This photo taken on November 28 shows members of the Loikaw Local People’s Defence Force (PDF) preparing to go to the frontline near Loikaw in Myanmar’s eastern Kayah state.//AFP PDFs and allied ethnic minority groups have been battling the Myanmar army for weeks in and around Loikaw, a city nestled in lush hills and home to around 50,000 people in eastern Kayah state. (Photo by AFP) / To go with AFP story Myanmar-conflict-city, FOCUS

Myanmar pro-democracy fighters battle to take state capital

Loikaw, Myanmar – Myanmar pro-democracy fighters in a battered pickup truck drive past abandoned and bombed-out houses in the eastern city of Loikaw, on their way to the front lines of the…

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Mourners carry the flag-draped casket of Lebanese Reuters video journalist Issam Abdallah, killed on October 13 by Israeli shelling at Alma al-Shaab border village with Israel while covering cross border shelling, during his funeral in the village of El-Khiam on October 14.//AFP

Reuters demands ‘swift’ Israeli probe into journalist’s death

London, United Kingdom – Reuters has called on Israel to conduct a quick and comprehensive investigation into cross-border fire that killed one of its journalists and wounded other reporters in Lebanon last…

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Heavy clashes rock Sudan’s capital despite truce extension

Heavy explosions and gunfire rocked Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, and its twin city of Omdurman early Friday, residents said, despite the extension of a fragile truce between the county’s two top…

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Protesters resist police after rufusing to leave parliament grounds during the third day of demonstrations against Covid restrictions in Wellington 3 on February 10, 2022. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

Clashes as New Zealand police clear Covid protest

Wellington (AFP) – Police and anti-vaccine protesters clashed on the grounds of New Zealand’s parliament Thursday, with dozens arrested after demonstrators who have laid siege to the legislature for three days…

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Police ready to talk to ‘Talugas’, apologise to Din Daeng residents for search

Bangkok police have offered to hold truce talks with the anti-government “Talugas” group, in an effort to find a peaceful solution to the weeks of violent protests at Din Daeng…

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