Updated: 11pm (AEDT)
Accra, Ghana
Reuters

At least 17 people were killed and scores injured when a truck carrying explosives to a gold mine in western Ghana collided with a motorcycle, setting off an explosion that flattened a rural community, the government said on Friday.

As rescuers combed

Chennai, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Rising heat and heavier rains across South Asia, as the planet warms, are forcing home-based women workers to cut down on hours as their houses get hotter or are flooded often, resulting in a loss of income they cannot afford, researchers said on

RNS

Despite a court ruling by Russian judges in October that seemed to endorse leniency for Jehovah’s Witnesses arrested after their faith was labeled “extremist", a recent rash of sentences against members of the faith group has prompted concern among human rights advocates that the government is continuing

Mexico City, Mexico
Reuters

Murders in Mexico slightly dropped in 2021, falling 3.6 per cent from the previous year, though femicides rose, according to preliminary government data released on Thursday.

The drop in murders is a win for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office in late

United Nations
Reuters

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday agreed on a definition of denial of the Holocaust, when the Nazis killed six million Jews during World War II, and urged social media companies "to take active measures" to combat anti-Semitism.

"The General Assembly is sending

Cape Town, South Africa
Reuters

Anti-apartheid hero Desmond Tutu's choice of aquamation over cremation or traditional burial came as a surprise to some South Africans, while others were impressed by this environmentally conscious move.

By opting for aquamation Tutu, who died on 26th December aged 90, joined

Sydney, Australia

Australians who want to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ahead of Australia Day next week are being encouraged to take part in this year’s annual 'Change the Heart' prayer service.

Christian organisation Common Grace says 'Change The Heart' is a time to

Rome, Italy
AP

The Vatican has included a group that advocates for women’s ordination on a website promoting a two-year consultation of rank-and-file Catholics, indicating that Pope Francis wants to hear from all Catholics during the process.

The inclusion of the Women’s Ordination Conference on the website promoting

Berlin, Germany
Reuters

Former Pope Benedict XVI failed to take action against clerics in four cases of alleged sexual abuse in his archdiocese when he was Archbishop of Munich, a report found on Thursday, compounding a scandal engulfing the Catholic Church.

Benedict has previously denied wrongdoing over the cases.

Monrovia, Liberia
AP

At least 29 people in Liberia, including 11 children and a pregnant woman, have died in a stampede of worshippers at a Christian event in a densely populated area of the capital, Monrovia, officials said Thursday. 

The stampede erupted when a gang of thugs armed

Reuters

The first aircraft carrying humanitarian supplies arrived in Tonga on Thursday, five days after the South Pacific island nation was hit by a volcanic eruption and tsunami that devastated communities and spoiled most of its drinking water.

A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules landed in

Klessoum Prison, Chad
Reuters

Chad's transitional authorities on Tuesday released the first of some 250 members of armed groups it has promised to free from prison under an amnesty aimed at fostering dialogue after the battlefield death of President Idriss Deby last April.

Justice Minister Ahmat Mahamat

RNS

Three members of the group overseeing the investigation into sexual abuse allegations in the Anglican Church in North America’s Upper Midwest Diocese resigned on Monday, saying that the team “downplayed or ignored” abuse survivors’ needs.

The move comes days after the group, called the Provincial Response Team, named

Manila, The Philippines
Reuters

The Philippines opened a zoo on Wednesday as a makeshift vaccination centre in the hope its elephants and eagles can attract young and elderly people hesitant about getting inoculated against COVID-19.

Manila zoo was giving vaccinations to young people age 12-17 and the elderly

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