New York, US
Reuters

A statue honouring African American tennis trailblazer Althea Gibson was unveiled on the opening day of the US Open last week. 

The granite monument sits outside Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

A new statue

Reuters

Facebook Inc is tightening its political ad rules in the United States, it said last week, requiring new disclosures for its site and photo-sharing platform Instagram ahead of the US presidential election in November, 2020.

The social media giant is introducing a "confirmed organisation" label for US

Antananarivo, Madagascar
Reuters

Three times a year, Father Pedro Opeka celebrates Mass in a vast grey quarry in the hills above Madagascar's capital. This week, he will welcome his old teacher, Pope Francis, to see the chiselled granite altar from where he ministers.

Opeka studied theology under

Jos, Nigeria
Morning Star News

More than a month after an aid worker indicated in a video that kidnapped Christian teenager Leah Sharibu had been killed, a government official in Nigeria on Saturday said she was alive.

Citing intelligence from security agencies, presidential spokesman Garba Shehu released a

Porto Velho, Brazil
Thomson Reuters Foundation

When Maria Augusta Almeida, 45, heard her grandson cough incessantly, she knew what was to blame: the fires raging in the Amazon forest, some of them more than 322 kilometres away from Porto Velho.

The smoke permeating the city, the capital of

Ecumenical dialogues are both a "dialogue of truth" and a "dialogue of love", the head of the World Council of Churches told the 25th Pentecostal World Conference meeting in Canada last week.

Speaking as a panellist during a workshop looking at "Pentecostals and Christian unity", Rev Dr Olav Fykse

Stockholm, Sweden
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The world's seas are increasingly threatened by global warming, acidification and pollution, making it crucial to agree on a global treaty to protect them, the UN oceans envoy said.

Peter Thomson warned in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation that the oceans

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Replanted forests and those left to recover after logging activities can preserve vital insect and plant life in a similar way to old-growth forests, scientists have found, as interest grows in expanding the world's forests to curb climate change.

A 13-year study

Reuters

Thousands of protesters blocked roads and public transport links to Hong Kong airport on Sunday in a bid to draw world attention to their fight for democracy for the Chinese-ruled city which is facing its biggest political crisis in decades.

Planes were taking off and landing, with

The South Sudan Council of Churches, an ecumenical body of seven members and two associate members, held its first general assembly since the independence of the largely Christian and animist country in 2011.

Delegates from churches, guests and observers converged at the capital Juba from 26th to 29th August under

Stockholm, Sweden
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Indigenous peoples from the Amazon to the Arctic are being left out of the global conversation on water property rights, a United Nations' Indigenous rights expert warned last week.

Speaking on the sidelines of an international conference on water in Stockholm, special rapporteur

Kathmanudu, Nepal
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Nepal on Thursday rejected a United Nations call to compensate an Indigenous man it said was forced to work as a child then tortured by police on escape, since he had not exhausted the legal avenues for redress.

The UN Human Rights Committee,

Rome, Italy
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The world must act now to avoid conflict over food, land and water spreading from hot spots such as Syria to power centres like London and New York, according to a top science writer.

Julian Cribb, an award-winning Australian journalist, called for an

Bangkok, Thailand
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Thousands of Indigenous people may be uprooted from their ancestral lands on Borneo island as large areas of forests are cleared to make way for Indonesia's new capital, human rights groups said last week.

President Joko Widodo said this week the new capital

Hong Kong
Reuters

Thousands marched peacefully in Hong Kong on Saturday in pouring rain, the latest of a series of anti-government protests that have plunged the Chinese-ruled city into its worst political crisis in decades.

Police blocked plans for a mass show of force downtown to mark the

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