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At US March for Life, a mix of triumph and apprehension

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Washington DC, USRNS Thousands of people gathered on the National Mall on Friday for the March for Life, an annual anti-abortion rally that took on a triumphant tone as attendees looked forward to a pending Supreme Court ruling with the potential to strike down Roe v Wade and return control over abortion legislation to the […]

Updated: Explosion kills 13, flattens village in Ghana mining region

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Updated: 10am, 22nd January (AEDT)Accra, GhanaReuters At least 13 people were killed and scores injured when a truck carrying explosives to a gold mine in western Ghana detonated, flattening a rural community, the police said on Friday. Smouldering timber and torn-up sheet metal marked where hundreds of houses had stood in Apiate, a settlement about […]

Incomes dip for South Asia’s women home workers as heat rises

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Chennai, IndiaThomson Reuters Foundation Rising heat and heavier rains across South Asia, as the planet warms, are forcing home-based women workers to cut down on hours as their houses get hotter or are flooded often, resulting in a loss of income they cannot afford, researchers said on Thursday. In a survey of 202 women in […]

Russia jails more Jehovah’s Witnesses, prompting calls for “strong measures”

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RNS Despite a court ruling by Russian judges in October that seemed to endorse leniency for Jehovah’s Witnesses arrested after their faith was labeled “extremist”, a recent rash of sentences against members of the faith group has prompted concern among human rights advocates that the government is continuing its earlier crackdown against the denomination. More […]

Murders in Mexico fall 3.6 per cent in 2021, but femicides rise

Mexico City, MexicoReuters Murders in Mexico slightly dropped in 2021, falling 3.6 per cent from the previous year, though femicides rose, according to preliminary government data released on Thursday. The drop in murders is a win for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office in late 2018 pledging to bring down record levels of […]

UN defines Holocaust denial, urges social media firms to fight it

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United NationsReuters The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday agreed on a definition of denial of the Holocaust, when the Nazis killed six million Jews during World War II, and urged social media companies “to take active measures” to combat anti-Semitism. “The General Assembly is sending a strong and unambiguous message against the denial or […]

South Africans intrigued by Desmond Tutu’s choice of aquamation

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Cape Town, South AfricaReuters Anti-apartheid hero Desmond Tutu’s choice of aquamation over cremation or traditional burial came as a surprise to some South Africans, while others were impressed by this environmentally conscious move. By opting for aquamation Tutu, who died on 26th December aged 90, joined a growing “green burial” movement centred around the use […]