Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Singapore became the latest city to target electronic scooters on Tuesday, when a ban on riding the devices loved by commuters but loathed by pedestrians took effect.

E-scooters have become a common sight on city streets from Berlin to Paris, but they


A New Zealand estate planning company, which made headlines when it trialled a four-day week last year, has seen a big productivity increase since it made the change permanent, with staff spending less time surfing the internet.

Perpetual Guardian tried cutting working hours to 30 from 37.5

Juba, South Sudan
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In another sign that Islamist elements hostile to Christianity in Sudan could be reined in, the Minister of Religious Affairs has reiterated that Christian properties confiscated under the previous regime would be returned.

Acknowledging that Christians were persecuted and endured “very bad

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Europe must press Brazil to end killings of Indigenous people by refusing to sign off on a major trade deal, a community leader said on Monday after a young member of the country's protected Guajajara tribe was shot dead by illegal

The World Council of Churches has denounced the use of "excessive violence" by security forces in Iraq against anti-government protestors following the deaths of hundreds over the past month.

Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the WCC, addressed the escalating violence in the nation in comments

Vatican City

In a book of interviews published Tuesday, Pope Francis discussed his vision for a missionary church and criticised groups that discriminate against other cultures and view them as unworthy of receiving the Gospel.

“There are circles and sectors that present themselves as  ilustrados  (enlightened) - they sequester

Nairobi, Kenya
Thomson Reuters Foundation

More than 21,500 Kenyans die each year from cooking with traditional fuels like charcoal and firewood, new government data showed on Tuesday, as authorities pledged to meet a global goal of universal access to clean cooking energy by 2030.

The health risks were

Washington DC, US

The Trump administration said on Monday it filed paperwork to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, the first formal step in a one-year process to exit the global pact to fight climate change.

The move is part of a broader strategy by

Nairobi, Kenya
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The results of Kenya's first census to recognise intersex people are a "big win" for their rights, campaigners said as the data was released on Monday, expressing hopes it would lead to more progressive policies.

Kenya became the first African nation and one

US Christian leaders ranging from Southern Baptist Convention President DJ Greear to Sojourner's founder Jim Wallis and Bill Johnson, senior leader at Bethel Church in Redding, California, appear in a new series of prayer videos released by persecuted church advocacy Open Doors.

The videos feature the leaders praying for

The dean of theology and religion at South Africa's University of Pretoria and a director of an English ecumenical organisation have been named as the two candidates to replace Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit as the next general secretary of the World Council of Churches.


There are seven more months before the next annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. 

But the race for SBC president may already be over, following news that R Albert Mohler, Jr, will likely be nominated to run as the denomination’s next president.



Former pastor and radio preacher James MacDonald is no longer fit for ministry, said the elders of Harvest Bible Chapel, the megachurch MacDonald founded in the Chicago suburbs in 1988.

In a statement released on Sunday, the church elders found MacDonald was prone to anger, “had a

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Tens of thousands of garment workers in Cambodia could face exploitation if proposed EU trade sanctions cause major fashion brands to downsize there, labour rights activists have warned.

The garment industry is Cambodia's largest employer and generates $US7 billion annually, but it


The heaviest rains in years have fallen across parts of Australia's east coast, bringing relief to some struggling livestock farmers, although the showers are not likely to break a drought that has crippled the country's grains sector. 

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said some parts of the




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