Bogota, Colombia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Bolivia, which has one of South America's highest rates of women being killed because of their gender, has declared femicide a national priority and will step up efforts to tackle growing violence, a top government rights official said on Tuesday.

Since January authorities

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared Congo's Ebola outbreak an international health emergency, sounding a rarely used global alarm after the virus threatened to spread to a major city and into neighbouring countries.

Despite a highly effective vaccine and a swift international response after

Washington, DC
RNS

Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was detained in Turkey for two years on terrorism and spying charges before being released in October, said he is enjoying the simple things in life.

“For me to be back with my wife and my children, this is what I

New York
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Ten thousand people would need to be freed every day to eliminate modern slavery over the next decade, according to research on Wednesday showing countries making little or no progress in efforts to end forced labour.

Less than half of countries rank forced

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Protected forest areas will grow by up to 10 per cent under new rules to stop deforestation, the palm oil industry watchdog - which is working to make the edible oil greener - said on Tuesday.

Under pressure to tighten standards, the 4,300-member Roundtable

Morning Star News

Authorities in Cuba on Sunday refused to allow the national presidents of two Christian denominations to board their flight to Washington, DC, to attend a religious freedom event, sources said.

Cuban officials blocked the departure from Cuba of Rev

Rome
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The number of people going hungry has risen for the third year running after years of improvement, the United Nations said in a report published on Monday that blamed conflict, climate shocks and economic slowdowns.

Market in Bolivia. Via

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was on Tuesday accused of being the "most brazen violator" of a new law he approved that would penalise a wide range of sexual harassment, from catcalling to wolf-whistling.

The 74-year-old President's controversial remarks about women include

RNS

In her 2004 Pulitzer-Prize winning novel Gilead  Marilynne Robinson sketches a portrait of Rev John Ames, a small- town pastor in 1950s Iowa who is humble, self-aware, compassionate and devoted to his family and his congregation, and they to him.

Americans no longer hold clergy in

Washington, DC
RNS

The rabbi of Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, site of an October mass shooting, tries to avoid using the word “hate” and wishes others would do the same.

A Muslim man who lost his wife in the March attack on his New Zealand mosque urges

London
Reuters

The global fight against AIDS is stalling due to lower investment, marginalised communities missing vital health services, and new HIV infections rising in some parts, the United Nations warned on Tuesday. 

More than half of all new HIV infections in 2018 were among sex workers, drug

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