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‘Be patient’ Chibok parents tell families of Nigeria’s latest kidnap victims

Thomson Reuters Foundation Yakubu Nkeki knows just what to say when he meets the parents of 110 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants in the northeastern town of Dapchi last month. His daughter was among some 220 Chibok girls abducted by the insurgents in 2014, which shot Nigeria’s nine-year-old conflict with Boko Haram […]

Easter banner torn down from Pakistan church

Protest in Pakistan

World Watch Monitor A mob gathered outside the church. PICTURE: World Watch Monitor. Armed violence broke out in eastern Pakistan on Sunday over an Easter banner hung outside a church. The incident took place in a Christian colony in Burewala, Punjab province. Police intervened and arrested three Muslim suspects, while seven injured Christians were taken […]

Catholic Church voices opposition to moves to censor social media in Nicaragua

Catholic Church leaders in Nicaragua have reportedly urged the national government not to censor social media, saying such a move would limit freedom of expression. Commenting after news that President Daniel Ortega had spoken with the president of the National Assembly about reviewing social networks – a move which the government says is about protecting […]

Enlist nature’s help to quench world’s growing thirst, UN report

Water splash

Thomson Reuters Foundation The world should look to nature for better ways to maintain supplies of water, keep it clean, and protect people from droughts and floods, the United Nations said on Monday. As the global population expands and the planet warms, demand for water is rising, while the quality and reliability of our water […]


The Ashes Urn

Aussie author David Bennett’s From Ashes to Glory tells the story of CT Studd, an English cricketer who played in the very first Ashes match – with WG Grace. He was even connected to the making of the Ashes Urn!   The Ashes Urn. PICTURE: danielgreef (licenced under CC BY 2.0) Soon afterwards CT Studd […]