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Ninety-nine killed in fuel tanker blast in Sierra Leone capital

Sierra Leone Freetown tanker explosion

Freetown, Sierra LeoneReuters At least 99 people were killed and more than 100 injured in the capital of Sierra Leone late on Friday when a fuel tanker exploded following a collision, local authorities said. Emergency crews worked to clear the scene on Saturday in Freetown’s eastern suburb of Wellington where a burnt body and the […]

Vatican confirms December Pope trip to Cyprus and Greece

Vatican Pope Francis 25th Oct

Vatican CityReuters The Vatican on Friday officially announced that Pope Francis will visit Cyprus and Greece, including the island of Lesbos that hosts many foreign migrants, on 2nd to 6th December, confirming a Reuters report last month. The announcement of the trip was further confirmation that the 84-year old Pope has fully recovered from intestinal […]

Malian villagers battle advancing sands after lake dries

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Dakar, SenegalReuters Since Lake Faguibine in northern Mali dried up, communities on its parched shores have had to defend their homes from encroaching sand dunes while finding new ways to scratch a living from the degraded soil. The lake – once one of the largest in West Africa – used to be fed by annual […]

In the US, two evangelical seminaries sue to block vaccine mandates, citing religious freedom

US Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Boyce College

RNS Two prominent US evangelical seminaries are challenging the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate in federal court. Under new Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules, employers with more than 100 workers must require those workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The rules, which went into effect in early November, set a January deadline for those vaccinations. […]

Orthodox patriarch leaves hospital, set to return to Turkey

US Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I

AP The spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians was released from a New York hospital on Friday and was expected to fly home to Turkey on Sunday after the completion of a US visit that was extended for a medical procedure. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople spent two nights in Mount Sinai Medical Center after […]

US calls on nations to set bold targets for offshore wind

Netherlands offshore windfarm

Reuters A top US official this week challenged nations to join the United States in setting aggressive goals to expand electricity production from offshore wind. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland issued the call during an appearance at the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland.  Power-generating windmill turbines are seen at the Eneco Luchterduinen offshore […]

“Colin loved the church”: Powell recalled as Episcopalian at cathedral funeral

Washington Colin Powell funeral

Washington DC, USRNS Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell, known as a four-star general and as a one-time Secretary of State, was remembered at his funeral at the Washington National Cathedral on Friday as a man of the Episcopal faith. Longtime colleague and friend Richard Armitage, who served as deputy secretary of state […]