Vatican City
RNS

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took part in a symposium with high-ranking Vatican officials on Wednesday to celebrate diplomatic relations between the superpower and the Holy See and their joint efforts to promote religious freedom, combat human trafficking and support faith-based organisations.

“When the

Manchester, UK
Reuters

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a final Brexit offer to the European Union on Wednesday, pitching a possible compromise for a last-minute exit deal that was cautiously welcomed by the EU though the two sides still remain far apart.

In what Johnson's supporters cast

New York City, US
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The United States has blocked the import of goods suspected to have been made with forced labor from five countries, including clothing from China and diamonds from Zimbabwe, officials said on Tuesday following a rare crackdown on slave labor abroad.

The

London
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A new exhibition opened in London on Tuesday, seeking to overturn the popular stereotype of women who have survived modern slavery as "abstract victims" and instead capture the challenge of rebuilding their lives.

Syrian-born artist Sara Shamma worked with academics at King's College London

Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, currently serving a 10 year prison sentence in Tehran's notorious Evin prison for "acting against the national interest", has gone on a hunger strike in protest at his children being prevented from continuing their education.

UK-based religious freedom advocacy CSW report that Nadarkhani started the

Jakarta, Indonesia
Reuters

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has opened the door to holding talks with separatists in the restive easternmost region of Papua, a departure from the stance of previous governments and some of his cabinet ministers.

The offer, which drew a cautious response from Papuan leaders, comes

Via World Council of Churches

Ethiopians have celebrated the annual festival of the Meskel (which means “cross” in Amharic), marking the finding of the “true cross” on which Jesus Christ was supposedly crucified.

The festival is one of the major religious celebrations of the Orthodox Church in the

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Brazil is aiming to build a network of social workers nationwide to support people rescued from modern slavery, and help prevent would-be victims from being trafficked, a top prosecutor said.

The social workers would be primed to offer immediate post-rescue

London
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Almost six out of 10 global companies do not have an anti-sexual harassment policy two years after #MeToo went viral, a survey found on Tuesday, noting controversies in US tech firms.

With employees at Google, Facebook and Uber demanding action on sexual harassment, including

Hong Kong
Reuters

Hong Kong police shot a teenage protester on Tuesday, the first to be hit by live ammunition in almost four months of unrest in the Chinese-ruled city, amid violent clashes on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic.

Cat-and-mouse clashes spread from

Jerusalem is the UK's favourite hymn, according to a poll by the BBC's Songs of Praise .

Results of the poll, in which members of the public could choose from the 100 hymns that have featured most on the show over the past five years, were revealed on the show on

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