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Christians in Turkey pray for return to the ruins of ancient Antioch

Antakya, Turkey Reuters The Antioch Greek Orthodox Church brought Christians together in Turkey’s Antakya for centuries until last year, when an earthquake killed dozens of them and sent hundreds more fleeing. Though it now lies in ruins, many pray it will again bring them back. “Our churches are levelled and our bell towers are silent,” […]

Anger at Turkish Government spills over at earthquake anniversary vigil

Hatay, Turkey Reuters More than 10,000 people gathered early on Tuesday to hold a vigil for the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquakes that hit south-eastern Turkey, as some protested what they called government negligence in the aftermath. The magnitude 7.8 tremor, the deadliest disaster in Turkey’s modern history, levelled towns and parts of cities […]

Ukraine targets initial $US40 billion for ‘Green Marshall Plan’

A view shows a residential building destroyed in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine, on 14th April, 2022.

London, UKReuters War-torn Ukraine is seeking up to $US40 billion to fund the first part of a “Green Marshall Plan” to rebuild its economy, a senior Ukrainian government official told Reuters ahead of a summit this week. Politicians and financiers will discuss the country’s short-term funding issues as well as look at long-term reconstruction efforts […]

Russia tells UN Ukraine plans ‘dirty bomb’, West dismisses allegation

Ukraine Kharkiv mortar fire

Near Kherson frontline, Ukraine Reuters Russia on Tuesday took its case to the UN Security Council that Ukraine is preparing to use a “dirty bomb” on its own territory, an assertion dismissed by Western and Ukrainian officials as misinformation and a pretext for escalating the war. Moscow sent a letter detailing the allegations to the […]

“Global crisis, global response”: UN chief urges support for flood-hit Pakistan

Pakistan Bhan Syedabad floods1

Islamabad, Pakistan Reuters UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday visited several areas of Pakistan ravaged by floods, calling for increased global financial support at the end of a two-day trip aimed at raising awareness of the disaster. Record monsoon rains and glacier melt in northern mountains have triggered floods that have killed more than 1,391 […]

Notre-Dame’s restoration ready to start as safety work completed

France Paris Notre Dame reconstruction

Paris, FranceReuters Work to shore up the Notre-Dame de Paris has been finished, allowing restoration to start at the cathedral two years after a fire destroyed the attic and sent its spire crashing through the vaults below, officials said on Saturday. Soon after the April, 2019, blaze, President Emmanuel Macron said the cathedral – which […]