London, UK
Reuters

Nearly 20 million more people faced food crises last year amid armed conflict, the COVID-19 pandemic and weather extremes, and the outlook for this year is again grim, according to a report by the Global Network Against Food Crises.

The humanitarian agency, set up in

Chennai/Mumbai, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Weakened by fever and gasping for breath, 47-year-old Vinod Kumar died in an ambulance more than 60 kilometres from his home in India's eastern Bihar state, far from the big cities at the centre of the nation's devastating COVID-19 crisis.

His death last

New York City, US
Reuters

More than 200 civil society groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, called on the UN Security Council on Wednesday to impose an arms embargo on Myanmar to help protect civilians peacefully protesting a military coup.

Since the military seized power on

RNS

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted many observances of the annual National Day of Prayer to go virtual, with a focus on praying for those who were sickened or died.

A year later, as the 70th observance occurs on Thursday, pandemic prayers continue and, in some

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

The world cannot act soon enough to put idle manufacturing capacity to work making COVID-19 vaccines to help redress a massive imbalance in global supply, the head of the World Trade Organization said on Wednesday.

WTO director-general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said equitable access to vaccines, diagnostics

London, UK
Reuters

The Group of Seven scolded both China and Russia on Wednesday, casting the Kremlin as malicious and Beijing as a bully, but beyond words there were few concrete steps aside from expressing support for Taiwan and Ukraine. 

Founded in 1975 as a forum for the

Washington DC, US
Reuters

The Taliban "would roll back much" of the progress made in Afghan women's rights if the Islamist extremists regain national power, according to an assessment released on Tuesday by top US intelligence analysts.

The US National Intelligence Council report likely will reinforce fears

Reuters

Twitter Inc has received a record number of responses to a survey on how it should handle world leaders on its site, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday, an issue in the spotlight ahead of the possible return of former US President Donald Trump to Facebook.

Twitter, which

Toronto, Canada
Reuters

Canada's pandemic-era policy of turning back asylum-seekers trying to enter between official border crossings is unlawful and violates their rights, a legal action filed on Tuesday alleges.

The Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers filed the legal action in federal court claiming the policy is unlawful

Nairobi, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

One in two people worldwide saw their earnings drop due to the coronavirus, with people in low-income countries particularly hard hit by job losses or cuts to their working hours, according to new research.

US-based polling company Gallup, which surveyed 300,000 people

Rome, Italy
AP

The Vatican Secretary of State has intervened personally to shed light on one of the most sensational Vatican scandals of recent times: The 1998 murder of the Swiss Guard commander and his wife, purportedly by a disgruntled younger Swiss Guardsman who then took his own

San Gabriel, California, US
RNS

A man has been charged in connection with a fire last July that destroyed the rooftop of a church at the historic San Gabriel Mission, the fourth in a series of missions across California that Catholic priest Junipero Serra founded during the Spanish

Nairobi, Kenya
Reuters

Conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region has separated nearly 5,000 children from their parents, Save the Children said on Tuesday. 

Many children now live in crowded conditions, often sleeping in rooms with dozens of unrelated adults, leaving them vulnerable to abuse, Save the Children said. 

Washington, US
RNS

Faith-based refugee resettlement groups are celebrating President Joe Biden’s decision to raise the number of refugees allowed into the US for the remainder of the federal fiscal year to 62,500, even as they acknowledge that they need to rebuild their capacity after years of cuts

Bogota, Colombia
Reuters

The United Nations and European Union on Tuesday urged calm and warned of the use of excessive force amid further protests against the administration of Colombian President Ivan Duque, while local authorities in epicenter Cali reported a further five deaths and 33 injuries.

The protests

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