Reuters

Asia surpassed 10 million infections of the new coronavirus on Saturday, the second-heaviest regional toll in the world, according to a Reuters tally, as cases continue to mount in India despite a slowdown and sharp declines elsewhere.

Behind only Latin America, Asia accounts for about one-fourth of

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

As climate change drives more disasters and displacement in the Pacific islands, Australia should relax its immigration policies to allow easier movement of people that would shore up regional security and support its economy, researchers said.

Allowing threatened islanders more opportunities to live

Rome, Italy
AP

The world premiere of a documentary on Pope Francis was supposed to have been a bright spot for a papacy locked down by a pandemic and besieged by a corruption scandal, recalling Francis’ glory days travelling the world to bless the oppressed.

But the red

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Defending human rights, a key mission of the United Nations, it seems, has never been harder.

A global pandemic has deepened inequality, pushed millions out of work and seen governments enforce restrictions on people's movement and ramp up surveillance.

Overview of

Washington DC, US
RNS

In an exclusive interview with Religion News Service, US President Donald Trump said in a written statement that he no longer identifies as a Presbyterian and now sees himself as a non-denominational Christian.

“Though I was confirmed at a Presbyterian church as a

Canberra, Australia
AP

Pope Francis has been warned of potential exposure to COVID-19 after a Vatican diplomat was infected, Australian media reported on Friday.

Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, the Holy See’s ambassador to Australia, had a face-to-face meeting with Francis at the Vatican on 6th October, less than

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

The world is now at a critical juncture in the COVID-19 pandemic and some countries are on a dangerous path, facing the prospect of health services collapsing under the strain, the head of the World Health Organization said on Friday.

"We are at a critical

Tirana, Albania
AP

The Albanian Parliament on Thursday passed a resolution joining global efforts to combat anti-Semitism.

The parliament unanimously voted to approve the definition of anti-Semitism from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, becoming the second majority-Muslim country to adopt it after Kosovo.

The definition describes hate speech

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Police in the Australian state of Victoria said they were not conducting any further investigation into a transfer of monies from the Vatican to Australia that they were alerted to by the financial crimes watchdog.

Victoria Police said in a statement that the Australian

Thomson Reuters Foundation

As the frequency and ferocity of extreme weather events from wildfires to floods grows, the US public is becoming more concerned and ready to act on climate threats, former US Vice President Al Gore said. 

"The world, and the United States, are crossing the political

Chennai, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

From unpaid overtime to wage cuts, Indian garment workers say they are being made to compensate their bosses for the food, shelter and salary provided in the coronavirus lockdown.

But it is a steep price for a workforce that was already juggling

Kabul, Afghanistan
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Kabul is evicting thousands of roadside vendors, destroying pushcarts and removing hoardings as part of an ambitious drive to instill "urban discipline" in the chaotic Afghan capital.

Since Saturday, armed police and city authorities have removed thousands of merchants who crowd the narrow

Sao Paulo, Brazil
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Alessandra Munduruku, a leader of Brazil's Munduruku Indigenous community, has seen her home broken into and been threatened over her work defending her people and their Amazon land from illegal miners and loggers, hydropower plants and other threats.

On Thursday, the 36-year-old received the 

Dakar, Senegal
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Britain has banned sexual relations between government staff giving aid and people receiving it, as lawmakers seek to stamp out abuse in the aid sector following a string of sex scandals.

Britain's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has also banned staff exchanging money

Vatican City
AP

Questions swirled Thursday about the origins of Pope Francis’ bombshell comments endorsing same-sex civil unions, with all evidence suggesting he made them in a 2019 interview that was never broadcast in its entirety.

The Vatican refused to comment on whether it cut the remarks from

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