Barcelona, Spain
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Governments and health systems in wealthy nations are struggling to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, suggesting the poorest countries may be hit far harder if the virus gains a foothold there, a top UN official warned.

Mami Mizutori, head of the UN Office


Countries around the world on Saturday continued to close borders, impose strict entry and quarantine requirements and restrict large gatherings in efforts to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

Apple Inc said it will close all its retail stores worldwide, outside Greater China, until 27th March.

Christchurch, New Zealand

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during a news conference prior to the anniversary of the mosque attacks that took place the prior year in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 13th March. PICTURE: Reuters/Martin Hunter

New Zealand on Saturday


The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted day-to-day life for millions. In the US, colleges have shut down their campuses, major sporting events - like March Madness, baseball’s spring training, and the entire schedule of NBA games - have been cancelled or suspended, major conferences have been scrapped and

Madrid, Spain
Thomson Reuters Foundation

During her first job as a receptionist, Sara Garcia Antunez got a lot of unwanted attention from a postboy who began to stalk her online.

"This guy got obsessed with me and wouldn't leave me alone...he only knew my first and last name


A new website guiding churches and ministry leaders as they respond to the coronavirus pandemic was launched Thursday as a partnership between two Wheaton College institutions — the Billy Graham Center and the Humanitarian Disaster Institute — as well as Saddleback Church in California, led by pastor


Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday urged people not to gather in groups of more than 500 from Monday, but said he would still go to a weekend rugby game, as officials warned millions of residents would contract coronavirus within months.

Australia has recorded 156

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Washington, DC, Geneva, Switzerland

US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over the quickly spreading coronavirus on Friday, opening the door to more federal aid to combat a disease that has infected over 138,000 people worldwide and left more than 5,000 dead.

The impact

Christchurch, New Zealand


Aya al-Umari looks at the bunches of flowers and reads messages of support outside the Al Noor mosque, tributes left for the victims of the Christchurch shootings a year on from the attacks.

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Growing online abuse of women and girls is threatening global progress towards gender equality, the inventor of the web Tim Berners-Lee said on Thursday.

Berners-Lee, who invented the web in 1989, said he was "seriously concerned" about the impact of harassment and other

Bangkok, Thailand
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The rapid pace of deforestation, urbanisation and road building are major factors in the spread of infectious diseases across Asia, including the coronavirus, health and environment experts said on Wednesday.

Worldwide, more than 119,000 people have been infected by the COVID-19 coronavirus, which


A couple of weeks ago, Religion Communication Congress executive Shirley Struchen thought plans were set for the once-a-decade conference she had helped organise, just as she had two times before.

Some 250 people had registered for the meeting to be held next week - 17th to 21st

Kuala Lumpur
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A rising number of young men in Australia are falling victim to online "sextortion", the head of the country's internet safety agency has warned, bucking a global trend of primarily targeting vulnerable women and girls.

Seven out of 10 victims of sextortion -

Phnom Penh, Vietnam
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Coronavirus travel restrictions have forced anti-trafficking groups to suspend rescue operations of Vietnamese and Cambodian "brides" from China, with some now in hiding having escaped the homes of men holding them against their will.

Over the past decade, tens of thousands of


A proposed plan to split the United Methodist Church is on its way to the denomination’s top court to decide whether the legislation that would implement it is constitutional.

If the Judicial Council rules the plan is constitutional, delegates could take up the proposal, called “A Protocol




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