Sydney, Australia

Australia's second-most populous state Victoria said on Tuesday that anyone breaking COVID-19 isolation orders will face hefty fines, as high as $A20,000, and that more military personnel will be deployed to fight the spread of the virus.

Australia, once heralded as a global leader in

Jackson, Mississippi, US

Magnolias and stars. Crosses and guitars. Beer cans and crawfish. A Gulf Coast lighthouse. Elvis Presley and Kermit the Frog. All appear on proposals the general public submitted for a new Mississippi flag.

Mississippi recently retired the last state banner with the Confederate battle

Los Angeles, US

Every year in August, tens of thousands of people fill the seats of Angel Stadium in Anaheim, not for baseball, but for the weekend-long Harvest Crusade.

A tradition for more than three decades, the Southern California evangelistic event, founded by Harvest Christian Fellowship Pastor

Johannesburg, South Africa
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Strict enforcement of South Africa's coronavirus lockdown by police and the army has placed the spotlight on official brutality, a cause of anger among the majority Black population for decades.

Now a coalition of human rights organisations called C19 is seeking to

New York City, US

After a three year halt due to financial problems, work resumed Monday on a Greek Orthodox church being built to replace one destroyed in the attack on the World Trade Center on 11th September, 2001.

Archbishop Elpidophoros, the leader of the Greek Orthodox


A life-sized statue of Rev Billy Graham will be installed in the US Capitol’s Statuary Hall collection sometime next year, replacing a statue of a white supremacist that both the state of North Carolina and the US House want removed.

Last week, a North Carolina legislative committee approved

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Managua, Nicaragua

Nicaragua's National Police on Monday declared a fire inside Managua's Metropolitan Cathedral accidental shortly after the Vatican's top diplomatic envoy to the country said he had requested a “serious, careful and transparent investigation".

What the Managua archdiocese and Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes had

Cairo, Egypt

Egypt’s churches are reopening their doors to the faithful on Monday for the first time in more than four months due to a coronavirus lockdown.

The Coptic Orthodox Church said in a statement that it would receive the faithful in its churches with restrictions that

United Nations

Six years after Islamic State fighters launched an attack on Iraq’s Yazidi minority, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney accused government leaders and the United Nations on Monday of failing to bring the extremists responsible for the genocide to

Paris, France

Pipe by precious pipe, the organ that once thundered through Notre Dame Cathedral is being taken apart after last year's devastating fire.

The mammoth task of dismantling, cleaning and re-assembling France’s largest musical instrument started Monday and is expected to last nearly four years. It

Thousands of people are at risk as cases of COVID-19 soar in war-torn Syria, aid agency World Vision has warned.

Graham Strong, acting CEO of World Vision Australia, said the "spectre of COVID-19" was yet "another devastating blow for children and their families in Syria, who have been

Gabarone, Uganda
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Dozens of traditional leaders in Botswana will take part in a UN training program that aims to help them tackle high rates of gender-based violence in the country, officials and leaders said last week.

Nearly 70 per cent of women in the southern

Vatican City

Pope Francis called on politicians to create jobs so that economies can relaunch from the lockdowns imposed to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pope, speaking after the traditional Sunday blessing, said that ‘’without work, families and society cannot go forward. Let us pray for this,

London, UK
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From spray parks in water-short Cape Town to heat-reflecting pavements in Tokyo, cities around the world that face worsening heatwaves as the planet warms are rapidly adopting innovations to try to beat increasingly deadly heat.

But ensuring the measures help those most at risk

Beijing, China

Global social distancing rules targeting coronavirus have pushed influenza infection rates to a record low, early figures show, signalling that the measures are having an unprecedented impact on other communicable diseases. 

In China, where the earliest wide-scale lockdown measures began, new reports of diseases including




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