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Pro-Palestinian encampments spring up on more US college campuses

New York, US Reuters Pro-Palestinian students have set up tent encampments at more campuses across the US to protest Israel’s incursion into Gaza, after mass arrests at similar demonstrations at a handful of mostly East Coast colleges in recent days. The expanding protests include plans by a coalition of Jewish groups opposing Israel’s actions to […]

Argentina’s Milei faces biggest protest yet as students march over budget cuts

Buenos Aires, Argentina Reuters Hundreds of thousands of Argentines took to the streets of Buenos Aires on Tuesday in an anti-government march against budget cuts to public universities, the biggest protest yet against President Javier Milei’s painful austerity measures. The demonstrations are the latest example of rising tension over spending cuts that are helping undo […]


A mortarboard and graduation scroll, tied with red ribbon, on a stack of old battered book with empty space to the left.

At university, young people explore who they are. They test boundaries and rebel against the mainstream. PICTURE: Frannyanne/Shutterstock When I went to uni it was enough to grow your hair, protest, and stop all personal grooming to demonstrate your non-conformity. Since so many radical things have now become mainstream, how do young people rebel?  If you […]

UN halts some programs in Afghanistan after ban on women aid workers

Afghanistan Kabul street scene

United NationsReuters The United Nations said on Wednesday that some “time-critical” programs in Afghanistan have temporarily stopped and warned many other activities will also likely need to be paused because of a ban by the Taliban-led administration on women aid workers. UN aid chief Martin Griffiths, the heads of UN agencies and several aid groups […]

Taliban-led Afghan administration suspends women from universities; two detained Americans released

Afghanistan Kabul Kabul Education University women

Kabul, AfghanistanReuters Afghanistan’s Taliban-run higher education ministry on Tuesday suspended access to universities by female students until further notice, drawing strong condemnation from the United States, Britain and the United Nations.  A letter, confirmed by a spokesperson for the higher education ministry, instructed Afghan public and private universities to suspend access to female students immediately, […]

Security forces tear gas students defying Iran protest ultimatum

Iran Tehran protestors

Dubai, United Arab EmiratesReuters Protests in Iran entered a more violent phase on Sunday as students, who defied an ultimatum by the Revolutionary Guards and a warning from the President, were met with tear gas and gunfire from security forces, social media videos showed. The confrontations at dozens of universities prompted the threat of a […]

Iran prison fire kills four, injures 61 as protests persist

Iran Tehran Evin Prison fire

Dubai, United Arab EmiratesReuters A fire at Iran’s Evin prison late on Saturday killed four detainees and injured 61, state media reported, as anti-government protests sparked by a woman’s death in police custody continued on Sunday, including at several universities. Iranian authorities said on Saturday that a prison workshop had been set on fire “after […]

Colombia to give properties confiscated from drug groups to farmers, women

Colombia Bogata President Gustavo Petro

Bogata, Colombia Reuters Colombia will give properties confiscated from drug trafficking groups and valued at some $US4.9 billion to farmers, women’s organisations, youth collectives and universities, leftist President Gustavo Petro said this week.  The Andean country has traditionally sought to sell confiscated properties and goods to fund victim reparations and last year launched a real […]