Bolivia Cuts Diplomatic Ties with Israel Amid Gaza Conflict

Bolivia has become the first Latin American country to cut diplomatic ties with Israel over what it describes as “aggressive and disproportionate” military actions in Gaza. The country called for a ceasefire and said it would be supplying the blockaded Gaza Strip with aid. An Israeli official said the move was “a surrender to terrorism”. […]

Australian Jailed in China: Sons Plead for Father’s Release

The family of an Australian writer jailed in China are calling on their government to urgently secure his release, warning he “may be dying”. Yang Hengjun has been detained for almost five years on espionage allegations denied by him and Canberra. His sons have written to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese ahead of the leader’s landmark […]

Chris Mason: Covid inquiry WhatsApps paint picture of chaos

As two of Boris Johnson’s closest aides during the pandemic – Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain – prepare to give evidence at the Covid inquiry later, our political editor Chris Mason reflects on what we’ve heard so far. Shambolic dysfunction in Downing Street, with thousands upon thousands of lives at stake. That is the claim, […]

Zimbabwe’s Cholera Crisis Intensified by Ongoing Water Shortages

For months now, Zimbabwe has been battling to stem the spread of deadly cholera in its cities and villages because the country simply lacks clean water. “If the water comes at all it’s often dirty,” Regai Chibanda, a 46-year-old father of five from the sprawling township of Chitungwiza, told me. Cholera, an acute diarrhoeal infection […]

Germany Apologizes for Colonial Crimes in Tanzania

The German president has expressed “shame” for the colonial atrocities his country inflicted on Tanzania. German forces killed almost 300,000 people during the Maji Maji rebellion in the early 1900s, one of the bloodiest anti-colonial uprisings. President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was speaking at a museum in Songea, where the uprising took place. “I would like to […]

Afghan Refugees Leaving Pakistan Express Desperation and Loss

Pakistan has started to arrest Afghans as the country begins a nationwide crackdown on foreign nationals it says are in the country illegally. Thousands of Afghans in Pakistan have made their way back to Afghanistan in the last two months. But many of them, who have called Pakistan home for decades, say they have nothing […]

Ukraine War: Kyiv Reports Unprecedented Russian Attacks on Multiple Settlements in a Single Day

Russia bombarded 118 Ukrainian towns and villages in 24 hours, more than on any other day this year, says Ukrainian Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko. He said 10 of Ukraine’s 27 regions had come under attack and the onslaught had caused deaths and injuries. Many of the communities hit were near the front lines in the […]

King Charles Urges Urgent and Unified Approach to Address AI Risks

King Charles says the risks of artificial intelligence (AI) need to be tackled with “a sense of urgency, unity and collective strength”. He made the remarks in a taped address to attendees at the UK’s AI Safety Summit. As the global meeting opened, the UK government unveiled a “world first agreement” on how to manage […]