Tokyo, Japan
Reuters

An overwhelming majority of Japanese said they were "interested in the Olympics", although 58 per cent said they did not want them to be held this year because of fears over COVID-19, a Yomiuri daily poll showed on Wednesday.

In the survey, conducted between

RNS

Leaders of the General Baptist Council of Associations in the US have recommended an investigation of a minister who preached that “weight control” by wives is the solution for marital problems.

Stewart-Allen Clark, pastor of the First General Baptist Church in Malden, Missouri, is seen in video

Nairobi, Kenya
Thomson Reuters Foundation

From internet shutdowns and online surveillance to social media taxes and arrests for anti-government posts, "digital authoritarianism" is a threat to basic freedoms and rights in many African countries, researchers said on Tuesday.

A study by the African Digital Rights Network focusing on

Nicosia, Cyprus
AP

The Orthodox Church of Cyprus on Tuesday called for the withdrawal of the country’s controversial entry into this year’s Eurovision song contest titled El Diablo , charging that the song makes an international mockery of country’s moral foundations by advocating “our surrender to the devil and

Mexico City, Mexico
Thomson Reuters Foundation

One-third out of almost 1,200 attacks on health workers globally last year were related to COVID-19, a coalition of healthcare experts said on Tuesday, with staff being beaten and doused with hot coffee by people fearful of coronavirus infection. 

India had the

Reuters

Some of Myanmar's neighbours pressed its ruling junta on Tuesday to release ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and cease using lethal force against opponents of their 1st February coup to work out a solution to the crisis.

The calls from fellow members of the Association of

Maidguiri, Nigeria
AP

Jihadis linked to the Islamic State group attacked the north-eastern Nigerian town of Dikwa and humanitarian posts there, security officials said. 

The attack in Borno state that began late Monday night came about 48 hours after the Governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum, visited

Vatican City
AP

The Vatican defended Pope Francis’ decision to go ahead with his trip to Iraq this weekend despite rising coronavirus infections there, saying Tuesday all healthcare precautions have been taken and that the trip is an “act of love for this land, for its people and

Colombo, Sri Lanka
AP

Sri Lankan Roman Catholic Church officials declared a “Black Sunday” this weekend to demand justice for the victims of 2019 Easter Sunday bomb attacks that killed more than 260 people. 

The Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, said Tuesday that the church has been

Geneva, Switzerland/London, UK
Reuters

The COVAX vaccine-sharing program said on Tuesday it will deliver 237 million doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shot to 142 countries by the end of May as it steps up the global roll-out of its vaccine supplies.

The timeline for the delivery of doses, made

Reuters

Foreign ministers from Myanmar's South-East Asian neighbours were due to hold talks with its ruling military on Tuesday in an effort to quell deadly violence and open a channel to resolve its escalating political crisis.

The talks will come two days after the bloodiest day of unrest

RNS

Bethany Christian Services, the country’s largest Protestant adoption and foster care agency, will begin serving LGBTQ couples, a significant change for the evangelical outfit and a sign of the growing cultural shift.

Bethany, which is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with offices in 32 states, announced

Tel Aviv, Israel
AP

Israel's Supreme Court on Monday dealt a major blow to the country's powerful Orthodox establishment, ruling that people who convert to Judaism through the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel are also Jewish and entitled to become citizens.

The landmark ruling, 15 years in

RNS

The Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans has declared the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson “morally compromised” and asked Catholics to avoid it if given the choice, citing concerns about the use of cells with distant ties to abortion “in development and production".

The archdiocese issued

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Female directors at Britain's biggest financial services firms earn 66 per cent less than their male counterparts on average, research showed on Monday, despite a rise in the number of women on company boards in recent years.

Women board members made £247,100 on

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