From France to Italy, Hungary to Sweden, voting intentions track the far-right’s rise in Europe

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A little over a year since leader of Fratelli d’Italia Georgia Meloni rose to power in Italy, the latest data spells out a clear message: she is not the only ultraright politician surfing on voters’ anxieties. In fact, we may be entering a new cycle of far-right extremism across the continent, with heavy stakes for… Continue reading From France to Italy, Hungary to Sweden, voting intentions track the far-right’s rise in Europe

Fires used as weapon in Sudan conflict destroyed more towns in west than ever in April

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Fires being used as a weapon in Sudan destroyed more villages and towns in the country’s west in April than in any other month since the conflict began more than a year ago, an analysis by a U.K.-based rights group said Monday. Sudan Witness, an open-source project run by the nonprofit Center for Information Resilience,… Continue reading Fires used as weapon in Sudan conflict destroyed more towns in west than ever in April

Potemkin Towns: Cornwall’s hidden housing crisis

The ongoing struggle for housing affordability threatens to hollow out local communities, restricting Cornwall’s accessibility to only those who can afford it Every year, as the countdown to summer intensifies, Cornwall basks in the limelight, its charm captivating the imagination of holidaymakers. In 2022, it ranked in the top ten most searched for holiday destinations… Continue reading Potemkin Towns: Cornwall’s hidden housing crisis

What is it about Gaza? Wars are raging around the world, so why are young people so passionate about this one?

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University campuses around the world have become the site of tiny tent cities in recent weeks, with student activists protesting the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Though the protests on Australian campuses have been largely peaceful, tensions are starting to rise. There have been allegations of hate speech and clashes between student groups in recent days.… Continue reading What is it about Gaza? Wars are raging around the world, so why are young people so passionate about this one?

Portugal to turn ‘thousands’ of public buildings into housing

The Portuguese government said Friday it would turn public buildings into housing and help young home-buyers in a bid to ease a housing crisis that has hit major cities. Housing Minister Miguel Pinto Luz said “thousands” of public buildings could be turned into apartments and homes under the plan of the centre-right government. Prime Minister… Continue reading Portugal to turn ‘thousands’ of public buildings into housing

Lions in South Africa are being poisoned for their body parts

There are only around 22,000 lions left in Africa, compared to about 100,000 in 1965. Kruger National Park has some of the best access to wild animals in all of Africa and is possibly the most famous game reserve in the continent. South African National Parks – Sanparks – has acknowledged that poachers have poisoned… Continue reading Lions in South Africa are being poisoned for their body parts

Tweets or ‘terrorism’?: Saudi Arabia’s jailed online activists

A Saudi court’s decision to sentence fitness influencer Manahel al-Otaibi to 11 years in prison highlights what activists describe as a fierce crackdown on even vaguely critical online speech. In the past two years the Saudi judiciary has “convicted and handed down lengthy prison terms on dozens of individuals for their expression on social media”,… Continue reading Tweets or ‘terrorism’?: Saudi Arabia’s jailed online activists

Video: Kenya braces for more rain as aid agencies rescue stranded residents

Video: Pro-Palestinian supporters, counter-protesters clash at UCLA

Scuffles broke out with counter-protesters over steel barricades and fireworks were thrown inside the encampment and sticks were used as weapons. The UCLA student newspaper Daily Bruin said supporters of Israel had tried to tear down a pro-Palestinian protest encampment on the campus.

Video: Irish police dismantle Dublin’s migrant ‘tent city’