Bogotá, Colombia
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Women and girls in South America are more likely to become victims of sex trafficking inside their own or neighbouring countries than to be trafficked across continents, officials said last week, urging cooperation among regional governments.

The sexual exploitation of women and girls

The fortunes of the world's 2,208 billionaires grew by $US2.5 billion a day last year while the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity saw their wealth decline by 11 per cent.

The figures - which also show some 3.4 billion people are now living on

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Britain's Marks & Spencer is the latest food retailer to cut plastic pollution and food waste, opening a trial store in London that sells fresh fruit and vegetables without packaging or sell-by dates.

It joins a wave of supermarkets and manufacturers, from Germany's Lidl to

Some 170 people are missing after two shipwrecks on the Mediterreanean, according to reports.

One dinghy was spotted by Italian authorities sinking on Friday in rough waters - three survivors were later picked up and said they were part of a group of 120 people, mainly from West Africa, who

Washington, DC

A Catholic high school in the US state of Kentucky is apologising after videos surfaced of students dressed in the school’s garb confronting and mocking a group of Native Americans - including one man believed to be a Vietnam War veteran - in Washington, DC.

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Ethiopia passed a law last week giving almost a million refugees the right to work and live outside of camps, in a move praised for providing them with more dignity and reducing reliance on foreign aid.

Home to Africa's second largest refugee population after Uganda,

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The death of a British aid worker in a militant attack in Nairobi this week highlighted the rising number of people killed delivering aid to those in need.

Luke Potter, Africa programmes director for the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, was among 21 people killed when gunmen

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The world has made far too little progress on the global goals governments agreed in 2015 to end poverty and hunger and tackle climate change, with a rising tide of nationalism acting as a wrecking ball, architects of the goals said on Thursday.

Helen Clark,

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Tens of thousands of displaced people in northeast Nigeria are cut off from humanitarian aid following a militant attack earlier this week, the United Nations said on Friday.

The town of Rann in Borno state was overrun by Islamist militants on Monday evening before being

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The United Nations is failing to give Haitian mothers who say their children were fathered by peacekeepers the help it promised in their legal battle for financial support, human rights groups helping the women have said.

The Haiti-based Bureau des Avocats Internationaux and the Institute

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Whether buying a fish fillet at a supermarket or ordering steak in a restaurant, consumers will soon be able to use their phones to check instantly whether their food is green and ethical.

Launched by environmental group WWF and investment firm BCG Digital Ventures, OpenSC is

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The demolition of about 100 homes near Ho Chi Minh City, including one owned by the Catholic Church, has pitted the church against authorities in the latest such dispute over land in the Communist Party-ruled country.

Residents in Tan Binh district received no warning of


A little-known theologian who mentored Rev Martin Luther King, Jr, is the subject of a new documentary that highlights the influence the older man had on a range of civil rights leaders.

Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story , a 55-minute film, highlights how King’s work

An umbrella organisation for churches in the UK has issued a call for churches to join in prayer for the "national political situation" in the UK in the wake of this week's votes in the Houses of Parliament.

On Tuesday, MPs rejected the agreement on how Brexit would take place

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About two-thirds of patients in Congo's latest Ebola outbreak have been women, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, calling for more focus on gender in disease control and prevention.

The outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is the world's second largest




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