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Natural disasters such as drought and floods cost developing countries $US96 billion in damage to crops and livestock between 2005 and 2015, highlighting the need to step up protection for poor farmers, the United Nations said.

Half the total damage - $US48 billion - occurred

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Forty-six Iranian and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have called for the renewal of the mandate of the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Iran.

The NGOs addressed a joint letter to all diplomatic missions attending the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council

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In November, local authorities in Oran closed a church for “illegally print Gospels and publications intended for evangelism”. PICTURE: World Watch Monitor

The Algerian Government has once again been criticised for alleged discrimination against the country’s Christian minority, this time


The Vatican and aid workers have urged the world to help end an "apocalyptic" bombing campaign in Syria where "thousands of families" live in underground shelters and "millions of children" are malnourished.

Christians are also among the many displaced men, women, and children in the Middle Eastern

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Dozens of human rights defenders in Colombia are being gunned down, including rising numbers of women, despite a peace accord ending half a century of civil war, the United Nations said on Friday, urging the government to punish those responsible.

A peace deal between the

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Eritrea’s human rights record was again in the spotlight at the UN Human Rights Council earlier this week. Kate Gilmore, deputy high commissioner for human rights, said in her opening remarks that over 100 people were arrested in Eritrea in 2017 for practising religions not officially


President Trump, left, takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, right, with Mr Trump’s wife, Melania, and children Donald, Barron, Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany at his side during inauguration ceremonies at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on 20th

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At the fifth anniversary of the arson attack on a Christian neighbourhood in the Pakistani city of Lahore, the mother of the Christian man convicted of blaspheming against Islam - and so provoking the attack - says she still prays for his release.

Sawan Masih*, a

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Syria's bloody war entered its eighth year on Thursday with thousands of civilians fleeing deadly assaults on besieged territory, and refugees in camps across its border falling deeper into poverty.

Over the past seven years, Syria's conflict has killed hundreds of thousands of people, driven

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The autonomous Muslim region in the southern Philippines has named its first deputy governor for Christians.

Governor Mujiv Hataman said the appointment of Edgardo Ramirez, a known human rights activist and radio broadcaster, would ensure the voices of Christians – a minority in the region


San Diego Catholic Bishop Robert McElroy condemned the US Trump administration’s border wall effort this week, calling it “ineffective” and “grotesque” as the President visited the region to tour prototypes.

President Donald Trump used his first visit to California since taking office to decry current fences along

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Sometimes, a change of clothes can make all the difference.

For young women who have survived kidnappings and rapes by Boko Haram in Nigeria, fresh clothing is critical to helping shed their status as victims and resume normal lives, survivors said on Tuesday.

Hauwa and

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Archbishop Sako

Archbishop Louis Raphaël I Sako, the head of the Iraq-based Chaldean Church, one of the world’s oldest Christian communities, has been nominated for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, reports Asia News.

Following his nomination, the archbishop said receiving

The Archbishop of Canterbury has paid tribute to world-renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in Cambridge early on Wednesday morning at the age of 76.

Among tributes from around the world following news of his death, Archbishop Justin Welby tweeted that "Professor Stephen Hawking’s contribution to science was as




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