Nairobi, Kenya
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Countries are rapidly developing "killer robots" - machines with artificial intelligence that independently kill - but are moving at a snail's pace on agreeing global rules over their use in future wars, warn technology and human rights experts.

From drones and missiles to

Agoncillo, Philippines
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Thousands of residents under orders to evacuate from a town near the Philippine volcano Taal were allowed to briefly visit homes on Friday to rescue their animals and recover some possessions, taking advantage of what appeared to be waning activity.

Daniel Reyes, mayor of the

Rome, Italy
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In the biggest shakeup of British farming for 70 years, the government on Thursday proposed rewarding farmers who protect the environment, rather than just paying them to own land.

The bill would "transform British farming, enabling a balance between food production and the

RNS

For Rev Alvin Herring, executive director of the congregation-based organising network Faith in Action, wearing a clerical collar is about more than appearances. It prepares him for the task of making social change.

“I consider this my uniform,” Herring said, gesturing toward his white collar as

Bangkok, Thailand
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A deadly land dispute in Vietnam has led to a crackdown on social media posts, a sign of growing heavy-handedness by authorities as rising demand for land spurs more conflicts across the country, analysts and human rights activists said.

Four people were killed

Washington DC, US
RNS

President Donald Trump, surrounded by schoolchildren of a variety of faiths, has announced what he called “historic steps to protect the First Amendment right to pray in the public schools.”

Within hours of senators being sworn in for Trump’s pending impeachment trial, the President

Vatcian City
RNS

When John Lennon wrote his hit song Imagine , eliminating religions and the divisions they entail was in his view a necessary condition for “living life in peace.” A meeting of religious representatives in Rome this week made the case for shifting that paradigm.

The Abrahamic

Melbourne, Australia
Reuters

Australia's peak tourism body estimated the country's bushfire crisis has so far cost the industry almost $A1 billion and called for urgent help from the government to lure back visitors.

Industry bosses were due to meet with Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham later on Thursday

Moscow, Russia
Reuters

The Russian parliament overwhelmingly backed President Vladimir Putin's surprise choice for prime minister on Thursday after what one daily called a "January revolution", a major political overhaul that some say could set Putin up as leader for life.

The State Duma, the lower house of

Dakar, Senegal
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Hundreds of migrants returned to Libya this month are at high risk of human trafficking as worsening violence is allowing criminal gangs to thrive, according to the United Nations.

At least 953 migrants headed for Europe were picked up in the Mediterranean and

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London, UK
Reuters

Climate change and environmental destruction top the risks highlighted by world decision-makers in a survey ahead of the 2020 gathering of the global elite in the Swiss ski resort of Davos.

For the first time the annual risk report, compiled by the

New York City, US
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Women's rights at work have improved globally since 2017, the World Bank said this week, with 40 countries introducing rules such as longer paid maternity leave and protection from violence on the job. 

Saudi Arabia made the biggest improvement globally, enacting

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

Last year was the second-hottest year since records began, the World Meteorological Organization said on Wednesday, adding that heat was likely to lead to more extreme weather events like the Australian bushfires in 2020 and beyond.

The figures from the Geneva-based WMO crunches several datasets

RNS

A federal judge in Maryland has blocked US President Donald Trump’s recent executive order allowing state and local officials to refuse refugee resettlement.

The preliminary injunction is part of HIAS v Trump, a lawsuit by three faith-based organisations against the US Government over the order.

Los Angeles, US
RNS

To Cyntoia Brown-Long, it's not just the unborn who need protection and respect, but also the marginalised and forgotten.

Since her much-publicized release in August from the Tennessee Prison for Women, where she had been serving a life sentence for killing a man who

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