Muiru, Kenya
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Lucy Muthoni has never liked dogs. But these days, a pair of mean-looking hounds tail her as she makes the rounds at her farm in central Kenya.

The reason for her shift in attitude is an unusual crime wave sweeping through villages

London
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British police defended the low rate of prosecutions for forced marriage on Monday, saying they were using other tools to protect potential victims without forcing them to testify against family members.

The comments came as they prepared to guard against a spike in cases

Unwatuna/Galle, Sri Lanka
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Pearl Divers, a diving school on one of Sri Lanka's most popular southern beaches, shut shop for two months after suicide bombers attacked churches and hotels on the island on Easter Sunday, killing about 250 people. It had no customers as tourists cancelled holidays,

RNS

Grammy Award-winning artist Michael W Smith hopes to share the secrets of his success with students at Liberty University this coming fall.

He’ll be joined by Kevin Jonas, the father and original manager of the Jonas Brothers, the mega-popular sibling rock trio.

Artist Michael

Washingtonm, DC
RNS

China, Iran and other countries that the US considers the most egregious religious liberty violators aren’t invited to the State Department’s second summit on religious freedom this week, said Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback.

Instead, the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom will focus

Rome
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More than two billion people lack access to healthy food, putting them at risk of health problems - and many of them live in North America or Europe, the United Nations said on Monday, urging governments to "look beyond hunger".

More than a quarter

London/New Delhi
Thomson Reuters Foundation

From renewable energy companies to social housing funds, investors around the world are increasingly drawn to organisations that offer social or environmental as well as financial returns.

Now, a new breed of market is springing up from Scotland to India to help them

World Watch Monitor

What Iraq’s Christians want from the West is to say the plain truth: that there is ethnic cleansing of Christians in the region and it is ongoing, Dr Tim Stanley told a meeting at the UK’s parliament last week.

The historian and columnist, working for

A letter written on papyrus, which has been located at a Swiss university for more than 100 years, has been identified as the oldest known Christian private letter, according to a researcher.

A statement released by the University of Basel last Thursday said the letter from Roman Egypt -

Global Christian groups launched a new campaign advocating for tax justice at the UN in New York City last week.

The 'Zacchaeus Project', part of the New International Financial and Economic Architecture initiative - a joint effort by the Council for World Mission, Lutheran World Federation, World Communion of Reformed Churches

New Delhi
Thomson Reuters Foundation

When Colombo's mayor announced Sri Lanka's congested capital would go car-free last Sunday to promote a "healthier" lifestyle, she might have expected a few grumbles from petrolheads.

But no one appears to have anticipated the furious backlash from women in the city, who

Bogota, Colombia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A court in Ecuador has upheld a ruling that prevents the government from selling land in the Amazon rainforest to oil companies, a move activists called a historic win for the Waorani indigenous tribe living there.

The government had appealed an earlier court

Mexico City
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Violence against girls in Mexico by members of their own family has increased sharply in recent years, rising by nearly a third from 2010 to 2014 alone, a UNICEF report said on Thursday.

Girls suffer far more violence, rape, harassment and abuse at

Chennai, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

An Indian state has set aside hundreds of college places for survivors of trafficking and sexual assault, a move welcomed by anti-slavery charities on Friday for helping improve the lives of rescued slaves.

The southern Indian state of Karnataka said this week that

RNS

The Christian Academy in Japan, a suburban Tokyo school founded in 1950 as a boarding school for the children of Christian missionaries, is investigating 66 cases of alleged past abuse of students at the school spanning decades.

Those allegations include faculty physically and sexually abusing students mostly

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