Manila, September 27 (RHC)-- The Philippines has begun cleaning up after Typhoon Noru swept across the northern part of the country, leaving at least five rescuers dead, floods and power cuts but leaving the capital relatively unscathed.  Noru, with sustained winds of 185 kilometres (115 miles) per hour, was the most powerful typhoon to hit the Southeast Asian nation this year.... More


United Nations, September 27 (RHC)-- During the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, Nicaragua's Foreign Affairs Minister Denis Moncada asked multilateral institutions to respect the sovereignty of the countries and remain independent from the interests of the hegemonic powers.... More


Moscow, September 27 (RHC)-- Russia has granted citizenship to former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden.  He is one of 75 foreign nationals granted Russian citizenship by the decree published on an official government website on Monday.... More


Damascus, September 27 (RHC)-- At least 29 people have been killed due to a cholera outbreak in several regions of Syria, in what the United Nations has called the worst outbreak in the war-torn country for years.  Rapid assessment testing confirmed 338 cases since the outbreak was first recorded last month, with the bulk of deaths and cases in the northern Aleppo province, the Syrian health ministry said in a statement on Monday.... More


Tegucigalpa, September 26 (RHC)-- At least 13 deaths and 18,000 victims have been affected by the rains in Honduras, reported Sunday the authorities of that country.... More


Ramallah, September 26 (RHC)-- Israeli forces have stormed the At-Tur and Silwan neighborhoods in the occupied holy city of al-Quds, cracking down on the Palestinian population there.  The swoops took place on Sunday, ahead of upcoming Jewish holidays. The holidays are expected to witness a surge in violations of the al-Aqsa Mosque's compound -- Islam's third-holiest site, which is located in al-Quds' Old City -- by illegal Israeli settlers.... More


Jerusalem, September 26 (RHC)-- Israeli authorities have forced a Palestinian man to demolish his house in occupied East al-Quds, displacing all eight members of his family.  The Palestinian Information Center, citing local sources, reported on Sunday that Fareed Jaber was left with no choice but to totally knock down his house in the vicinity of the Bab al-Asbat entrance of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City to avoid paying for heavy demolition costs and fines to the municipality.... More


Caracas, September 26 (RHC)-- On Monday, Colombia and Venezuela officially reopened their common land border with a ceremony that included Colombian President Gustavo Petro and the governor of the Venezuelan state of Tachira Freddy Bernal.   The Venezuelan delegation was also made up of Transport Minister Ramon Velasquez, Industry Minister Hipolito Abreu, and Finance Superintendent Jose Cabello.... More


Kampala, September 26 (RHC)-- A total of 16 people have contracted the highly contagious Ebola virus in Uganda, while a further 18 people also likely had the disease, health officials in the east African country said.  Four people have already died from the virus, raising fears of a spreading outbreak that involves a strain for which a vaccine has not yet been found.  The outbreak has now spread to three districts, all in central Uganda.... More


United Nations, September 26 (RHC)-- Haitian Foreign Minister Jean Victor Geneus emphasized at the United Nations General Assembly that his country is at a decisive crossroads in its history and his government is seeking transformative solutions to the current challenges.... More


Tel Aviv, September 26 (RHC)-- Israeli authorities have announced a full closure of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip crossings as the regime imposes tighter restrictions in the occupied Palestinian territories prior to the Jewish holidays.  Palestine’s Wafa news agency said the closure began on Sunday afternoon and would last until Tuesday midnight.... More


United Nations, September 26 (RHC)-- Mali has censured France over its deteriorating security situation, accusing Paris of having stabbed the impoverished, though minerals-rich, Sahel country in the back with the withdrawal of French troops.... More


Ramallah, September 26 (RHC)-- Thirty Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails have gone on an open-ended hunger strike against their administrative detention.  The official Palestinian Wafa news agency reported on Sunday that the prisoners said in a statement that their collective detention amounted to 200 years, according to Samidoun, the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.... More


Kabul, September 26 (RHC)-- New shocking footage from the Australian Special Forces unit in Afghanistan emerged this week.   A video filmed in a military block in Afghanistan in 2012 and shows Australian commandos discussing plans to meet a 'kill quota' of 10 - as they are preparing for an operation. ... More


Dhaka, September 25 (RHC)-- At least 24 people were killed and several dozen more were missing after a boat capsized in a river in Bangladesh, police said.   The overcrowded boat overturned on Sunday afternoon while returning from a Hindu temple on the other side of the River Karatoa at Boda area in Panchagarh district, said local police chief SM Sirajul Huda.... More


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