Seattle, US
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Native Americans slammed a decision by the US Government to revoke a tribe's reservation status, which they warned would leave them without control over their land and place them at increased risk during the coronavirus pandemic.

The US Bureau of Indian Affairs told

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing the risks of allowing Africa's swelling ranks of city dwellers to crowd into slums without proper access to water, sewers, transport and other public services, urban experts have warned.

Not a single African city ranks in

Mumbai/Chennai, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Indian businessman Shishpal Singh was still stirring vegetables and rice at his Mumbai apartment block when migrant workers laid off in the coronavirus lockdown began queueing nearby, desperate for a hot meal.

The men had travelled to the western city from the

RNS

They live secluded lives in a stone abbey near a privately owned forest in a rural part of eastern Iowa in the US.

But the Trappist monks of New Melleray Abbey are not closed off from the world’s troubles.

Monks make cremation urns at

Geneva, Switzerland/Washington DC, US
Reuters

The World Health Organization on Friday said that medical masks should be prioritised for health workers, but it opened the door to greater public use of homemade masks or other mouth coverings as a way to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

A

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

As many as 10 million people globally may have been infected by the new coronavirus, Australia's chief medical officer said on Friday, with the under-reporting due to a lack of testing in some countries for the highly contagious respiratory disease.

A Reuters tally of offical

Rome, Italy
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Countries with large populations and low levels of development are most likely to see a rise in the risk of armed conflict after extreme weather events, according to a new study that researchers said underscored the need to boost their resilience.

Almost one

Kabul, Afghanistan
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Afghanistan's "fragile gains" in women's rights are at risk unless women play a key role in peace talks with the Taliban, one of the few female members of the government's negotiating team has said.

Lawmaker Fawzia Koofi, a vocal critic of the Taliban,

Tbilisi, Georgia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Digital surveillance rolled out to curb coronavirus should be limited in time and scope, more than 100 rights groups said on Thursday, warning governments not to use the crisis as cover for pervasive snooping.

From facial recognition to phone tracking, governments are turning

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A record 10,627 suspected slaves were referred to the British government for help in 2019, official data showed on Thursday, up by 52 per cent in a year, amid fears coronavirus will worsen abuse. 

Anti-slavery groups called for more action to help people

Vatican City
RNS

Positive coronavirus cases have started to grow in Italy’s very religious south, where high levels of unemployment and organized crime complicate the application of stringent rules to prevent the spread of the pandemic. In some southern cities, fights have started to break out and people

RNS

The FBI released a warning last week about a potential surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans amid the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Michelle Ami Reyes was not surprised. 

Reyes told Religion News Service that she knows people from her church in Austin, Texas, who

Updated 9.30am
Reuters

Global coronavirus cases surpassed one million on Thursday with more than 51,000 deaths as the pandemic further exploded in the United States and the death toll climbed in Spain and Italy, according to a tally by a US university.

Italy had the most deaths, more

Mumbai, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

No food, no work and no clue when relief will come.

That's life now for millions of informal workers in India, starved of a way to feed themselves or get the help pledged by government to survive a three-week coronavirus lockdown.

Melbourne, Australia
Reuters

Ex-Vatican treasurer George Pell will learn on 7th April whether he can walk free from jail, when Australia's highest court hands down its judgement on his appeal against historical child sex offences.

The decision will likely bring to an end the long-running prosecution of the

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