Taylor University President Paul Lowell Haines has resigned from the nondenominational Christian university a month after hosting Vice President Mike Pence as commencement speaker.

Taylor’s board of trustees announced Haines’ resignation Monday, noting in a press release on the school website his departure was neither solicited

Rome, Italy

Venice should be put on the United Nations' list of endangered cities and cruise ships should be banned from its fragile lagoon to prevent an ecological disaster, Italy's main conservation group said on Monday.

The call came less than a month after a towering cruise

New York City, US
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Virtual reality simulations work better than traditional alerts in motivating people to evacuate ahead of hurricanes, researchers said last week, part of efforts to improve alert methods as the risk of extreme weather increases.

Typically utilising headsets for viewers to look

Australian Christian leaders are among more than 150 faith leaders who have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison calling for him to make "addressing the problem of climate change your number one priority".

Organised by the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, the letter - which was

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British retail bank HSBC UK launched a scheme on Monday to help victims of modern slavery and human trafficking in Britain "rebuild their lives" by giving them access to bank accounts.

The bank, part of the London-listed global finance group , said it had

The Australian Christian Lobby has kicked off a new effort aimed at raising funds to support sacked Australian rugby fullback Israel Folau in his dispute with Rugby Australia with $A100,000 donation.

The move comes after fundraising platform GoFundMe shut down a page which had already raised more than


The first stage of President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan will be launched in Bahrain on Tuesday at a conference the White House touts as a bid to drum up $US50 billion in investment but which Palestinians deride as an "economy first" approach doomed

Geneva, Switzerland

The Marshall Islands is literally struggling to stay above water but its President Hilda Heine told Reuters she had saved her breath rather than try to persuade US President Donald Trump to hear its climate change message. 

Heine met Trump at the White House

Bangkok, Thailand
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Land titles of farmers who kill themselves in an Indian state will be given to their widows, according to a government order, granting inheritance equality in a nation where their property rights are often denied.

A Maharashtra State Government order issued last

The South Sudan Council of Churches has denounced the stigmatisation of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in the strife-torn African nation.

In a statement released last week to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, the council condemned sexual violence as "one of the

Dakar, Senegal and Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Niger and Nigeria have improved their efforts to fight human trafficking, but still do not meet the minimum standards required, the US Government said last week in its closely watched annual assessment of how countries are performing.

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Melbourne, Australia

Sacked Australia fullback Israel Folau's crowdfunding campaign to raise money to fight his termination has been shut down by the GoFundMe platform, with more than $A750,000 to be refunded to thousands of donors.

Folau launched his GoFundMe page on Friday, appealing for $A3

Beed, India
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Residents of the drought-hit Indian village of Salegaon are so desperate for water they have started lining up their pots two days before the tanker is due to arrive.

When it does, the neatly lined up pots go flying as the villagers rush

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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China rescued more than 1,100 women trafficked into the country, many of them sold as brides, in a joint operation with South-East Asian countries, police said in a statement on Friday.

Seventeen children were among those rescued in raids carried out with


If US President Donald Trump gets his way, reading the Bible in the US could get more expensive.

The parent company of the two largest Bible publishers in the United States has warned the Trump administration that proposed tariffs on China would amount to a “Bible tax.”




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