the Sorbonne University in Paris, he also said the continent must not become a vassal of the United States. “There […]

Ukraine seeks G7, NATO help for battered air defences

Capri, Italy Reuters Ukraine warned foreign ministers from the Group of Seven major powers on Thursday they had to change strategy if they wanted Kyiv to withstand increasingly destructive Russian air assaults. G7 ministers meeting on the island of Capri acknowledged the need to get more air defence systems to Ukraine and applauded Ukrainian Foreign […]