London
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The number of hungry children in West Africa's Sahel region reached a 10-year high in 2018 due to poor rains, conflict and high food prices, the United Nations said on Friday.

More than 1.3 million children under the age of five suffered from severe

Washington, DC
RNS

Rev James Lawson, a United Methodist minister known for his advocacy of nonviolence in the civil rights era and beyond, has been recommended for a Congressional Gold Medal.

“It is, I think, time for us as a nation to really recognize all that he has

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Apple will employ trafficking survivors to work in its retail stores, the technology giant said, after winning an international award for making details of its supply chains public in a bid to help end modern slavery.

Since 2012 Apple says it has reduced the number

World Watch Monitor

Seventeen of the 41 Bible students forcibly recruited by an ethnic minority army in Myanmar’s northern Shan state in September have escaped, according to Catholic news site UCAN.

The students arrived in groups of two or three at the Lahu Baptist Church in Kyaing Tong

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Photographs of dead and missing Thai rights activists have spurred a Canadian composer to create a music album and invite string quartets around the world to perform to draw attention to the violence campaigners face.

More than 59 land and environmental activists have been killed

RNS

There was a lot of talk but not a lot of action.

When American clerics at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops began their annual fall gathering in Baltimore on Monday, they were eager to take bold, decisive steps to address what many see as the biggest

Thomson Reuters Foundation

After 35 operations to reconstruct her face burnt in an acid attack four years ago, Colombian Natalia Ponce de Leon has overcome her anger and is determined to push for greater justice for rising numbers of women victims in her country and globally.

The attack

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Vilification of migrants as criminals, rather than people needing protection, by politicians and the media is making them more vulnerable to abuse, said a frontline humanitarian worker.

Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, a humanitarian affairs adviser with Medecins Sans Frontieres who has rescued migrants from

Thomson Reuters Foundation

European cities are seeking greater recognition and support for their pioneering efforts to tackle climate change, both from national governments and the European Union, mayors leading the charge said on Wednesday.

Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau urged all political parties with candidates standing for the European

Rome, Italy
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Hundreds of migrants and Roma have been left homeless following two days of evictions in Italy, as its interior minister said on Wednesday that he was restoring order to the country.

Volunteers running the Baobab camp in Rome said that police forcibly evicted

Thomson Reuters Foundation

After more than 40 years of agony, families of thousands of Lebanese who disappeared during its civil war said a landmark law to investigate their fate could bring "closure".

Lawmakers this week voted to set up a commission to find out what happened to those

World Watch Monitor

Several countries have offered asylum to the Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi, after she was acquitted by the country’s highest court last month of a blasphemy charge carrying the capital punishment. However, local Christians are fearful of repercussions, as the West is perceived as Christian to most

The Australian Christian Lobby have expressed concern over what they describe as a "culture of death" in Queensland after the State Government announced a parliamentary inquiry to consider assisted suicide legislation.

The announcement, which came on Wednesday, has already sparked a strong response from a range of groups opposed to euthanasia.

World Watch Monitor

More than 2,000 churches have been closed and over 1,000 more face closure after Angola’s cabinet approved a new law requiring them to register with the government, including presenting at least 100,000 signatures of followers, as reported by Nairobi-based news site The East African.

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