Geneva, Switzerland

Switzerland's executive branch on Tuesday urged voters to reject in an upcoming referendum a proposal that would ban full face-coverings like Muslim niqabs and burqas and ski masks worn by some protesters.

Nearly three years after the proposal was first floated - and long before

London, UK

The former deputy chairman of the 2012 London Olympic organising committee said on Tuesday he would be planning for a cancellation if in charge of the Tokyo Games.

Keith Mills told BBC radio that the delayed Summer Games scheduled for July-August were looking unlikely


Joe Biden’s Cabinet is set to make history in a number of ways.

If all the nominees the president-elect has chosen are confirmed, the Cabinet - including the Vice President, the heads of 15 executive departments and eight other key positions - will be the most racially

Washington, DC

Hours before he takes the oath of office Wednesday as president, Joe Biden is reportedly slated to attend a worship service at the Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle, commonly known as St Matthew's, with a bipartisan group of members of Congress and other politicians

Washington DC, US

The Washington National Cathedral will host a virtual iteration of its traditional interfaith worship service the day after Joe Biden's inauguration, with activist and pastor Rev William Barber II preaching the sermon.

The gathering, a long-standing inaugural tradition, will be hosted by Rev Randy


President-elect Joe Biden plans to be sworn in with his hefty family Bible when he becomes the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday.

It’s one of many ways religion will be a facet of the inaugural activities surrounding the country’s second Catholic president.


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Thomson Reuters Foundation

With hospitals overflowing and oxygen supplies running low, Indigenous leader Joilson Karapana fears a second wave of COVID-19 deaths in the Brazilian city of Manaus could prove even more devastating for his tribal community.

When the coronavirus pandemic swept the Amazon


The majority of Black church attenders in the US say African Americans generally feel politically powerless, but those worshippers also see Black congregations as a source of comfort and control, a new Barna Group study finds.

Three in four Black church attenders - defined in the study

Geneva, Switzerland/London, UK

The COVID-19 pandemic could be the catalyst for much-needed reform of the World Health Organization just as the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 forced urgent changes at the UN nuclear agency, an independent review panel said on Tuesday.

The panel, set up to investigate

Washington DC, US

On his way out the door, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out anew at China on Tuesday by declaring that its policies on Muslims and ethnic minorities in the western Xinjiang region constitute “crimes against humanity” and a “genocide". The rarely used designation

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, gets his first COVID-19 injection. PICTURE: Twitter.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has received his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and used social media to urge others to follow suit.

In a statement posted on his




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