More must be done to stop babies from dying the day they are born, UN agencies have said after a new report shows that while the number of under five deaths is at a new low globally, the proportion of newborn deaths has risen significantly in the past 16 years.

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Peace Cross, Bladensburg, Md. PICTURE: Wikimedia Commons

An old, rugged cross that has stood on public land in a Washington, DC, suburb for almost a century has been deemed unconstitutional by a federal court.

The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals

Anglicans in Melbourne have pleaded with Victorian State MPs not to pass legislation permitting medically assisted suicide.

State MPs, who have a conscience vote on the issue, are currently debating the Bill in State Parliament.

Meeting in St Paul's Cathedral in their annual synod on Thursday night, Anglicans in Melbourne

Four British missionaries were kidnapped in southern Nigeria last week, according to police.

A spokesman for the Delta state police force said authorities were attempting to rescue the four people who were taken by unidentified gunmen on 13th October, according to a report in The Guardian .

Those kidnapped

Three ancient pools - key sources of water for the Second Temple in Jerusalem - are to be restored in a US-funded project, it has been announced.

Known as Solomon's Pools, the reservoirs are located near Bethlehem in the West Bank and were built by Herod the Great about 2,000

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Sierra Leone will auction one of the world's largest diamonds to fund development projects in the impoverished community where it was found, the group managing the sale said on Tuesday.

The 709-carat gem, named the "peace diamond", was found in the eastern Kono region in

BosNewsLife

Rights activists have urged Egypt's government to increase the security of Christians and other minorities after a 50-year-old Coptic Orthodox priest from Upper Egypt was stabbed to death, and another was wounded by a suspected Islamic militant.

Fr Samaan Shahata Rizkallah was chased and repeatedly stabbed in the

World Watch Monitor

Christian returnees have lunch together in Bashiqa, August, 2017. PICTURE: World Watch Monitor

Christians who have returned to the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq, three years after fleeing Islamic State militants, are on high alert now Iraqi forces have retaken

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Global hunger has fallen more than a quarter since 2000, but conflict and climate shocks are beginning to reverse these gains, an annual global hunger index said on Thursday.

Nearly half of the 119 countries surveyed had "serious", "alarming" or "extremely alarming" hunger levels between

RNS/USA Today

The US Supreme Court dismissed a major challenge to President Trump's travel ban on majority-Muslim countries because it has been replaced by a new version, sending the controversy back to the starting block.

The ruling on Tuesday is a victory for the Trump administration, which had

World Watch Monitor

Slimane Bouhafs was sentenced to five years in prison for “blasphemous” comments on Facebook. PICTURE: World Watch Monitor

An Algerian court has rejected a parole application for Slimane Bouhafs, an Algerian Christian jailed for five years for blasphemy in September

RNS

Religion has long figured prominently into Kenyan politics. But the great lengths presidential candidates and their supporters have gone to connect themselves to the Bible and its heroes in the lead-up to this month's presidential election have disturbed many religious leaders and scholars.

Supporters of President Uhuru

World Watch Monitor

Eighteen months after Turkmenistan introduced a law requiring religious communities to re-register with the authorities, only two have done so - other applications have been rejected by the government because of “errors”, reports regional news agency Forum 18.

The two groups – both Protestant

World Watch Monitor

The US has announced it will lift economic sanctions on Sudan “in recognition of [its] positive actions” in fighting terrorism, expanding humanitarian access and reinforcing a cease-fire in conflict areas, but rights groups say the decision is premature as there has been little progress on

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Armed groups in Central African Republic are using rape and sexual slavery as weapons of war in an abuse that may amount to crimes against humanity, a rights group said last Thursday.

Thousands have died and a fifth of Central Africans have been uprooted in

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