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Macron admires Notre Dame restoration from cathedral’s fire-damaged rooftop

France Paris Notre Dame restoration works

Paris, FranceReuters President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday applauded the painstaking work to restore Notre-Dame de Paris, two years after a fire destroyed the cathedral’s centuries-old attic and sent its spire crashing through the vaults below. In the hours after the blaze, Macron told a distraught nation that the cathedral, which dates back to the 12th […]

Sexual violence being used as weapon of war in Ethiopia’s Tigray, UN says

Ethiopia displaced fleeing Tigray violence

New York City, USReuters Sexual violence is being used as a weapon of war in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where girls as young as eight are being targeted and some women have reported being gang-raped over several days, UN aid chief Mark Lowcock said on Thursday. He told the UN Security Council that the humanitarian crisis […]

India breaches 200,000 daily COVID-19 cases as hospital beds, oxygen fall short

Coronavirus India Mumbai shopping

New Delhi/Bengaluru, IndiaReuters India reported a record 200,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and the financial hub of Mumbai entered a lockdown, as many hospitals treating coronavirus patients reported severe shortages of beds and oxygen supplies. The surge was the seventh record daily increase in the last eight days and comes as India battles a […]

UAE partners with Japan’s ispace to send rover to the Moon in 2022

The Moon from Spain Dec 2021

Dubai, United Arab EmiratesReuters Lunar exploration company ispace will transport a United Arab Emirates rover to the Moon in 2022, the company said on Wednesday, as the UAE pushes for rapid expansion in the space exploration business to diversify its economy. The UAE is using its space programme to develop its scientific and technological capabilities […]

Crime and what punishment? Russian women pin hope on domestic violence ruling

Russia St Petersburg womens rights protest

Tbilisi, GeorgiaThomson Reuters Foundation She got slammed against her bathroom door and beaten up for refusing her husband sex. He got off with a small fine. Welcome to Russia – where an estimated one in five women suffer violence from their husband and where rights groups say the law offers little punishment and even less […]

EU sets out five-year crime cooperation, anti-trafficking plans

EU EU Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas and European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson

Brussels, BelgiumReuters The European Union will seek to increase police cooperation, target human trafficking and establish new rules to counter money laundering, according to plans detailed by the European Commission on Wednesday. The EU executive set out a five-year roadmap of legislative proposals and initiatives designed to combat organised criminal gangs, who have increasingly gone […]

French high court clears cardinal of abuse cover-up claims

France Catholic Church Cardinal Philippe Barbarin

Lyon, FranceAP France’s highest court confirmed on Wednesday that the former Archbishop of Lyon, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, did not cover up the sexual abuse of minors by a predator priest. The ruling by the Court of Cassation closes a long, emotional drama that brought angst to the Roman Catholic Church, under scrutiny around the world […]

Volcanic eruption in Caribbean prompts Baptist church meals, relief agency supplies

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RNS Rev Cecil Richards is working with members of his Kingstown Baptist Church to help feed people in Saint Vincent who have been evacuated due to the volcanic eruption on the island nation. Soon after the initial eruption on Friday, volunteers prepared 170 meals from their church kitchen to distribute to evacuees at shelters in […]