London, UK
Reuters

All the world's governments have fallen short on pledges made a decade ago to protect wildlife, though cases of conservation show that the destruction of nature can be slowed, and even reversed, according to a UN report published on Tuesday. 

The report outlined recommendations for

Barcelona, Spain
Thomson Reuters Foundation

As the coronavirus pandemic compounds worsening economic pressures from climate change impacts, small island developing nations on Monday appealed for international financial support to help them avert a looming debt crisis.

Ahead of this month's UN General Assembly, the Alliance of Small Island

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Australian scientists are using sniffer dogs to rescue koalas struggling to survive damaging bushfires as they try to avoid a repeat of last year's high death count of the native animals.

Led by Bear, a border collie and Australian cattle dog cross, Detection Dogs

United Nations
Reuters

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will use his annual address to world leaders next week to push for a global ceasefire until the end of 2020 so countries can fight the coronavirus pandemic, but he said opportunities will be lost because presidents and prime ministers are

Arctic Ocean/Buenos Aires, Argentina
Reuters

At the edge of the ice blanketing part of the Arctic Ocean, the ice on Monday looked sickly. Where thick sheets of ice once sat atop the water, now a layer of soft, spongey slush slid and bobbed atop the waves. 

From the

RNS

Charles Stanley doesn’t believe in retirement, he said.

But the influential pastor is stepping down from his role at First Baptist Church Atlanta after more than 50 years.

Pastor Charles Stanley preaches. PICTURE: Video screengrab via In Touch Ministries

“As much as I love

RNS

Leaders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the pastor of an AME congregation in Wilmington, Delaware, are condemning a Trump-Pence campaign ad that uses footage of Joe Biden kneeling in the sanctuary of a Black church, describing it as racist and demanding an apology.

Rev

Kabul, Afghanistan
Reuters

Khan Agha has endured years of violence in Kunduz, but it was the Taliban's attack on the strategic city in north-eastern Afghanistan, as the government and insurgents were preparing for historic peace talks, that unnerved him.

"Like me, the majority of Kunduz residents are living

An English council has granted planning permission for the construction of a giant "prayer wall" near the city of Birmingham in the Midlands.

To be located near Coleshill on the outskirts of the city, the 'Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer' will stand 59 metres high - taller than the landmark

RNS

The Salvation Army is kicking off its annual red kettle campaign more than two months early this year in hopes of meeting an increased need for assistance during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Salvation Army recognises that there is literally a tsunami of human need in our country

Geneva/Zurich Switzerland
Reuters

The World Health Organization's emergencies chief said on Monday that we need to fundamentally rethink our relationship with the elderly after huge losses to COVID-19 in nursing homes across the world "robbed us of a generation of wisdom".

In a speech about the human rights

Jerusalem, Israel
AP

For the first time in more than a quarter-century, a US President will host a signing ceremony between Israelis and Arabs at the White House, billing it as an "historic breakthrough" in a region long known for its stubborn conflicts.

But while the optics of

Rome, Italy
AP

Pope Francis has formed an unusual partnership with the agnostic Italian founder of the Slow Food movement while doubling down on calls to protect the environment from profit-driven development that he says harms the world's poorest the most.

Francis on Saturday welcomed Carlo Petrini to

London, UK
Reuters

A collective failure by political leaders to heed warnings and prepare for an infectious disease pandemic has transformed "a world at risk" to a "world in disorder", according to a report on international epidemic preparedness.

"Financial and political investments in preparedness have been insufficient, and

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A harrowing storyline in the popular British soap opera EastEnders could save lives, as a mother is killed by her husband as she tries to flee her toxic marriage following lockdown, domestic abuse charities said.

Reports of domestic abuse have soared around the

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