EXCLUSIVE Pope Francis denies he is planning to resign soon

EXCLUSIVE Pope Francis denies he is planning to resign soon

Unsubstantiated rumours fuelled reports of imminent resignation Pope laughs off rumours of cancer: “Doctors didn’t tell me” Trips to Moscow, Kyiv appear more likely; possibly in September On U.S. court decision, pope says abortion is ‘hiring a hit man’ VATICAN CITY, July 4 (Reuters) – Pope Francis has dismissed reports that he plans to resign … Read more

Prince Charles expresses sorrow over slavery in Commonwealth speech

Prince Charles expresses sorrow over slavery in Commonwealth speech

Commonwealth leaders gather for Kigali summit Charles alludes to colonialism, slavery in speech Rwanda’s Kagame speaks of “reimagining” Commonwealth Members vote to keep Patricia Scotland as sec-gen KIGALI, June 24 (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Charles expressed deep sorrow over slavery in a speech to Commonwealth leaders in Rwanda on Friday and acknowledged that the roots … Read more

Top producer Russia thwarts move to redefine ‘conflict diamonds’

Top producer Russia thwarts move to redefine ‘conflict diamonds’

JOHANNESBURG, June 16 (Reuters) – Russia, supported by Belarus, Central African Republic, Kyrgyzstan and Mali, has torpedoed a Western-backed proposal to discuss whether its diamonds are funding war ahead of an international conflict diamond meeting in Botswana, letters seen by Reuters show. The rift in the Kimberley Process (KP), which certifies rough diamond exports, risks … Read more

Congo rebels seize eastern border town, army blames Rwanda

Congo rebels seize eastern border town, army blames Rwanda

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, June 13 (Reuters) – M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo have seized the eastern border town of Bunagana, the rebel group and local activists said on Monday, sending more than 30,000 civilians fleeing into neighbouring Uganda. The Congolese army in a statement said Rwandan troops had occupied the … Read more

Belgian king reiterates regrets for colonial past in Congo but no apology

Belgian king reiterates regrets for colonial past in Congo but no apology

King on first visit since taking throne Again stops short of apologising for colonial atrocities Congo president says needs to look to the future KINSHASA, June 8 (Reuters) – Belgium’s King Philippe reaffirmed his deepest regrets on Wednesday for the exploitation, racism and acts of violence during his country’s colonisation of the Democratic Republic of … Read more

UN helicopter crashes in eastern Congo, 8 peacekeepers killed, army blames rebels

UN helicopter crashes in eastern Congo, 8 peacekeepers killed, army blames rebels

UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) peacekeeping forces patrol areas affected by the recent attacks by M23 rebel fighters near Rangira in North Kivu in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, March 29, 2022. REUTERS / Djaffar Sabiti Sign up now for FREE unlimited access to … Read more