New York

Californians can eat chocolate bunnies and snuggle plush Peter Cottontail dolls to their heart's content this Easter.

But those who want to buy a live bunny as an Easter gift won't find them for sale at pet stores this year after California became the first

Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need has been awarded the 2019 Path to Peace Award in recognition of its peace-making efforts.

The award is presented annually by the Path to Peace Foundation - a collaboration with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the

Catholics and the Church of England have made a joint submission to an independent review of the UK's support for persecuted Christians around the world.

The review, which was launched earlier this year, is charged with examining the role the country's Foreign & Commonwealth Office plays in supporting

Kochi, India

On a hot Sunday morning as high Mass let out at St Thomas Kottakavu Church, Niya Francis, 24, found her shoes among a sea of sandals left outside the church doorway and joined her fellow catechism teachers as they headed to class in a small

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Survivors of modern slavery in Britain should no longer have support cut off six weeks after they are officially recognised as victims by the government, the High Court ruled on Wednesday.

The decision - an interim measure as part of a ongoing legal review

Dakar, Senegal
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With spiralling ethnic violence exposing more children in Mali to fatal diseases, health workers are using donkeys and boats to deliver life-saving vaccines, charities said on Wednesday.

In the central Mopti region - where 157 people died in one attack last month -

Sydney, Australia

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau has asked for a code of conduct hearing to be scheduled by Rugby Australia after the governing body said they intended to terminate his contract for controversial social media posts.

Australia's Israel Folau runs in to score

Bogota, Colombia
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Nearly one year after anti-government protests began in Nicaragua, tens of thousands of people have fled the country in fear for their lives, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

About 62,000 Nicaraguans have been forced from their homes in the Central American nation,

Bogota, Colombia
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Chile will soon start punishing rampant street sexual harassment against women and girls with fines and prison terms but getting victims to speak up will be a significant challenge, experts said on Monday.

A law passed this month and expected to come into

New York City, US
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One in four US teenage girls killed in a homicide is slain by her dating partner, research showed this week, exposing details about the "taboo" issue of dating violence among young people.

Teen and adolescent girls are often embarrassed or reluctant


Everybody knows what it’s like to suffer alongside a loved one in crisis.

That includes Chrissy Metz.

And, the This Is Us star said, that’s what drew her to the role of Joyce Smith in the new movie Breakthrough , releasing in the US on 17th April in




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