The Statistic

8th July, 2020
Proportional drop in working hours globally in the second quarter of 2020: 14 per cent (equal to 400 million full-time jobs)
Source: ILO


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8th July, 2020
CONCLUDED: UN investigators, that Syrian pro-government forces and their jihadist opponents have "flagrantly violated" the laws of war during the battle for Idlib province in Syria.
KILLED: At least 21 people after a bus plunged into a reservoir in south-west China.
NOTIFIED: Authorities in the city of Bayan Nur in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia, of an outbreak of bubonic plague with four reported cases; the WHO say the outbreak is being "well managed".


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In an article first published on Religion News Service, DARREN TYLER, president of the Conduit Mission, says lockdowns are having a disproportionate impact on people in developing nations...

In an article first published on The Conversation, GRAHAM DUTFIELD, professor of international governance at the University of Leeds, argues that "treatment nationalism" is both morally unacceptable and detrimental to innovation...

With the US about to mark Independence Day, US Catholic commentator THOMAS REESE, in an article first published on Religion News Service, says it's time to re-evaluate what makes America great...

They Said It

"We've now reached a point where the FBI is now opening a new China-related counterintelligence case every 10 hours. Of the nearly 5,000 active counterintelligence cases currently underway across the country, almost half are related to China."
- FBI Director Christopher Wray in an address to the Hudson Institute in which he said acts of espionage and theft by China's government pose the "greatest long-term threat" to the future of the US (as quoted on BBC).


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This Week on the Web

7th July, 2020
The 'sober curious' movement - which prompts people to "make intentional choices about what, why, and how often they drink" - is taking off among younger generations in the US.  HALEE GRAY SCOTT looks at its rise in an article, 'A ‘sober curious’ quarantine broke my Christian perfectionism', published by Christianity Today...


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The Word Explained

22nd June, 2020
Corpus Christi (feast of): A Catholic festival, this held on 11th June, established in 1246 to honour the literal presence of Christ in the eucharist.


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