Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Rescuers trying to free a pod of whales beached off the Australian island of Tasmania said on Wednesday they had found another 200 stranded mammals, bringing the total to 470 and making it one of the country's biggest beachings.

As a rescue effort began its

Vatican City
RNS

Next time you see a headline relaying juicy quotes from a Catholic prelate, the Vatican suggested on Tuesday, take it with a grain of salt.

The head of the Vatican doctrinal office, once known as the Inquisition, made it clear on Tuesday that only the

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Government departments and other public bodies in Britain will have to take action to ensure their suppliers do not engage in modern slavery under measures announced on Tuesday.

Britain said public-sector organisations with a budget of more than £36 million, including local authorities,

New York City, US
Reuters

US President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that China must be held accountable for having "unleashed" COVID-19 on the world, prompting Beijing to accuse him of "lies" and abusing the UN platform to provoke confrontation.

China's President Xi

A UN-backed global campaign to slash climate-changing emissions has added new high-profile members to its ranks, including social media giant Facebook and Ford, the first US car company to join.

The "Race to Zero", launched in June, brings together businesses, cities and other organisations that aim by around mid-century to

Updated 24th September, 2020
Baltimore, US
RNS

Prominent US faith leaders are condemning the apprehension of an undocumented immigrant on church grounds by federal officials, arguing the action violates a government policy that discourages agents from raiding “sensitive locations” such as churches, hospitals and schools.

“As a bishop

United Nations
Reuters

World leaders came together, virtually, on Monday to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, as the deadly coronavirus pandemic and tensions between the United States and China challenge the effectiveness and solidarity of the 193 member body.

As COVID-19 began to spread around

RNS

Bishop J Delano Ellis II, a Black church official who started Pentecostal organisations in the US and emphasised ecumenism, died over the weekend.

He was 75 and died after a recent hospitalisation.

Bishop J Delano Ellis. PICTURE: Courtesy of Joint College of African-American Pentecostal

Buenos Aires, Argentina/Arctic Ocean
Reuters

Warming in the Arctic shrank the ice covering the polar ocean this year to its second-lowest extent in four decades, scientists announced Monday, yet another sign of how climate change is rapidly transforming the region. 

Satellites recorded this year's sea ice minimum at

Washington DC, US
RNS

Federal appellate Judge Amy Coney Barrett is emerging as a likely nominee to fill the US Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, reawakening a debate over Barrett’s views on law and religion.

Barrett, a Catholic who once

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Marine biologists were planning the rescue of around 270 whales stranded on a sandbar off the remote west coast of the Australian island of Tasmania on Monday.

Government scientists said it appeared that at least 25 of the animals, believed to be pilot whales, had

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