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Women sex abuse survivors tell Southern Baptists: “Our family is sick”

Beth Moore

Birmingham, Alabama, USRNS Three women who experienced sexual abuse took center stage on Monday to address how the nation’s largest Protestant denomination should deal with the issue. And they didn’t mince words. Southern Baptist author and speaker Beth Moore speaks during a panel on sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention […]

Robot bricklayers to 3D printing – how tech can transform housebuilding


Washington, DCThomson Reuters Foundation A robotic bricklayer, 3D printing and furniture that can be stowed away at the wave of a hand could all help to address the global deficit in affordable housing, according to a study released last week. Nearly 90 per cent of the world’s cities cannot provide affordable homes for their citizens […]

Subsidise solar mini-grids to power rural Africa, investors urge

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Barcelona, SpainThomson Reuters Foundation Local renewable-energy grids can provide electric power to hundreds of millions of people in developing nations, especially in Africa, but will not attract enough financial backing unless they are subsidised, a group of investors said on Monday.  Twelve energy and impact investors – with more than $US2 billion under management and […]

Ahead of major meeting, US Catholic bishops face pressure to act on abuse crisis

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RNS When the American Catholic bishops met as a body last fall, they were on the verge of voting on a series of resolutions to show they were at last taking the sexual abuse crisis seriously – particularly their role disciplining and removing errant priests and fellow bishops. Those votes were dramatically halted at the request […]

Many women in Morocco face abuse at home, some are now speaking out

Women Morocco Violence

Rabat, MoroccoReuters Bearing pictures of scars and bruises she said she had suffered at home, Fatna Ben Ghala sought help at a women’s counselling centre in a poor neighbourhood near Morocco’s capital Rabat after she and her mother endured domestic violence by a relative. The case of Ben Ghala, 40, and her mother was not […]


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I’ve been saying heaps about freedom recently. Let’s make this one personal.   PICTURE: Obayda PH/Unsplash. We usually understand freedom to mean doing whatever we want. Now I get to live by that at times during my week. On my days off, I often decide I’m going to do whatever I want! It usually means I end […]

‘Nobel for food’ winner tells ailing world to eat more vegetables

Simon Groot

LondonThomson Reuters Foundation With poor diet now topping smoking as a health hazard, the world must put good nutrition over empty calories, especially in emerging Asian economies, according to the winner of a prestigious global prize dubbed the ‘Nobel for food’. Seed breeder Simon Groot – an octogenarian whose family has cultivated seeds for hundreds […]