New York City, US
AP

A group of faith leaders from all 50 states is urging the Senate to bolster its next pandemic relief bill with a multibillion-dollar investment in the global response to the coronavirus - a call they connect to “the enduring values of our country".

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Bangladesh has improved its efforts to combat human trafficking but must do more to increase convictions and investigate cases involving Rohingyas, according to the US Government's annual report ranking countries on their anti-trafficking standards.

The State Department upgraded the South Asian nation in

Mexico City, Mexico
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Global protests about racism and police brutality should act as a wake-up call to the anti-human trafficking movement over the approach of law enforcement, treatment of Black victims and a lack of racial diversity, academics and activists said.

The legacy of 'white

New York City, US
Thomson Reuters Foundation

As officials mull steps to tackle police brutality and racism, California's Santa Cruz has become the first US city to ban predictive policing, which digital rights experts said could spark similar moves across the country.

"Understanding how predictive policing and facial

Jackson, Mississippi, US
AP

University coaches and Christian ministers filled the Mississippi Capitol on Thursday, urging legislators to seize the moment and remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag while Americans are reckoning with difficult discussions about race and history.

“It doesn’t take courage. It takes

New York City, US
AP

US Roman Catholic bishops said Thursday that the church tallied 4,434 sex abuse allegations against clergy in the 2018-19 audit year, triple the number seen the previous year, with much of the increase stemming from a wave of lawsuits and claims by survivors

The coronavirus pandemic is expected to result in a significant rise in child marriage in Syria, compounding a problem already at "alarming" levels thanks to the nation's ongoing conflict along with displacement, poverty and social and cultural pressures, according to World Vision Australia.

A survey conducting with some

Toronto, Canada
Thomson Reuters Foundation

As Americans protest the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other black people at the hands of police, Canadians are facing a reckoning of their own.

Since April, six Indigenous people have been fatally shot by police, including a woman killed during

Rome, Italy
AP

Pope Francis has ordered a Polish bishop to leave his central diocese and let someone else run it while he is under investigation for covering up cases of sexual abuse that were featured in a second clergy abuse documentary that has rocked Poland's Catholic Church.

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Climate change impacts - including growing food and water scarcity - are becoming increasingly important drivers of conflict and unrest around the world, and security planners need to make them a priority now, foreign ministers warned this week.

Addressing them could mean the

St Louis, US
AP

The Marianists religious order on Wednesday released the names of 46 living and dead religious leaders who they claim sexually abused minors, the latest of several Catholic organisations to complete an investigation and publicly name the accused.

“For decades, despicable and evil acts of

London, UK
Reuters

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in authoritarian behaviour by governments around the world, posing a growing threat to democracy, hundreds of former prime ministers, presidents, Nobel laureates and lawmakers have warned.

The virus was first identified in the central Chinese city of

RNS

President Donald Trump has renewed outreach efforts to conservative Christians this week, targeting his most dedicated supporters in the wake of lagging poll numbers.

“We know that American patriots don’t bow down to foreign powers,” Trump told the crowd gathered for a Students for Trump rally at

Washington DC, US
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Big gaps between the number of male and female coronavirus cases in parts of Africa and the Middle East suggest that women may be struggling to access testing or care, an aid agency said on Wednesday. 

In Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen, more

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