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- Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said he would dissolve parliament and the country would hold an early general election on July 23 following the results of Sunday’s local elections. Sanchez’s Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) and its junior ally Podemos lost ground during the regional elections, while conservative People’s Party and far-right party Vox outperformed.
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Biden shakes hands with McCarthy after the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Feb. 7, 2023, in Washington. Jacquelyn Martin/Pool via REUTERS
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Dozens of babies die in orphanage as Sudan war takes grim toll on Khartoum
A view from inside an orphanage in Khartoum, Sudan, in this handout image released April 20, 2023. Courtesy of Dr. Abdallah Kenany/Handout via REUTERS
In the days after war erupted in Khartoum, Dr Abeer Abdullah rushed between rooms at Sudan’s largest orphanage, trying to care for hundreds of babies and toddlers as the fighting kept all but a handful of staff away. Children’s cries rang through the sprawling building as heavy gunfire rocked the surroundings, she said.
Then came waves of deaths. There were the infants housed on the upper floors of the state-run orphanage, known as Mygoma. Without enough staff to care for them, they succumbed to severe malnutrition and dehydration, the doctor said. And there were the already-fragile newborns in her medical clinic on the ground floor, some of whom died after developing high fever, she said.