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London theatre-goers used to spectating in comfort are in for a rude awakening after the authors of a play swapped the traditional plush velvet seating for wooden benches and covered the floor with soil to simulate the feel of a migrant camp.

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A sexual abuse allegation made against a top retired US Catholic cleric, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, has been deemed “credible and substantiated” by church authorities, who ordered McCarrick to cease all public activities.

The announcement follows an investigation of McCarrick by the Archdiocese of New York to assess

The World Council of Churches has urged the Philippines Government to address the "worsening human rights situation and increasing violence and impunity in the country".

In a statement issued this week, the WCC's Central Committee said they were "deeply alarmed by the escalating violence, extrajudicial killings and other human rights

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Climate change and conflict are forcing growing numbers of people to go hungry, flee their homes and lose critical access to water, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a look at progress in its global development goals.

The number of hungry people has risen

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A Chinese pastor was released on Tuesday, after being detained for two and a half years for “illegally possessing state secrets”, reports Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

Pastor Yang Hua of Huoshi Church (which means Living Stone), in the south-western province of Guizhou, was arrested in December,

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In just 30 years, cities around the world will face dramatically higher risks from extreme heat, coastal flooding, power blackouts and food and water shortages unless climate-changing emissions are curbed, urban researchers warned this week.

Today, for instance, more than 200 million people in 350

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Rome must help refugees integrate into life in Italy's capital city, to cut the risk of tensions between communities that could escalate to dangerous levels – and to benefit from the fresh life they bring to an ageing population, officials said.

Welcoming migrants is an

US Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry's 14 minute sermon may have been the most "tweeted moment" during the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor last month, but a new poll suggests that its longer-term impact may not have been as great as some may have hoped.



To geneticist Francis Collins, a person’s DNA can be compared to the beauty of a Gothic cathedral’s rose window.

“I think that is a visual way to point out the beauty of what it is that God has given us as a creation,” Collins said as he

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Wars, persecution and other violence have driven a record 68.5 million people from their homes, more than the population of Britain or France, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday.

Here are some facts from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' annual




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