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Venezuela, Colombia restore full diplomatic ties after three years

Venezuela and Colombia have restored full diplomatic relations after a three-year logjam with the two South American neighbors exchanging ambassadors for the first time since 2019. The new Colombian ambassador, Armando Benedetti, was received in Caracas by Venezuela’s deputy foreign minister Rander Pena Ramirez on Aug. 28. “Relations with Venezuela should never have been severed. We are brothers and an imaginary...

Race divide: Black, Asian people in England wait longer than Whites for cancer diagnosis

Black and Asian people in England have to wait longer than White people for a cancer diagnosis, with some forced to wait an extra six weeks, a new damning report has revealed, revealing widespread racial discrimination in the UK. According to the findings of a “disturbing” analysis of National Health Service (NHS) waiting times, published by the University of Exeter,...

Libya: Political stalemate and lack of progress on elections

Leaders in Libya must take immediate steps to resolve their political impasse, which is spilling over into increasing violence, UN political affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo told the Security Council on Aug. 30.  The North African country became divided between two rival administrations in the years after the overthrow of former leader Muammar Gadhafi a decade ago.  The government of National...

Young Jordanians innovate to tackle food insecurity

In Jordan, where many struggle to find enough to eat, young people are finding creative ways to tackle food insecurity, and create sustainable, environmentally friendly employment, with support from a UN innovation program. Jordanians are dealing with multiple overlapping challenges including slow economic growth, high youth unemployment, water scarcity and increased cost of living. With 63 percent of its population under...

Crucial illegal road threatens Amazon rainforest

An illegal dirt road ripping through protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon is now just a few miles shy of connecting two of the worst areas of deforestation in the region, according to satellite images and accounts from people familiar with the area. If the road is completed it will turn a large area of remaining forest into an...

Macron warns French public of difficult time amid soaring energy prices

French President Emmanuel Macron says tough months are ahead as his administration braces for energy price hikes due to the war in Ukraine. Addressing a cabinet meeting on Aug. 24, Mr. Macron said people were living through a series of crises, ranging from extreme temperatures, fires and drought of the past weeks, to the Ukraine conflict and disruptions to global trade. “This...

Iran foreign minister says foreign interference behind terrorism in West Asia, Africa

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says terrorism in the West Asia and Africa is a product of interference by extra-regional countries. “Interference by some extra-regional countries is the reason behind formation of some terrorist groups in the West Asia region and Africa,” Amir-Abdollahian said during a joint press conference with his Malian counterpart Abdoulaye Diop in Bamako on Aug. 22. “We are of the opinion...

One year on, Afghans at risk await evacuation, relocation

BARCELONA, Spain—More than a year after the Taliban takeover that saw thousands of Afghans rushing to Kabul’s international airport amid the chaotic U.S. withdrawal, Afghans at risk who failed to get on evacuation flights say they are still struggling to find safe and legal ways out of the country. Among those left behind is a 49-year-old interpreter who worked for...

Kenyans sue UK government over colonial-era theft, torture

A group of Kenyans have filed a lawsuit against the British government at the European Court of Human Rights over colonial-era land theft, torture and mistreatment of their forefathers. Bringing the case to the court on Aug. 22, the Kenyan residents said their forefathers were tortured and displaced from their ancestral lands seeking an investigation and redress for crimes they...

Myanmar: Five years since Rohingya mass exodus, UNHCR urges solutions

This week marks five years since more than 700,000 ethnic Rohingya fled military persecution from Myanmar for neighboring Bangladesh, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Aug. 22, appealing to the international community for greater support. “The latest exodus from Myanmar is now officially defined as being a protracted situation,” UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo told journalists at a regular press briefing in Geneva. Stepped up...