Sydney, Australia

An Australian state government has announced that as many people will be allowed in churches as in pubs after an archbishop complained of unfair pandemic rules.

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher on Thursday encouraged Catholics to sign a petition calling on the New South Wales government

New York City, US
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Economic fallout from COVID-19 is hitting young workers so hard they risk becoming a "lockdown generation" scarred for life, with women the worst hit, the United Nations said this week.

A study by the UN's International Labour Organization pointed to

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Cambodia is facing a new wave of human trafficking as desperate workers use illegal means to cross closed borders in the hope of finding work in Thailand, officials have warned.

About 90,000 Cambodians returned from Thailand before borders were shut in March

Washington DC, US

President Donald Trump said he will introduce legislation that may scrap or weaken a law that has protected internet companies, including Twitter and Facebook, in an extraordinary attempt to regulate social media platforms where he has been criticised.

The proposed legislation is part

Sydney, Australia

Australia will divert $A280 million in overseas aid this year to bolster the response of its closest neighbours to the coronavirus pandemic, with Canberra warning the stability of the Indo-Pacific region is at risk.

The Pacific Islands, Timor-Leste and Indonesia will be the focus of

Mexico City, Mexico
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A top Mexican official on Wednesday said a new campaign against domestic violence would be revised after the video ads sparked strong public opposition from critics who claimed it misrepresented the growing problem.

The initial campaign showed images of men and children,


The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the United Nations to delay until late 2021 a crucial climate summit that had been scheduled for Britain this year, officials said on Thursday.

This year's meeting, known as the COP26 summit, had been billed as the most important climate change summit

Hong Kong/Beijing, China/Washington DC, US

China's parliament approved a decision on Thursday to go forward with national security legislation for Hong Kong that democracy activists in the city and Western countries fear could erode its freedoms and jeopardise its role as a global financial hub.

China says

Canberra, Australia

A Catholic archbishop has accused an Australian state government of inequitable pandemic rules by allowing up to 50 people into pubs while church congregations are limited to 10.

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher on Thursday encouraged Catholics to sign a petition calling on the New South


The brother-in-law of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who faced the death penalty after being accused of blasphemy against Islam, has been killed, Christians have confirmed this week.

The body of Younas Masih, 50, was reportedly found on 25th May in a furrow in Dao Ki Mallian village

Rio de Janerio, Brazil
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Brazilian anti-slavery rescuers have carried out their first raid after a two-month freeze due to the coronavirus outbreak, saying coffee farms will be their main priority when harvesting kicks off next month.

As Brazil's COVID-19 death toll surges, labour inspectors

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Bangladeshi manufacturers said on Wednesday that they would blacklist Western fashion brands that "exploit" them by failing to pay their bills due to the new coronavirus crisis, days after threatening to sue a major British retailer over its debts.

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers

Geneva/Zurich, Switzerland

The World Health Organization announced on Wednesday the creation of a foundation to tap new sources of funding that could help ease a potential cash shortage as it leads the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic. 

Announcing the creation of the WHO Foundation at a


When coronavirus struck inside Europe’s largest diocesan seminary, it upended the intense educational routine and spurred soul-searching among the nearly 130 young men studying to become Catholic priests.

At Seminario di Milano in northern Italy, which has been preparing clergy since the mid-1500s, communal life turned into




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