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South Korea deploys military, public doctors to strike-hit hospitals

Seoul, South Korea Reuters South Korea will start deploying military physicians and doctors from public health centres to strike-hit hospitals on Monday to help care for patients affected by the walkout of nearly 12,000 trainee doctors from 100 hospitals over government reform plans. Twenty military surgeons along with 138 public health doctors will be assigned […]

Myanmar junta’s conscription plan lays bare toll of fighting rebels

Reuters The Myanmar’s military conscription plan reveals the heavy toll that months of incessant fighting against rebels have had on its troops and the struggles the generals are facing to replenish their ranks, analysts, diplomats and a defector said. The plan, which was announced this week, comes after the junta lost control of swathes of […]

Israel fighting with Gaza, Lebanon intensifies; US bolsters Middle East weaponry

Palestinians gather around the remains of a mosque destroyed in Israeli strikes, as the conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas continues, in the northern Gaza Strip, on 22nd October, 2023

GazaReuters Fears that the Israel-Hamas war could mushroom into a wider Middle East conflict rose on Sunday with Washington warning of a significant risk to US interests in the region as ally Israel pounded Gaza and clashes on its border with Lebanon intensified. Gaza’s Health Ministry said 266 Palestinians, including 117 children, had been killed […]

Israeli forensic teams describe signs of torture, abuse

Israeli soldiers inspect the burnt car of a festival-goer at the site of an attack on the Nova Festival by Hamas gunmen from Gaza, near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, in southern Israel, on 13th October, 2023

Ramla, Israel Reuters Military forensic teams in Israel have examined bodies of victims of last week’s Hamas attack on communities around the Gaza Strip and found multiple signs of torture, rape and other atrocities, officers said the weekend. Around 1,300 bodies have been brought to an army base in Ramla in central Israel where forensic […]

Israel’s reservists drop everything and rush home following Hamas bloodshed

Israeli military drive on a road in southern Israel, as rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip, outside Sderot, on 7th October, 2023.

New York, US/Dubai, United Arab EmiratesReuters Some were on their honeymoon, others were studying abroad, many were building new lives in foreign countries. But when Israel called up its reservists and declared war this week, the response was swift and overwhelming. “Everyone is coming. No-one is saying no,” said Yonatan Steiner, 24, who flew back […]

Floods in India’s Sikkim state leave 10 dead, 82 missing

Guwahati/New Delhi Reuters At least 10 people were killed in India’s state of Sikkim and 82 others, including 23 army personnel, were missing after heavy rainfall caused the glacial Lhonak lake to overflow, spurring catastrophic flooding in the region on Wednesday, officials said.  The north-eastern state received 40.9 mm of rainfall between Tuesday and Wednesday […]

Clashes between gangs, military kill at least 20 in Colombia

Bogota, ColombiaReuters At least 20 people were killed as Colombian military personnel clashed with FARC dissidents and the Clan del Golfo crime gang in different parts of the country, authorities said on Monday. Fighting in Cauca province, in the municipality of Argelia, killed 12 combatants from a dissident group of the now-demobilised Revolutionary Armed Forces […]

Mexican armed forces were complicit in students’ disappearance, new report finds

Carlos Martin Beristain and Angela Buitrago, members of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts, attend the last press conference on the 43 missing students of the Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College, in Mexico City, Mexico, on 25th July, 2023.

Mexico City, MexicoReuters Mexican security forces were complicit in the 2014 abduction of 43 student teachers and concealed documents which showed where some of them were taken, according to a new report by an independent panel of international experts presented on Tuesday.  Carlos Martin Beristain and Angela Buitrago, members of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent […]

Suicide bomber kills at least 30 soldiers in Somali capital – military sources

Mogadishu, SomaliaReuters A suicide bomber killed at least 30 soldiers and wounded scores more inside a military academy in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Monday, two military sources said, in an attack claimed by the al-Shabaab militant group.  A military campaign launched by government forces and allied militiamen last year has forced the al-Qaeda-linked group from […]