Venezuela and Colombia fully reopen shared border

Pedestrians use the Simon Bolivar International Bridge to cross between San Antonio, Venezuela (behind) and Cucuta, Colombia at sunrise on Aug 8, 2022, along the border which Venezuela partially closed in 2015. (MATIAS DELACROIX / AP) CARACAS - Venezuela and Colombia will fully reopen their shared border on January 1...

Refugee tide places huge strains on Europe

Over 7.8 million people have fled Ukraine since conflict began A boy with his mother in an indoor sports stadium being used as a refugee center in the village of Medyka on a border crossing between Poland and Ukraine, in March. (PETROS GIANNAKOURIS / AP) This year European countries have...

France, Morocco resume normal consular activity

Morocco's Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita holds a press conference with France Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna as she starts an official visit to Rabat, Morocco, Dec 16, 2022. (PHOTO / AP) RABAT - France has restored "normal consular activity" with Morocco following a year-long visa dispute, French Minister of Europe and...

WHO official: Cholera vaccines run short amid outbreaks

Children showing symptoms of cholera receive treatment at a clinic run by Doctors Without Borders in Cité Soleil a densely populated commune of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Oct 7, 2022. (RICHARD PIERRIN / AFP) GENEVA - The global stockpile of cholera vaccines the World Health Organization helps manage is "currently empty or...

EU leaders head for tussle over rescue plans for industry

European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Sept 28, 2022. (Yves Herman / REUTERS) BRUSSELS - European Union leaders will argue on Thursday over how to prop up their countries' industries, which have been whacked by soaring energy prices since the outbreak of conflict in...

As WHO pandemic pact talks begin, poor nations on back foot

People wait to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at Ngando informal settlement in Nairobi on Dec 16, 2021. (SIMON MAINA / AFP) GENEVA/LONDON - Global talks have begun on drafting new health rules for combating pandemics, and developing nations are lobbying for fairer access to treatments than they got during COVID-19....

‘Loss and damage’ fund okayed at COP27

Participants arrive at the Sharm el-Sheikh International Convention Centre, during the COP27 climate conference in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of the same name, on Nov 17, 2022. (MOHAMMED ABED / AFP) The 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP27, concluded...

COP27: Countries agree on ‘loss and damage’ fund

The flags of United Nations member states (L to R) Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Libya, Liberia, Lesotho, Lebanon, Latvia, Laos, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Kiribati, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Jordan, Japan, Jamaica, Italy, Israel, Ireland, Iraq, Iran, Indonesia, India, and others fly in alphabetical order during the COP27 climate conference at the Sharm el-Sheikh International Convention...