Vatican City
RNS

Pope Francis’ “guardian angel” handed in his wings on Monday. Domenico Giani, the head of the Vatican police force, submitted his resignation amid the latest leaks and scandals surrounding the Catholic institution’s finances. 

“In order to assure the proper serenity to the ongoing investigation,”

Beirut, Lebanon/Ankara, Turkey/Washington DC, US
Reuters

Russian-backed Syrian forces took rapid advantage of an abrupt US retreat from Syria on Monday, deploying deep inside Kurdish-held territory south of the Turkish frontier less than 24 hours after Washington announced a full withdrawal.

Washington's Kurdish former allies said they invited

Washington, DC
RNS

A comment last week by candidate Beto O’Rourke that churches and faith-based institutions should lose their tax-exempt status if they don’t support same-sex marriage has brought criticism from two of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination.

At least two other Democratic White House hopefuls

Rome, Italy
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Farmers around the world are losing up to 20 per cent of the food they produce every year but action can be taken to reduce this, according to the United Nations on Monday as it quantified such losses for the first time. 

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Quito, Ecuador
Reuters

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said he struck a deal late on Sunday with Indigenous leaders who have mobilised thousands of protesters against a decree that slashed fuel subsidies, agreeing to replace it with one that does more to help the most needy.

In exchange, the

Nagano, Japan
Reuters

Rescue workers waded through muddy, waist-high waters on Monday searching for missing people after one of the worst typhoons to hit Japan in recent history, with rain forecast to resume later in the day. 

At least 31 people were killed in the typhoon that

New York City, US
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Major chocolate companies such as Godiva, Lindt and Hershey are failing to keep child labour out of their supply chains, according to a new ranking by activists released last Thursday.

Godiva was rated the worst, followed by Ferrero and Mondalez on

Copenhagen, Denmark
Thomson Reuters Foundation

From penalising cars to planting trees, dozens of mayors from every continent pledged cleaner air on Friday in a bid to improve urban health and tackle climate change.

More than 90 per cent of people breathe dirty air, causing death and disease, according

Mumbai, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Attic.Caramel.Truth is not a crossword puzzle. It is the address of India's most famous monument - the Taj Mahal - on a mapping app that aims to help millions of slum dwellers, rural residents, refugees and those in need of emergency aid.

As

Dakar, Senegal
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Nigeria's President called for stricter laws against sexual abuse on Friday after a documentary showed a university lecturer propositioning a reporter posing as an underage student.

The BBC film used an undercover reporter to expose sexual harassment at two universities in Nigeria and

New Delhi, India
Reuters

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said it would take four months for Jammu and Kashmir to return to normal after his government stripped the state of its special status in August and imposed harsh restrictions. 

At a rally in the western

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