Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Bangladesh must enforce its building code and safety regulations if it is to avoid more disasters like the fire that killed at least 70 people in a centuries-old neighbourhood of the capital this week, experts said.

The fire in Chawkbazar, a commercial region

Vatican City
RNS

On paper, “accountability” was the theme of the second day of the Vatican’s summit on clergy sexual abuse. In practice, that meant debating whether proposals designed to rein in bishops accused of abuse amount to, in the words of one churchman, “Caesar judging Caesar".

US

Thomson Reuters Foundation

India's Supreme Court has ordered the eviction of more than one million Indigenous people and others who live in forests, after the Federal Government failed to defend a law aimed at protecting their rights.

The top court's order, dated 13th February and delivered in written

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Americans use more toilet paper than anyone else in the world, helping destroy the habitats of native people who live where it is sourced and contributing to global warming, a research study said this week.

US consumers use roughly three rolls of toilet paper a

World Watch Monitor

One year since the Christian teenager Leah Sharibu was abducted from her boarding school in north-eastern Nigeria by an Islamist group, a coalition of groups have called on presidential candidates to tell Nigerians how they plan to secure her release.

“We are urging the political parties and

Thomson Reuters Foundation

More than 2,500 foreign children living in harsh conditions in Syrian camps should be repatriated with their families to their countries of origin, Save the Children said on Thursday.

The children, with nationalities from 30 countries including France, Germany, the United States and

Vatican City
RNS

Pope Francis on Thursday opened a highly anticipated four-day meeting on his church’s ongoing sex abuse crisis by calling on the assembled bishops and other Catholic leaders to “hear the cry of the little ones who plead for justice” and be “concrete.”

“The holy People of

London
RNS

The Church of England’s most senior leaders are expected to rebuke Britain’s political leaders over their handling of Brexit at the church’s General Synod this week.

In a special motion at synod, just weeks before the Brexit deadline, the archbishops of Canterbury and York will urge

Thomson Reuters Foundation

A rising number of Cambodian women are being sold as brides in China but complaints and convictions are on the decline with many victims refusing to speak out because their families are colluding with trafficking rings, a regional police chief said.

Thousands of Cambodian women

A Christian women's prayer meeting was disrupted in India on Sunday when a mob of Hindu hardliners verbally abused them and threatened to attack them if they meet again for prayer, sources have told religious freedom advocacy CSW.

About 30 women were at the meeting held in a

Thomson Reuters Foundation

When jihadists on motorbikes surrounded a village in Mali’s Toubakoro commune last October, a US aid group helping local farmers improve their incomes found itself in a bind.

After their one staff member left the area for security reasons, reporting on the project’s progress to

The Hague, The Netherlands
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Climate change threats - from worsening water shortages in Iraq and Pakistan to harsher hurricanes in the Caribbean - are a growing security risk and require concerted action to ensure they don't spark new violence, security experts warned Tuesday.

"Climate change

Gross human rights violations continue to take place amid renewed fighting in South Sudan, according to a new UN report.

In its third report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan found that the ongoing violence and human rights

A film depicting a woman – Petrunya – who breaks church and social traditions by grabbing a cross thrown by an Orthodox priest into an icy river in an Epiphany ritual meant for young men has been awarded the prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 69th Berlinale film festival

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