London, UK

The British Government pushed ahead with plans to offer an amnesty to former soldiers and individuals involved in decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland as victims say the new law will deprive them of justice.

Unresolved crimes from Northern Ireland's three decades of confrontation


Bishop Mildred “Bonnie” Hines, the first female bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, has died at age 67.

“We are sad because we will miss her powerful preaching, her electrifying teaching, her dynamic leadership, and her loving spirit,” stated the board of bishops in

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Tuesday he will present an interim budget within six weeks, slashing infrastructure projects to re-route funds into a two-year relief program for the crisis-hit island nation.

Wickremesinghe, who took office two weeks ago, warned that

Beijing, China

China on Tuesday said the US, Britain and other foreign powers are seeking to sabotage its foreign relations by orchestrating criticism surrounding a trip by the top United Nations official for human rights.

China has long held back the fact-finding mission led by Michelle

Kyiv, Ukraine

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine is seeking permission from the government to take over a building on the grounds of a historic monastery in Kyiv, a move likely to widen a rift with a separate Ukrainian church that adheres to Moscow.

The sprawling Kyiv Pechersk

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United States

At 19 students and a teacher have been killed at an elementary school in Texas.

The shooting occurred at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, about 135 kilometres west of San Antonio. The shooter, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos from Uvalde, is believed to have been

Skopje, North Macedonia

The head of Serbia's Orthodox Church said Tuesday that he would recognise the full independence of the church in neighbouring North Macedonia, signaling an end to a decades-old religious dispute.

The Macedonian Church unilaterally announced its independence, or autocephaly, from the Serbian Church

United States

Top administrative leaders for the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in America, said Tuesday that they will release a secret list of hundreds of pastors and other church-affiliated personnel accused of sexual abuse.

An attorney for the SBC's Executive Committee announced the decision

Vatican City

Pope Francis on Tuesday named a bishop in his own image, Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, as the new head of the Italian bishops conference, as the Italian Catholic Church comes under mounting pressure to confront its legacy of clerical sexual abuse with an independent inquiry.


Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong's Cardinal Joseph Zen - in his first public remarks since he was arrested in a national security case earlier this month - on Tuesday criticised the Vatican for its "unwise" deal with China that is due for renewal in September.

Zen, a


Russia's defence minister has proposed that 18th-century tsarist general Alexander Suvorov, revered for repelling Turkish attacks against Crimea and crushing a revolutionary movement in Poland, be made a saint in the Russian Orthodox Church.

The proposal comes as Russia marks three months since it sent its armed

Davos, Switzerland

A growing world food crisis is precipitating protectionist moves by countries which are likely to compound the problem and could lead to a wider trade war, business leaders and policymakers at the World Economic Forum said.

In a sign of the escalating squeeze on

Kyiv/Sloyvansk, Ukraine

Russian forces waged an all-out assault on Tuesday to encircle Ukrainian troops in twin cities straddling a river in eastern Ukraine, a battle which could determine the success or failure of Moscow's main campaign in the east.

Exactly three months after President Vladimir Putin

Hong Kong, China

Former Hong Kong Catholic leader Cardinal Joseph Zen and five others have denied charges for allegedly failing to register a relief fund aimed at financially assisting protesters who faced legal costs during the 2019 anti-government protests.

The six, which also include singer Denise Ho and

Beijing, China

China's foreign minister met with the UN's top human rights official on her visit to the country and shared with her that China opposes “politicising” human rights and imposing double standards, its foreign ministry said.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Michelle Bachelet in the

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