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Southern Methodist University is being sued over a recent move to sever control of the school from the United Methodist Church.

The move is part of the latest fallout from the denomination's long-running battles over sexuality.

Some United Methodist delegates gather to pray before

Madrid, Spain
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Teen activist Greta Thunberg took her call for bold action to tackle climate change to a UN summit in Spain on Friday, warning world leaders that a growing youth-led protest movement meant they could no longer hide.

Accorded rock-star status by young environmental activists, the

Reinhard Bonnke, founder of evangelistic ministry Christ for All Nations, has died at the age of 79.

The evangelist - sometimes known as the "Billy Graham of Africa" - "passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family" on Saturday, according to a statement published by his wife Anni and

New Delhi, India
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India said on Thursday it had ushered in "a wave of change" for millions of slum dwellers - offering them the prize of home ownership - but it barred thousands more whose slums sit near temples, beauty spots and rich neighbourhoods.

It

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

During the five-year siege of Syria's eastern Ghouta region, doctor Amani Ballour worked in a fortified underground hospital called The Cave where she and her team defied constant bombardments to save thousands of lives.

Her story has now been made into a film,

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Bushfires fanned by winds combined into a single giant blaze north of Sydney late on Friday, blanketing Australia's biggest city in hazardous smoke, causing weekend sports games to be cancelled and prompting calls for outdoor workers to stay home.

Wildfire has killed at least four

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Conflicts over water are likely to flare up in Iraq, Mali and India in the coming year, according to the developers of an app launched on Thursday which aims to help prevent violence by flagging up potential flashpoints.

They said the "groundbreaking" early

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Australia recorded its lowest level of rainfall for the month of November, the country's weather bureau said on Thursday, as an unrelenting drought fuels deadly bushfires.

All of Australia received less then 50 millimetres of rain during November, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said, with

London, UK
Reuters

Measles infected nearly 10 million people in 2018 and killed 140,000, mostly children, as devastating outbreaks of the viral disease hit every region of the world, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

In figures described by its director general as "an outrage", the WHO

Vatican City
RNS

On Thursday, the Vatican hosted a Christmas tree lighting ceremony ahead of the holidays, but it was the Nativity scene that stole the show.

Almost entirely made from wood, the Nativity scene ticks every box of Pope Francis’ pontificate. The plight of immigrants and refugees

RNS

China has threatened to retaliate against the US after the House of Representatives approved a bill to sanction senior Chinese officials for helping orchestrate the country’s brutal crackdown against its Uighur Muslim minority.

The Democrat-controlled House voted on Tuesday overwhelmingly in favour of the bipartisan Uyghur Human Rights

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