Nairobi, Kenya
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African nations such as Somalia may be perceived as conflict-ridden and risky for business but "fragile states" can be an untapped opportunity for social enterprises that are flexible and think out-of-the-box, said industry experts.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development lists 58 countries

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Donor pledges of $US2.6 billion for Yemen fell "a long way" short of $US4.2 billion requested by the United Nations on Tuesday for the world's worst humanitarian crisis, aid agencies said.

Aid agencies, including Save the Children and Oxfam, called for a ceasefire to help

RNS

A Southern Baptist working group urged a cautious approach in investigating churches linked to allegations of sex abuse but has agreed that three of 10 churches named by Southern Baptist Convention President JD Greear in a report about sex abuse last week should be investigated.

In the

World Watch Monitor

As the leaders of North Korea and the United States are scheduled to meet in Vietnam for a second round of denuclearisation talks, North Koreans continue to flee human rights abuses and increasing food shortages.

As with the first round of talks, the conditions that

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Modern slavery victims should not fear Australian authorities despite a major crackdown on unscrupulous labour brokers who exploit foreign workers, a senior official for the country's border force said on Tuesday.

Dozens of people have been detained or deported following raids by the Australian Border

Melbourne, Australia
Reuters

Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty on five charges of child sexual abuse committed more than two decades ago against 13-year-old boys in Australia - the most senior Catholic cleric to be convicted of child sex offences.

The guilty verdict was made

St Louis, US
RNS

In a surprise, the plan recommended by the United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops was rejected Monday by the denomination’s decision-making body.

The so-called One Church Plan did not pass out of General Conference’s Legislative Committee to be considered by delegates Tuesday during the

World Watch Monitor

Tajik authorities implementing a new religion law are barring children from attending religious services and have burned thousands of calendars with Bible verses.

Amendments to Tajikistan’s Religion Law came into force in January last year, giving the state greater control over religious education, and increasing the amount

Bangkok, Thailand
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India's forest-dependent communities are to petition and protest against a court order to evict more than one million Indigenous people whose land claims were rejected, land rights campaigners said on Monday.

Earlier this month, India's Supreme Court asked officials in nearly two dozen

Sao Paolo, Brazil
RNS

While the Vatican’s synod on clergy sexual abuse has grabbed headlines in much of the world, another meeting of bishops, slated for October 2019, is already making news here, with some in the administration of Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, reportedly calling the synod

Australia Catholic Cardinal George Pell, on leave from his role as Vatican treasurer, has been found guilty of sexual offences against two 13-year-old boys in the mid-1990s.

Pell has been found guilty of one charge of sexual penetration of a child under the age of 16 and of four charges

The Red Cross and UN have issued a joint appeal for nations to take greater action to end the use of sexual violence in conflicts and provide more aid to victims.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the world was growing "ever more aware of the ubiquity of conflict-related sexual and

St Louis, US
RNS

Delegates to a special session of the United Methodist Church decided on Sunday to start deliberations over the denomination’s future by talking about money.

Then they will talk about sex.

Rev Austin Adkinson, right, and members of the Queer Clergy

Thomson Reuters Foundation

The future of food supplies is under "severe threat" because of the number of animal and plant species fast disappearing, a United Nations report said on Friday, as the world grapples with how to feed a growing population.

People are depending on fewer species for

The number of Venezuelan refugees and migrants who have left the country has now reached 3.4 million, according to UN data which also shows the vast majority of them - some 2.7 million - are being hosted in other nations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The data - gathered

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