A Somali boy’s mission to find food as climate change takes its toll

Somalia at nexus of ‘three Cs’ – conflict, costs, climate change Climate change means extreme weather patterns more common Children in Dollow town malnourished, scramble for food Million forced from homes and land by drought Drought envoy urges international community to do more DOLLOW, Somalia, June 20 (Reuters) – Each morning in this Somali border … Read more

‘Brutal’ battle for Ukraine’s Sievierodonetsk will determine fate of Donbas, president says

Sievierodonetsk battle key to Donbas – Zelenskiy Industrial city is being destroyed, Luhansk governor Ukrainian troops pull back to city outskirts Russian troops outnumber Ukrainian in Donbas – US KYIV / SLOVIANSK, Ukraine, June 9 (Reuters) – The battle for the Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk is brutal and will determine the fate of the Donbas … Read more

Thousands queue for petrol, gas in Sri Lanka amid warnings of food shortages

COLOMBO, May 20 (Reuters) – Thousands of people queued for cooking gas and petrol in Sri Lanka’s commercial capital on Friday and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned of a food shortage as the island nation battles a devastating economic crisis. Lines formed in many parts of Colombo, a city of around 900,000 people, as residents … Read more

Lebanon holds first parliament election since financial collapse, blast

Voting marred by disputes, power cuts, low turnout ‘Lebanon deserves better’, voter in Beirut says Hariri stronghold sees informal boycott Hezbollah voter says she votes for ‘ideology’ BEIRUT, May 15 (Reuters) – Lebanese voted on Sunday in the first parliamentary election since the country’s economic collapse, with many saying they hoped to deal a blow … Read more

Israeli police beat mourners at funeral of slain Palestinian journalist

JERUSALEM, May 13 (Reuters) – Israeli police officers charged at Palestinian mourners carrying the coffin of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on Friday, before thousands led her casket through Jerusalem’s Old City in an outpouring of grief and anger over her killing. Packed around Abu Akleh’s coffin, dozens of Palestinians, some waving Palestinian flags … Read more

Russian diplomats spurned in Europe’s capitals

WARSAW / VILNIUS, May 11 (Reuters) – Russian diplomat Sergiy Andreev was feeling unwelcome on the streets of Warsaw even before protesters doused him with red liquid thrown in his face at short range this week. Soon after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, Andreev, who is Moscow’s ambassador to Poland, found the embassy … Read more

Protests break out as Philippines election returns a Marcos to presidency

Marcos leads unofficially tally by wide margin over rivals Philippine stocks fall, but peso up following election About 400 anti-Marcos protesters rally outside poll commission Poll body dismisses appeals seeking to disqualify Marcos MANILA, May 10 (Reuters) – The Philippines woke to a new but familiar political landscape on Tuesday, after an election triumph by … Read more

A rival sits out Lebanon’s election. Now Hezbollah could fill the void

Saad al-Hariri, former PM, withdraws from politics His move leaves Lebanon’s Sunni vote fragmented Many people expected not to vote amid economic meltdown That could play into Iran-backed Hezbollah’s hands TRIPOLI, Lebanon, May 9 (Reuters) – The stakes are high in Lebanon’s election. The heavily armed Hezbollah movement has seen one of its main rivals … Read more

Sri Lankan tea pickers’ dreams shattered by economic crisis

BOGAWANTALAWA, Sri Lanka, May 5 (Reuters) – On a lush plantation in Sri Lanka, Arulappan Ideijody deftly plucks the tips of each tea bush, throwing them over her shoulder into an open basket on her back. After a month of picking more than 18 kg (40 lb) of such tea leaves each day, she and … Read more

Ukrainian soldiers hold out in Mariupol, pope laments “Easter to war”

Russia tells fighters at the Mariupol steel plant to lay down their arms Bombings continue elsewhere in Ukraine Ukrainian President Zalansky says the occupiers must pay The pope denies the “cruel and irrational” conflict. Kyiv, APRIL 17 (Reuters) – Ukrainian troops opposed a Russian ultimatum to lay down arms on Sunday in the ruined port … Read more