Updated: 11am, 17th January, 2021
Mamuju, Indonesia
AP

Damaged roads and bridges, power blackouts and lack of heavy equipment on Saturday hampered rescuers after a strong earthquake left at least 49 people dead and hundreds injured on Indonesia's Sulawesi island. 

Operations were focused on about eight locations in

Johannesburg, South Africa
Thomson Reuters Foundation

From growing vegetables to spending more time with their children, women's quality of life improved drastically after piped water was installed near their homes in rural Zambia, Stanford University researchers said on Thursday.

In a study involving 434 households in four Zambian

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Some of the largest wildfires in Colorado's history left atmospheric chemist Emily Fischer and her two young daughters breathing in smoke for nearly two months last year.

"It really rattled me," the Colorado State University climate scientist admitted this week.

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RNS

The March for Life is going virtual this year.

The move online comes as the COVID-19 pandemic "may be peaking" and amid the "heightened pressures that law enforcement officers and others are currently facing in and around the Capitol," according to a statement posted Friday on the March

Barcelona, Spain
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Spending to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic will determine whether countries are better able to adapt to more extreme weather and rising seas as the planet warms - a challenge they have failed to meet so far, top UN officials said this week.

RNS

Joanne Rogers, the widow of the star of the children’s programme Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood , died at the age of 92 on Thursday.

“Fred Rogers Productions is deeply saddened by the passing of Joanne Rogers,” the organisation whose board she chaired after the death of Fred Rogers

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

British pharmacies launched a codeword this week to tackle a feared spike in domestic violence during lockdown, telling victims to "ask for ANI" at the counter to secretly summon help.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the initiative, supported by more than 2,500

Bangkok, Thailand
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Global brands and small firms are providing aid to migrant workers in Thailand after a jump in coronavirus cases, a move backed by activist groups on Thursday who urged businesses to help pay for testing and access healthcare.

In Samut Sakhon, a province

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Just 100 companies account for most of the profits from the world's seas, researchers said on Wednesday, calling on them to help save the oceans from over-fishing, rising temperatures and pollution.

Together, the companies generated $US1.1 trillion in revenues in 2018, or about 60

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The world has lost tropical forest equivalent to the size of California over a 13-year period, green group WWF said this week, calling for COVID-19 recovery plans to revitalise conservation efforts.

In a new report, WWF analysed 24 deforestation hotspots across Asia,

Thomson Reuters Foundation

The United States must do more to prevent forced labour and exploitation in the global supply chains of US companies, current and former anti-trafficking ambassadors said on Wednesday, days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

Holding companies liable for child labour committed overseas and compelling

Washington DC, US
RNS

Rev Silvester S Beaman, pastor of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilmington, Delaware, a predominantly Black church, will deliver the benediction at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Beaman, who has known the Biden family for nearly 30 years, is considered a

RNS

An Israeli Government initiative to help vaccinate Holocaust survivors worldwide against COVID-19 is drawing praise for its intentions, but also scepticism.

The initiative, announced by Diaspora Affairs Minister Omer Yankelevich on Tuesday, seeks to vaccinate the estimated 200,000 Holocaust survivors who live outside of Israel. The vast

Houston, US
AP

A former Houston megachurch pastor who once was an adviser to presidents has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for his part in a multi-million dollar fraud scheme. 

"They trusted me with their money, and I abused that trust,” Kirbyjon Caldwell, former pastor

Los Angeles
RNS

At a virtual news conference on Wednesday, Rev Stephen "Cue" Jn-Marie of the advocacy group Clergy for Black Lives condemned a pair of Los Angeles homeless outreach events on 30th and 31st December by a group of conservative Christians led by musician Sean Feucht.

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