World Vision Australia is among a coalition of NGOs calling on the Australian Government to significantly increase the country's annual humanitarian refugee intake and offer more children protection, to ban immigration detention of children and to ensure families are kept together where-ever possible.

They are among a raft of demands

The World Council of Churches has welcomed the formal opening of a treaty to ban nuclear weapons for countries to sign and expressed thanksgiving for the 50 states which have already done so.

The historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was formally opened for signatures on

Updated: 10am 21st September, 2017

The death toll in the wake of a magnitude 7.1 earthquake which struck in central Mexico on Tuesday has risen to at least 230.

The earthquake, which struck at about 1.14pm local time - on the 32nd anniversary of a massive 1985 quake in which thousands

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Pastor Joel Osteen gives an interview at his Lakewood Church in Houston on 29th August. Osteen and his congregation have set up their church as a shelter for evacuees from the flooding by Tropical Storm Harvey. PICTURE: AP Photo/LM Otero

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Catholic Filipino priest Teresito “Chito” Suganob is finally free, having been held hostage by Islamic State-linked militants for almost four months in the war-torn city of Marawi.

According to  The New York Times , the priest was rescued late on Saturday by the Philippines military, as it moved

Christian Solidarity Worldwide have urged the United Nations to take immediate action to stop what it describes as the Myanmar military's "campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people".

In a statement to the UN Human Rights Council, the UK-based religious freedom and human rights organisation called for

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Oxfam employees in front of President Donald Trump's childhood home in New York. PICTURE: Chris Gregory/Oxfam America.

A group of refugees stayed at US President Donald Trump's childhood home in New York over the weekend as part of a stunt

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A Pakistani Christian has been sentenced to death by a court in eastern Pakistan for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad in text messages, a human rights official, and his lawyer said.

Nadeem James, 35, was detained in July, 2016, on charges of "blasphemy" when a friend

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Nabeel Qureshi. PICTURE: McClure/Muntsinger Public Relations

Nabeel Qureshi, an author and apologist who wrote about his conversion from Islam to Christianity in several best-selling books, has died. He was 34.

Dr Qureshi died on Saturday after a yearlong public battle with

World Watch Monitor

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) – and by virtue so too the International Olympic Committee – has come under fierce criticism for allowing Turkmenistan to stage the fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, beginning on 17th September in Ashgabat, while making “no visible

World Watch Monitor

In a strongly worded open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) called on him to intervene and “curb the spread of hate created by the BJP chief minister” of Jharkhand state.

The letter follows the burning

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A record number of people - more than 1.1 million - have been uprooted in Central African Republic by spiralling violence between armed groups which threatens to plunge the country back into full-blown conflict, the United Nations said on Friday.

A surge in militia fighting

Campaigns for both the 'no' and 'yes' votes in the upcoming voluntary postal survey on same-sex marriage were officially launched in Australia over the weekend.

On Saturday night, the 'no' vote campaign was launched at Darling Harbour in Sydney with speakers including Turnbull Government Senator Matthew Canavan, Senator Cory Bernardi

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Global hunger levels have risen for the first time in more than a decade, now affecting 11 per cent of the world's population, as conflict, climate change and economic woes bite, UN agencies said on Friday.

Last year, 815 million people were hungry - 38

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