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People who risk being enslaved after taking out loans to buy food during the monsoon, when casual work is scarce, will be able to help themselves to grain in 100 villages across northern India from this month.

Tens of thousands across India are duped into

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The clause in Nepal’s constitution that prohibits religious conversions was added to “protect Hinduism at the expense of other religions”, says advocacy group CSW, on the third anniversary of the amended constitution.

As World Watch Monitor reported, Nepal’s Christian minority feared that the so-called “anti-conversion”

World Watch Monitor

A public letter urging the Chinese government to stop its “violent actions” against Christians has been signed by some 279 church leaders in the country, reports the St Charles Institute.

In central Henan province alone, two-thirds of churches have closed and more than 7,000 crosses have been demolished after

Thomson Reuters Foundation

India's indigenous children are far more likely to die or suffer from malnutrition than those from other communities, according to the first government study on health among tribal groups.

Among indigenous communities, 57 out of every 1,000 children die before age five, compared to 37

World Watch Monitor

In Niger, the abduction of an Italian priest in the southwest of the country has left the communities he served for 11 years in shock and sorrow.

Fr Pier Luigi Maccalli, 57, was kidnapped by unknown armed men on Monday night in his parish of

The Australian Christian Lobby have warned that legislation allowing women in the Australian Capital Territory to access abortion drugs like RU486 from a general practitioner will "cause more harm than good".

The legislation was passed in the ACT's Legislative Assembly earlier this week in a move which reportedly

London, UK
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World leaders who have pledged to end gender inequality by 2030 will miss the ambitious target if they do not accelerate efforts to plug "profound" data gaps, experts said ahead of launching a new gender index on Wednesday.

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Christians have been urged to walk and pray with refugees and migrants and, in particular, to support those who fall into the hands of human traffickers.

Speaking to World Council of Churches representatives this week, Fr Fabio Baggio, undersecretary of migrants and refugees in the Vatican's Dicastery for

Beirut, Lebanon
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Hundreds of thousands of Yemeni children could die if renewed attacks damage or temporarily close the key port of Hodeidah, Save the Children said on Wednesday, after heavy fighting in the area resumed.

A new report by the charity said families

Hillsong Church has announced its intention to establish its own "international denomination" to credential pastors rather than remain under the umbrella of the Australian Christian Churches.

In a letter published on the church's website released this week, Brian Houston, global senior pastor of Hillsong Church, said the decision followed

London, UK
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The number of people living on less than $US1.90 a day has fallen to record low of about 655 million - or nine per cent of the world's population - but a global target of ending extreme poverty by 2030 is unlikely to

Chicago, US
RNS

Jo Anne Lyon, general superintendent emerita of The Wesleyan Church, and Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, will lead a new investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Bill Hybels, the retired founding pastor of Willow Creek Community Church.

Lyon and Anderson

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An award-winning design for factory worker housing in Cambodia's capital will serve as a model for homes in other cities in the rapidly-urbanising country, according to the charity that will build 3,000 units based on the blueprint next year.

The contest was hosted by the

World Watch Monitor

Two people were killed for failing to recite the Islamic statement of faith when militants, believed to belong to the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, attacked their bus in eastern Kenya on Friday, 14th September.

Seven men stopped the bus while it was on its way to Garissa, between

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Illegal loggers and militias cleared an area three times the size of Gibraltar in Brazil's Amazon this year, threatening an "uncontacted" indigenous tribe, activists said on Tuesday.

Satellite imagery collected by Instituto Socioambiental, a Brazilian advocacy group, detected about 4,600 acres

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