Vatican City

Pope Francis apologised to the faithful on Wednesday for not being able to greet them and shake their hands as Italy posted a record spike in coronavirus infections that is threatening to once again spiral out of control.

Instead of wading into the crowd to

More than 19 million people, including 10 million children, are at risk of famine in 12 nations, according to a new report from World Vision.

The Christian aid and development organisation said a "deadly mix" of the coronavirus pandemic, ongoing conflicts and natural disasters had combined to put millions at

Berlin, Germany

Germany has agreed to provide more than a half billion euros to aid Holocaust survivors struggling under the burdens of the coronavirus pandemic, the organisation that negotiates compensation with the German Government said Wednesday.

The payments will be going to approximately 240,000 survivors around the

Vatican City

Italian police arrested Cecilia Marogna, a figure connected to recent scandals over allocations of Vatican funds, in Milan on Tuesday and accused her of embezzlement. 

The judicial authorities at the Vatican issued an international arrest warrant for Marogna, known as “the cardinal’s lady” by local

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Britain's multi-million aid programs to tackle modern slavery worldwide are not underpinned by a clear strategy and have produced little evidence of long-term impacts to reduce such abuses, said an independent aid watchdog on Wednesday.

Officials have launched "innovative" schemes to tackle the

Geneva/Zurich, Switzerland

The World Health Organization on Wednesday warned against any complacency in the coronavirus death rate, saying with the increasing number of cases, mortality would also rise. 

New cases are hitting 100,000 daily in Europe. Nearly 20,000 infections were reported in Britain, while Italy, Switzerland and

Sydney, Australia

Australia's Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half its coral in the last three decades and scientists fear the loss caused by frequent bleaching will compromise its ability to recover.

Record-breaking temperatures that triggered bleaching events in 2016 and 2017 have meant fewer small,

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Saudi Arabia is presiding over a virtual global interfaith forum that began on Tuesday, with participation from Muslim clerics, Jewish rabbis, Christian priests and others religious figures.

The kingdom is hosting the online event as part of its presidency this year of the

Washington DC, US

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett batted away Democrats’ sceptical questions Tuesday on abortion, healthcare and a possible disputed-election fight over transferring presidential power, insisting in a long and lively confirmation hearing she would bring no personal agenda to the court but decide cases “as

New York City, US
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Office life will be different after COVID-19, with desks far apart, Plexiglass barriers and a health warning on handshakes. But the biggest change could be a notable absence of women.

Once the pandemic eases sufficiently for workers to return to their


The US State Department no longer is making publicly available a number of statistics about refugees admitted into the United States, including their religious affiliation.

A spokesperson for the department cited two main reasons for the changes, which took place Friday: the development of a new information




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