Lalibela: Ethiopia's Tigray rebels take Unesco world heritage town
I hadn't realized the violence had expanded beyond the Tigray region.
I'm very upset to learn of this. People who I made the acquaintance of during my visit are now refugees of this civil war's expansion.
This is truly appalling. I've also not been really following, but got an even stronger impression that Ethiopia is politically very frail. I'm not optimistic, for example with regard to the Oromo region...
Australia's Fraser Island officially restored to Aboriginal name K'Gari
The world's largest sand island, which is located off the coast of Queensland state about 250 km (155 miles) north of Brisbane, will now be officially known as K'Gari.
K'Gari means "paradise" in the local Butchulla language, and the Butchulla people have been the owners and guardians of this land since well before the days of European colonization and settlement.
I have to say, from my distant point of view I cannot but plaud this decision. Although I would also be OK with a less drastic decision leaving a double official name. Now, the linguistic aesthete in me would just try to find an orthography that avoids that ugly mid-word apostrophe... I read from the Wiki that only 24 speakers are left, so this is a kind of posthumous acknowledgment!