Tbilisi, Georgia
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Oil-rich Azerbaijan planted more than half a million trees on Friday to celebrate a 14th century poet, an initiative the government said would help tackle climate change but some environmental activists called "a waste of money".

The Azeri ministry of ecology said


Thomas Ascol, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida, and head of Founders Ministries, was hospitalised on Sunday after collapsing during church.

According to a statement from Founders Ministries, Ascol was ministering to his church on Sunday morning when he "suddenly fell to the

Vatican City

In a surprise move, Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, as the head of Propaganda Fide, the major Vatican department for evangelisation, on Sunday. It's a move that emphasises this pontificate’s efforts to highlight the global peripheries and taps the cardinal

World Watch Monitor

The Gambia, a tiny nation on Africa’s North Atlantic coast, is considering a new constitution. Prominent Christian voices in the country say there is a lot to like in the draft, and one big thing to worry about: It does not explicitly define

Sydney, Australia

Volunteers in the New Zealand city of Rotorua are preparing two dozen white-lined coffins to be transported to Samoa at the end of the week as the measles-ravaged Pacific island nation languishes under a growing death toll that has now hit 70. 

The smallest of

Sydney, Australia

Thousands of firefighters burned grassland in eastern Australia on Monday in a desperate bid to starve an anticipated new front of bushfires of fuel before forecast searing temperatures on Tuesday.

More than 100 fires are ablaze in New South Wales and Victoria states, many of

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Whakatane, New Zealand

New Zealand said on Tuesday that eight people were missing and presumed dead a day after a volcano erupted off the coast of New Zealand's North Island, with at least five people confirmed dead and more than 30 injured.

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London, UK
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Oscar-winning British actor Helen Mirren has hit out against the "exponential rise in homelessness" as she prepared to sleep out in central London on Saturday as part of a global charity appeal to fight the scourge. 

Mirren joined Hollywood stars Will Smith and

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

When it comes to climate change, deciding what facts you can trust and what's fake news can be a challenge, particularly in an era of sophisticated misinformation campaigns and complex scientific data.

But an ally is at hand: 'Cranky Uncle', a gruff

Rome, Italy
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A piece of paper no bigger than a business card could enrich struggling coffee farmers and their soil, a growing challenge as temperatures rise and prices fluctuate.

Enveritas, a US non-profit, signed an agreement with International Business Machines Corp on Thursday to pilot

Victoria Falls, Zambia

For decades Victoria Falls, where southern Africa's Zambezi river cascade down 100 metres into a gash in the earth, have drawn millions of holidaymakers to Zimbabwe and Zambia for their stunning views. 

But the worst drought in a century has slowed the waterfalls




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