RNS

A prominent African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church leader has been removed from the ranks of bishop after being found guilty in a church trial for mishandling millions of dollars in transactions related to congregations.

Staccato Powell, who was the bishop of the denomination’s Western Episcopal District, had

Kampala, Uganda

A top Orthodox Church cleric in Kinshasha, Democratic Republic of Congo, Metropolitan Nickiphoros, has died of COVID-19.

The cleric’s death, which occurred on 27th July, was announced on a number of Orthodox Church media outlets including the Facebook page of the Uganda Orthodox Church on 29th July. 

Washington DC, US
Reuters

Some 200 Afghans were set to begin new lives in the United States on Friday as an airlift got under way for translators and others who risk Taliban retaliation because they worked for the United States during its 20-year war in Afghanistan, US officials

Washington DC, US
AP

The White House announced a slate of nominations and appointments for top religious affairs roles on Friday, including the first Muslim American nominated to be the US ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom.

President Joe Biden will select Rashad Hussain as his nominee for that

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

The world is at risk of losing hard-won gains in fighting COVID-19 as the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads, but WHO-approved vaccines remain effective, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has described the Delta variant of

Wukro, Ethiopia/Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

The United Nations children's agency said on Friday that more than 100,000 children in Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray could suffer life-threatening malnutrition in the next 12 months, a 10-fold increase to normal numbers. 

UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado said that one-in-two pregnant and

Reuters

Heavy monsoon rains triggered landslides and flash floods in refugees camps displacing thousands of Rohingya Muslims in southeastern Bangladesh this week, UN and other officials said on Friday, with further heavy rainfall expected.

At least six Rohingya, including three children, died in landslides and flooding while 15

Tokyo, Japan
Reuters

Japan's government on Friday proposed states of emergency through to 31st August in three prefectures near Olympic host Tokyo and the western prefecture of Osaka, as COVID-19 cases spike to records, overshadowing the Summer Games.

Existing states of emergency for Tokyo - its fourth since

Reuters

The International Space Station was thrown briefly out of control on Thursday when jet thrusters of a newly arrived Russian research module inadvertently fired a few hours after it was docked to the orbiting outpost, NASA officials said.

The seven crew members aboard - two Russian cosmonauts,

Havana, Cuba
Reuters

The European Union is "very concerned about the repression" of protests in Cuba and urges the government to release all arbitrarily detained protesters, the EU said on Thursday in its strongest statement to date on the matter.

Summary trials have begun for those detained in

Ahrweiler, Germany
Reuters

Syrian volunteers have rushed to towns hit by Germany's most devastating floods in 60 years to clean them up and renovate homes, drawing on their experience with catastrophes in their homeland to help the country that took them in.

Germany, which lost at least 180

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reuters

Hundreds of Eritrean refugees protested in the Ethiopian capital on Thursday, calling on the United Nations refugee agency to relocate friends and family who they say are trapped in two refugee camps by fighting in the Tigray region. 

Clashes between armed groups have escalated

New York City, New York, US
Reuters

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday extended a Central African Republic arms embargo and targeted sanctions regime for another year, however China abstained in the vote because it believes the measures should be removed. 

The 15-member Security Council imposed the

Vatican City
RNS

Pope Francis’ first foreign trip since his recovery from surgery will be to the Eastern European countries of Hungary and Slovakia from 12th to 15th September. While Slovakian citizens eagerly anticipate the papal visit, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to generate conflicts and challenges.

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