The Statistic

14th August, 2020
Number of children who don't have access to basic handwashing facilities at schools, globally: Almost 820 million
Source: WHO/UNICEF

 

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14th August, 2020
AGREED: A deal brokered by the Trump administration which normalises diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates in which Israel has agreed to suspend annexation of the West Bank.
FLOODS: In Bangladesh, with a third of the nation underwater and more than 160 people killed.
PROTESTS: Continuing in Belarus after Sunday's disputed election in which officials said President Alexander Lukashenko won a sixth term.

 

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US Catholic commentator THOMAS REESE, in an artcile first published on Religion News Service, looks at five possible ways Pope Francis could be occupying his time while confined to the Vatican during the coronavirus pandemic... 

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They Said It

"Now that the ice has been broken, I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates."
- US President Donald Trump, speaking as he announced an "historic" deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, brokered by the US, which would normalise diplomatic relations between the nations and under which Israel will suspend annexation of the West Bank. 

 

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This Week on the Web

14th August, 2020
US evangelicals were instrumental in bringing a new deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to the table, reports MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN. Read the Jerusalem Post report, 'How Trump traded annexation for his Christian base - analysis'...

 

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The Word Explained

10th August, 2020
Cathedral: A central church usually presided over by a bishop.

 

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