Libraries offer novel 'warm space' for hard-up Britons

As Britain endures a cost-of-living crisis, public libraries and other community hubs are providing "warm spaces" for vulnerable members of society to stay safe and access free food this winter.. - 'Come for company' - Poole said it feels like "a natural extension of the function of" libraries to be safe and warm spaces.

Eye-watering onion prices make Philippine staple a luxury

Even before his onions are fully grown, Philippine farmer Luis Angeles races to harvest the crop and cash in on eye-watering prices for a vegetable that has become a luxury item in the country.. But prices remain stubbornly high and onion farmers like Angeles have been harvesting earlier than usual to reap the windfall.

Peru tourism industry in 'free fall' as Machu Picchu closed by protests

Decked out in helmet, belt, gold-plated armor and sandals, Juan Pablo Huanacchini Mamani gazes out vacantly from the Ollantaytambo Inca ruins in Peru.. Situated around 60 kilometers (40 miles) from Cusco -- the old Inca capital that acts as a hub for those visiting Machu Picchu -- Ollantaytambo has its own ruins of an Inca citadel that are worth visiting, if not as spectacular as those at Machu Picchu.

Boeing to deliver last 747, the plane that democratized flying

Boeing is set to officially bid farewell to the original jumbo jet, the 747, as it makes its final commercial delivery of an aircraft that democratized flying and serves US presidents.. The plane of US presidents since 1990, the 747 is also expected to keep up its official duties for the White House for the foreseeable future, with two Air Force One aircraft currently being modified to replace jets now working. jum-jmb/st

White House says US Covid emergency status to end May 11

The White House said Monday that the national and public health emergencies declared just as the Covid-19 pandemic took grip three years ago will officially end May 11.. The remaining debate is largely political, with Republicans who control the House of Representatives preparing bills that would seek to end the national emergency on March 1 and the public health emergency on April 11.

Polish govt 'appalled' by raped girl's struggle to get abortion

Poland's health minister weighed in Monday on a high-profile sexual assault case, saying it was "unacceptable" that a mentally disabled 14-year-old girl struggled to get a legal abortion.. Since a near-total ban came into effect in 2021, abortion in Poland is legal only if the pregnancy results from sexual assault or threatens the life or health of the woman.

Ukrainian dealer goes on trial in France over art thefts

A 64-year-old Ukrainian art dealer went on trial in France on Monday, accused of stealing masterpieces worth millions from museums and auction houses in 2017 and 2018.. Huzhva is also accused of stealing a rare book of Russian gouaches, and works by artists Eugene Boudin, Giorgio De Chirico, Eugene Galien-Laloue and Auguste Renoir from museums or auction houses across France.

Bullying prompted French schoolboy's suicide: mother

The mother of a 13-year-old boy who killed himself in eastern France this month said Monday she believed homophobic bullying by classmates had "triggered" his suicide.. "For me, the bullying was the element that triggered it," the 35-year-old mother who identified herself only as Severine told reporters in Epinal.

WHO urges investment in neglected tropical diseases

The World Health Organization on Monday called for greater investment in combating neglected tropical diseases, which left more than 1.6 billion people, often in least-developed countries, requiring treatment in 2021.. - Millions 'liberated' - In 2021, around 1.65 billion people were estimated to require treatment for at least one NTD, of which 857 million were in southeast Asia and 584 million in Africa.

World 'dangerously unprepared' for next crisis: Red Cross

All countries remain "dangerously unprepared" for the next pandemic, the Red Cross warned on Monday, saying future health crises could also collide with increasingly likely climate-related disasters.. "All countries remain dangerously unprepared for future outbreaks," the IFRC said, concluding that governments were no more ready now than in 2019.