A Catholic bishop in New Zealand has resigned after a church body investigated a young woman's complaint against him regarding "unacceptable behaviour of a sexual nature", a top church official has said. 

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Charles Drennan of Palmerston North, Cardinal John


North Korea's top negotiator said late on Saturday that working-level nuclear talks in Sweden between officials from Pyongyang and Washington had broken off, dashing prospects for an end to months of stalemate.

The North's chief nuclear negotiator, Kim Myong-gil, who spent much of the day


The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a letter of complaint with a Texas judicial conduct commission against a Dallas judge for offering a Bible to former police officer Amber Guyger after sentencing her for the murder of her neighbour, Botham Jean.

The actions of Judge Tammy

Udaipur, India
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Millions of Indigenous people face eviction in India after states stopped processing new land claims under a law that is being challenged in the country's highest court, land and human rights advocates warned on Friday.

Earlier this year, India's Supreme Court stayed its

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Investors in projects that do environmental or social good said on Thursday that their burgeoning industry's reputation was at risk because they could not measure their impact.

The $US500 billion impact investment industry - from green energy schemes to homeless services

Dallas, US

On Thursday, members of the Southern Baptist Convention kicked off a three-day summit focused on confronting sexual abuse, with church leaders and abuse survivors calling for the rejection of a religious cultures that can perpetuate abuse and for new systems to protect the vulnerable.


Bogota, Colombia
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From drought-hit farmers and hungry children to battered women, tens of thousands of people in Central America have been hard hit by US Government aid cuts, according to major charities.

Hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and

Hong Kong

Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam on Friday invoked colonial-era emergency powers for the first time in more than 50 years in a dramatic move intended to quell escalating violence in the Chinese-ruled city. 

Lam, speaking at a news conference, said a ban on face

A quarter of US teenagers who identify with a religion and attend public school say they pray regularly before eating lunch at school, according to the results of a Pew Research Center survey.

But the survey of 1,811 US adolescents aged 13 to 17 found

A UK doctor who was sacked because he refused to use transgender pronouns due to his Christian beliefs has said he will appeal a decision that his employer did not breach his right to religious freedom.

Dr David Mackereth, an experienced emergency department doctor from Dudley in England's West Midlands,


The American Academy of Religion has published a broad set of guidelines outlining what every undergraduate student should know about religion. 

The three-year effort by members of the AAR, the century-old association of scholars, is an attempt to provide a baseline for religious literacy in hopes of challenging




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