The World Council of Churches has condemned an attack on a German synagogue on Wednesday night with its head describing it as "a brazen display of racist anti-Semitism".

Two people were reportedly killed - one outside the synagogue and another in a nearby kebab shop - and two


The United Nations may not have enough money for staff salaries next month if member states don't pay what they owe, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Tuesday.

He told the 193-member UN General Assembly's budget committee that if he had not worked since January to cut


Prosecutors have urged Australia's High Court to refuse to hear a final appeal by former Vatican treasurer George Pell against his convictions for sexually abusing two 13-year-old boys in the late 1990s.

In opposing arguments put by Pell's lawyers to Australia's highest court, prosecutors said there

Bogota, Colombia
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Drug trafficking and organised crime are fuelling deforestation in protected tropical forests and national parks across Central America, causing substantial economic losses, researchers said on Tuesday.

Traffickers are cutting down trees to build roads and airstrips to transport cocaine and are encroaching ever

North Wyke, UK
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It is an idyllic countryside scene - an embrace of rolling hills dappled with Instagram-worthy bales of straw, as sheep and cows graze under a bright blue sky. Completing the picture, a stately manor graces the background.

But this bucolic setting belies


More than 90 Christian leaders are calling for a National Day of Prayer this Sunday “for the truth to be revealed through the impeachment inquiry” into whether President Donald Trump solicited help from a foreign government for his 2020 reelection campaign.

That call comes

Vatican City

A United Nations representative for the rights of Indigenous peoples who is participating in the Catholic bishops synod on the Amazon said Tuesday that the church still has a ways to go in terms of women’s representation.

Victoria Lucia Tauli-Corpuz, the UN special rapporteur on

Los Angeles, US

Christian organisations are urging California Governor Gavin Newsom to veto a bill that would require the state’s public universities to offer abortion medication through campus health clinics. 

If signed into law, the “College Student Right to Access Act,” or SB 24, would take

Nairobi, Kenya
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Happiness Kapota will remember forever the day when her children lined up in Nairobi to receive their birth certificates.

Joyce, Caleb and Sidet Moyo were among the first children from Kenya's stateless Shona group to receive the government-issued certificates, which will give them

Seoul, South Korea

North Korea has doubled down on leader Kim Jong-un's year-end deadline for the United States to reconsider its approach in denuclearisation negotiations after the latest attempt at talks ended in disagreement.

A spokesman for North Korea's foreign ministry said in a statement carried by

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A Malaysian recruitment agency set to launch a pioneering "ethical" hiring model has called for an industry overhaul to tackle debt bondage among migrant workers and end modern slavery in the South-East Asian nation.

Led by a team of three women, Kuala




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