Vatican City
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On Thursday, the Vatican hosted a Christmas tree lighting ceremony ahead of the holidays, but it was the Nativity scene that stole the show.

Almost entirely made from wood, the Nativity scene ticks every box of Pope Francis’ pontificate. The plight of immigrants and refugees

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China has threatened to retaliate against the US after the House of Representatives approved a bill to sanction senior Chinese officials for helping orchestrate the country’s brutal crackdown against its Uighur Muslim minority.

The Democrat-controlled House voted on Tuesday overwhelmingly in favour of the bipartisan Uyghur Human Rights

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When a worried parent calls for help finding a missing child, Norma Ledezma says she often immediately has a sense of whether they are likely to be found alive.

Seventeen years after her daughter Paloma disappeared in northern Mexico, Ledezma has helped hundreds of families

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Samoa on Thursday closed all non-essential public and private services for two days to combat a measles epidemic that has killed more than 60 people, mostly babies and children, in a battle complicated by a vocal anti-vaccination movement.

The measles virus has infected more

Tbilisi, Georgia
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Privacy concerns are pushing people to change their behaviour online, according to an international poll published on Wednesday that found one in three avoid specific search terms or web pages to elude tracking.

More than seven in 10 respondents to a survey

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle has defended the governing body's settlement with Israel Folau as a "commercial decision" and necessary to avoid the cost and distraction of testing its inclusion policy in court.

RA and Folau announced on Wednesday they had settled their unfair dismissal

Madrid, Spain
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Worsening heatwaves are taking a heavier toll on rich as well as poor countries, according to an annual ranking that measures the damage done by extreme weather to human life and economies.

The Global Climate Risk Index, published on Wednesday by environmental

Vatican City
RNS

At an event welcoming 33 refugees sponsored by the Vatican, the cardinal in charge of administrating Pope Francis’ charitable work called European bishops to “wake up” and take a stand in welcoming displaced persons fleeing persecution in the world.

“There is great compassion from the

Washington DC, US
Reuters

The US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee was scheduled to hold its first impeachment hearing on 4th December, starting a new phase of the inquiry that could lead to formal charges against President Donald Trump within weeks.

The following explains the basics of impeachment,

Reuters

Fiji has asked its sports federations to postpone all competitions until January, in a bid to rein in the spread of a measles outbreak that has killed dozens in the neighbouring Pacific nation of Samoa.

The highly infectious disease has been crossing the globe, recently finding

Melbourne, Australia
Reuters

Former Wallabies fullback Israel Folau has settled his unfair dismissal case with Rugby Australia and Super Rugby team the New South Wales Waratahs, bringing an end to a prolonged and bitter dispute triggered by an explosive social media post.

Folau, a fundamentalist Christian, launched legal

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