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Central African Republic sees sharp decline in violence

Conflict peacekeepers

Dakar, SenegalThomson Reuters Foundation Central African Republic may be getting safer, according to new figures from the United Nations that show a sharp drop in the number of attacks and human rights abuses since last year. The head of human rights for the UN mission in the country said a peace deal between the government […]

Australia to help ASEAN firms tackle slavery in supply chains

Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaThomson Reuters Foundation A multi-million dollar anti-trafficking strategy between Australia and South-East Asian nations will look at new ways to help businesses root out slavery in their supply chains, a senior foreign ministry official said on Thursday. Last week, Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations launched a 10-year counter-trafficking initiative backed […]

Police in Algeria seal church building

Algerian church closure

Interrupting a worship service, police on Tuesday sealed a church building in north-central Algeria, less than three months after locking shut another site in the same area. “I am deeply saddened by so much injustice – it breaks my heart,” pastor Messaoud Takilt told Morning Star News. “This is not surprising since other Christian places […]

New Zealanders trust Buddhists most, evangelical Christians least, survey finds

New Zealanders trust Buddhists the most and evangelical Christians the least according to the findings of a new survey conducted a month after the Christchurch shootings in March. The online survey of 1,000 New Zealanders, carried out for researchers at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, asked them how much […]

Tiny loans lead to bigger debts, land losses in Cambodia, says report


Bangkok, ThailandThomson Reuters Foundation The rapid rise of tiny loans aimed at helping poor Cambodians has led to more debt, with many borrowers forced to sell land, migrate or put their children to work, human rights groups said on Wednesday. The South-East Asian nation has about 2.4 million borrowers with $US5.4 billion in outstanding microloans, […]