The Statistic

21st January, 2020
Number of people, globally, who work fewer hours than they would like: Almost 500,000,000
Source: International Labour Organization study


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21st January, 2020
CONFIRMED: That a new strain of coronavirus, currently at the centre of an outbreak in China, can be passed from person to person. More than 200 cases have so far been detected around the world and three people have died. The World Health Organisation will this week consider whether the outrbreak constittues a new international health emergency.
COLLAPSED: Norway's government after the populist Progress Party pulled out of the governing coalition. Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg plans to remain in office as head of a minority government.
ACKNOWLEDGED: For the first time, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, that more than 20,000 people who disappeared during the country's civil war are dead.


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In an article first published on The Conversation, KENYATTA R GILBERT, author of 'The Journey and Promise of African American Preaching', looks at how Martin Luther King, Jr's voice was shaped by those who went before him...

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In an article first published by Religion News Service, RYAN BURGE, an assistant professor of political science at Eastern Illinois University, looks at what the growing number of Americans who aren't connected to a religious faith may mean for churches in the US...

They Said It

"The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven't always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option."
- Prince Harry, speaking on 19th January, 2020, in his first public statement since announcing he and wife Meghan were "stepping back" from their roles as senior royals (as quoted on CNN)


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This Week on the Web

21st January, 2020
More than 20,000 Christian pilgrims were baptised in the Jordan River last weekend. Read EMILY JONES' report on CBNNews...


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The Word Explained

20th January, 2020
Lollards: British Isles followers of John Wycliffe in the 14th to 16th centuries.


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