Beijing, China
Reuters

The skies above Beijing turned yellow and air pollution soared to severe levels as a giant cloud of sand and dust particles rolled into the city, propelled by strong winds from the north of China. 

Beijing's air quality index rose to 324 as of 4pm

RNS

For months, GraceLife church, near Edmonton, Alberta, has ignored Alberta Health Services' guidelines limiting religious gatherings. In February, the authorities pushed back, jailing the non-denominational church's pastor, Rev James Coates, for 35 days.

On 7th April, after the church continued to breach rules about mask wearing and

Reuters

Myanmar security forces on Thursday arrested one of the main leaders of the campaign against military rule after ramming him with a car as he led a motorbike protest rally, friends and colleagues said.

Opponents of the 1st February coup that ousted an elected government led by

Kabul, Afghanistan
Reuters

Many Afghans believe that the United States is putting them at the mercy of hardline Islamist Taliban insurgents after President Joe Biden's announcement that US troops will leave the country by 11th September.

The withdrawal date was pushed back four months from the 1st May

Vatican City
RNS

In an online message to grassroots community organisers on Thursday, Pope Francis  criticised a modern form of politician that he said “turns their back on the poor", and he laid out his vision for a “politics with a capital P".

"Popularism," what Pope Francis calls

Geneva, Switzerland/New York City, US
Reuters

Top UN, financial and vaccine officials on Thursday urged rich countries to donate excess COVID-19 vaccine doses to a program supplying lower income countries in a bid to end the pandemic and get the global economy back on track. 

At an event

Paris, France
Reuters

President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday applauded the painstaking work to restore Notre-Dame de Paris, two years after a fire destroyed the cathedral's centuries-old attic and sent its spire crashing through the vaults below.

In the hours after the blaze, Macron told a distraught nation that

New York City, US
Reuters

Sexual violence is being used as a weapon of war in Ethiopia's Tigray region, where girls as young as eight are being targeted and some women have reported being gang-raped over several days, UN aid chief Mark Lowcock said on Thursday.

He told

New Delhi/Bengaluru, India
Reuters

India reported a record 200,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and the financial hub of Mumbai entered a lockdown, as many hospitals treating coronavirus patients reported severe shortages of beds and oxygen supplies.

The surge was the seventh record daily increase in the last

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