Regional countries demand ceasefire in DRC, Sudan

M23 rebels guard the area during the meeting between the East African Regional Force (EACRF) officials and M23 rebels during the handover ceremony at Rumangabo camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Jan 6, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP) LUANDA – Countries of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) on Saturday called […]

UN voices concern over Black Sea grain shipments slowdown

A vessel in the second caravan of ships transporting grain from Ukraine passes through the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, Türkiye, Aug 7, 2022. (PHOTO / XINHUA) UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations on Thursday voiced concern about the slowdown of grain shipments under the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which allows the export of Ukrainian grain […]

NATO chief to visit Türkiye to push Sweden’s accession

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to journalists as he arrives for a Foreign Affairs Council at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 23, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP) OSLO – Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), said on Thursday that he is working hard to ensure Sweden's accession to […]

BRICS foreign ministers’ meeting opens in South Africa

This undated photo shows the national flags of the BRICS countries member – (from left) Brazil, India, Russia, China and South Africa. (PHOTO / AFP) CAPE TOWN – BRICS countries kicked off its foreign ministers meeting on Thursday in Cape Town, the legislative capital of South Africa. "At today's discussion, we will focus on opportunities […]

UN chief calls for effective governance of outer space

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres addresses the media during a visit to the UN office in the capital Nairobi, Kenya, on May 3, 2023. (PHOTO / AP) UNITED NATIONS – Effective governance of outer space is necessary for the benefit of all humankind, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a new policy brief published on Wednesday. […]

Sudanese army suspends ceasefire talks

Smoke billows in southern Khartoum, Sudan, on May 29, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP) KHARTOUM – Sudan's army suspended talks with a rival paramilitary force on Wednesday over a ceasefire and aid access. The armed forces said in a statement it halted talks in the Saudi city of Jeddah, accusing the other side of a lack […]

Rising costs force schools to shut in UK

In this March 13, 2020 photo, high school students leave Beal Secondary School in London. (PHOTO / AFP) The rising cost of house prices and child care causing young families to relocate out of urban areas, together with falling birthrates, would mean that nearly 100 primary schools across England could be forced to shut, according […]