Mexico City, Mexico
AP

Mexicans have never had much affection for Christopher Columbus, and officials were being coy about why his statue was removed from the capital's main boulevard over the weekend before Monday's observances of Columbus Day, which saw protests in several Latin American nations.

Unlike in

RNS

A district court has temporarily granted a request from a Washington, DC, Southern Baptist church to gather for outdoor worship services that violate the city's rules for public gatherings.

Capitol Hill Baptist Church argued that the District of Columbia’s COVID-19 restrictions had violated its constitutional rights and

Washington DC, US
AP

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett presented her conservative approach to the law Monday at the start of fast-tracked confirmation hearings, while Democrats, powerless to stop her, tried to cast her as a threat to Americans’ health care coverage during the coronavirus pandemic.

With her

Rome, Italy
AP

Pope Francis met Monday with Cardinal George Pell and thanked him for his witness, warmly welcoming him for a private audience in the Apostolic Palace after the cardinal’s sex abuse conviction and acquittal in Australia.

The Vatican released photos and a brief video clip of

Barcelona, Spain
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A jump in climate-related disasters this century, along with the global coronavirus pandemic, show political and business leaders are failing to stop the planet turning into "an uninhabitable hell" for millions, the United Nations said on Monday.

The last two decades saw the number

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Asia-Pacific countries including Singapore, Australia and Japan are gradually easing some international travel restrictions as coronavirus cases slow, in hopes of helping to revive their economies. 

International travel in Asia has collapsed during the pandemic due to border closures, with passenger numbers down 97 per

Washington DC, US
AP

“The dogma lives loudly within you.” 

It's that utterance from California Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, that's on the minds of Democrats and Republicans preparing for this coming week's hearings with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

Feinstein’s 2017 remarks as

Melbourne, Australia
Reuters

The virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on banknotes, glass and stainless steel for up to 28 days, much longer than the flu virus, Australian researchers said on Monday, highlighting the need for cleaning and handwashing to combat the virus.

Researchers at Australia's national science

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The United Nations' World Food Programme won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to combat hunger around the world and improve conditions for peace in areas affected by conflict.

For more than 50 years the WFP has worked to

RNS

The divisions that the coronavirus pandemic has caused in the United States - with some viewing social distancing restrictions as sensible and altruistic while others decry them as infringements on our freedoms - have been blamed on everything from political parties to toxic masculinity.

But a group

New York City, US
AP

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will mark Columbus Day by dedicating a statue of the Italian-American saint known as Mother Cabrini in lower Manhattan.

The unveiling of the statue on Monday comes a year after Cuomo announced that the state would commission a

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