Ottawa, Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed to continue his re-election campaign and asked for forgiveness on Thursday after pictures of him in blackface emerged with less than five weeks before the national vote.

The Liberal Party leader's campaign has been upended since TIME  magazine on Wednesday

Geneva, Switzerland

One-quarter of UN member states have carried out suspected reprisals against activists who cooperate with the world body on human rights issues, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday.

China, Egypt, Iran, and Vietnam were among states named in his annual report who rejected the

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Almost three million people in England are one pay cheque away from losing their homes because they cannot pay the rent, housing charity Shelter said on Thursday.

Just under half of working people living in privately rented homes in England would be

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With efforts to make buildings, transport, energy and waste management greener, cities could cut their planet-warming emissions nearly 90 per cent by 2050, producing close to $US24 trillion in returns, a coalition of 50 organisations said on Thursday.

But to realise the benefits of


The United Methodist Church’s deadline for petitions for its next global meeting passed Wednesday, setting the terms for a final reckoning with LGBTQ issues that have divided the denomination for more than 40 years. 

The UMC’s General Conference 2020, to be held in May in Minneapolis, will

Dakar, Senegal
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Congolese activist Evariste Mfaume decided to take action when he found out that thousands of his compatriots who had fled war 20 years ago wanted to come home, but had no place to go.

He lobbied the government for land and helped set

New York

With world leaders about to gather in New York for a UN Climate Action Summit next week, millions of young people from Australia to Iceland will take off from school or work on Friday to demand urgent measures to stop environmental catastrophe.

Protests, inspired by

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Just five major companies allow all mothers and fathers to share a full year of paid parental leave, a workplace equality organisation said this week, as rights groups said closing the gap would combat discrimination towards women.

Aviva, British Land, Diageo, Hewlett Packard and

Ottawa, Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologised on Wednesday for wearing brown face make-up in 2001 after an embarrassing picture emerged less than five weeks before an election in which he faces a tough fight.

The image of a 29-year-old Trudeau with his face in dark

New York City, US
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From worsening hunger and migration to greater loss of lives and property to wild weather, climate change is driving violations of human rights - and focusing on that may be a key way to win faster climate action, rights experts said

Gang members in London are being offered the chance to change their life under a church scheme aimed at reducing knife crime in the British capital.

Under the initiative, which is run by the Spac Nation Church, a series of 'safe houses' have reportedly been established where those

New York City
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The world is decades behind schedule to achieve ambitious goals to fight poverty, inequality and other ills, development experts warned on Wednesday, as global leaders prepared to meet to weigh their progress.

The high-level summit in New York next week will

Kuala Lumpur
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Indonesia must increase funding to detect and tackle forest fires quicker and enforce conservation laws to avoid another major haze crisis, a United Nations official said on Wednesday, as fears mount over the climate impacts of rainforest losses.

Indonesia and its South-East

Forty Australian Christian women leaders made an historic visit to Canberra on Wednesday to meet with politicians to discuss issues including violence against women and children in Pacific island nations.

The delegation, which included representatives from the Baptist, Anglican, Catholic,  Uniting and Seventh Day Adventist churches as well as the




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