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People who identify as highly spiritual are more likely to say it’s important to make a difference in their communities and contribute to the greater good, a broad new study on American spirituality finds.

The study, “What Does Spirituality Mean to Us?,” found that 86 per

Washington DC, US
AP

US President Donald Trump promised Wednesday to sign an executive order that would require health care providers to provide medical care to all babies born alive as he makes an election-year push to appeal to voters who oppose abortion.

The White House did not

Global Christian organisations have joined in calling for a more compassionate approach to the treatment of migrants and refugees in Europe, saying that a recent fire at the Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos - which housed more than 12,500 people - had highlighted "longstanding shortcomings of

Vatican City
AP

Pope Francis says all segments of society, especially the poor, have a role to play in making the world a better place after the coronavirus and that drug companies shouldn't get a bigger say than front line health workers. 

Francis called Wednesday for an inclusive

Mumbai, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

India's parliament on Wednesday passed "historic" labour laws that the government says help workers and business alike, but activists fear a loss of labour rights in a push for profits.

Experts said the laws - aimed at protecting workers and streamlining labyrinthine regulation

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

The majority of a 470-strong pod of pilot whales found stranded off Australia's remote southern coast has died, officials said on Wednesday, as rescuers struggled in freezing waters and fading light to free those still alive.

The group, which is the biggest beaching in the

RNS

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a trailblazer in life — and also in death.

The associate justice who died on 18th September will lie in repose at the Supreme Court on Wednesday and Thursday, as have several of her departed colleagues - Justices John Paul Stevens, Antonin

Nairobi, Kenya
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Kenya's parliament will launch a legal challenge to a bid by the country's top judge to dissolve both legislative houses for not having enough women lawmakers, the speaker said on Tuesday, calling the move ill-advised, premature and unlawful.

Chief Justice David Maraga on

Paris, France
Reuters

Global airlines on Tuesday called for pre-departure COVID-19 testing for all international passengers to replace the quarantines they blame for exacerbating the travel slump.

Rapid and affordable antigen tests that can be administered by non-medical staff are expected to become available in "coming weeks" and

Thomson Reuters Foundation

A Hong Kong court's decision to uphold a compulsory rule for migrant domestic workers to live with their employers drew criticism on Tuesday from labour rights advocates, who said it exposed foreign maids to conditions akin to modern slavery.

The live-in rule for Hong Kong's

RNS

In his first meeting as leader of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, Rev Rolland Slade called on other committee members on Tuesday to be responsible “to shepherd and to protect” survivors of church sex abuse.

Slade, senior pastor of Meridian Baptist Church in El Cajon, California,

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