The World Council of Churches is holding a special online prayer service as the annual World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel kicks off.

The week, which started Sunday and runs until 21st September - the International Day of Prayer for Peace, is being run this year under the theme

London, UK
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Taxes on frequent fliers, more wind and solar power, and better protection for nature should be key policies in Britain's push to meet its promise to cut emissions to net zero by 2050, a citizens' assembly advised the country's lawmakers last week.

But

Jerusalem, Israel
AP

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday announced a new countrywide lockdown will be imposed amid a stubborn surge in coronavirus cases, with schools and parts of the economy expected to shut down in a bid to bring down infection rates.

Beginning Friday, the start

AP

Crowds gather every year at 16th Street Baptist Church to mark the anniversary of the horrific day when a bomb planted by Ku Klux Klansmen went off just before worship, killing four Black girls.

This year's 57th observance will be virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Vatican City
AP

Pope Francis urged political leaders to listen to protesters and heed their calls for political and social change, an apparent reference to protests in Belarus against the country's authoritarian President.

Francis didn’t mention Belarus or any country in his appeal Sunday during his noontime prayer

RNS

Three months after police shoved him to the ground during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Martin Gugino, the Catholic peace activist, has quietly moved back to his home in Buffalo, New York.

The 75-year-old Gugino, who ended up in intensive care after he fractured

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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A senior official at the palm oil industry's main green label has urged an Australian confectionery giant to be "responsible" and work with ethical producers after it became the country's first major supermarket brand to ditch the tropical oil as an

Vatican City
AP

The Vatican said Saturday it was “necessary and urgent” to return to in-person Masses as soon as anti-coronavirus measures permit.

The head of the Vatican’s liturgy office, Cardinal Robert Sarah, said in a letter to bishops conferences that virtual liturgies, while useful, were no replacement

Washington, DC
RNS

President Donald Trump’s campaign released a digital advertisement late on Wednesday extending its argument that Americans “won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America” with images of angry or violent protest. Set to dramatic music, the commercial bombards the viewer with footage of flaming police cars,

Nairobi, Kenya
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A multi-billion dollar oil pipeline planned for East Africa could spell disaster for local communities, charities said on Thursday, warning of lost land and livelihoods unless oil firms listen up and change tack.

French energy giant Total and its partner China National Offshore

Rome, Italy
AP

One of Pope Francis’ top collaborators and a future papal contender, Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Vatican said Friday.

Tagle, who heads the Holy See’s powerful office in charge of mission territories, last saw the pope during an

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The average size of wildlife populations has plummeted by two-thirds worldwide since 1970 as forests were felled to grow food, green group WWF said Thursday, warning that harming ecosystems hikes the risk to humans of infectious diseases like COVID-19.

Land conversion for

Washington DC, US
AP

Bahrain on Friday agreed to normalise relations with Israel, becoming the latest Arab nation to do so as part of a broader diplomatic push by President Donald Trump and his administration to further ease the Jewish state's relative isolation in the Middle East and

Madrid, Spain
AP

A court in Spain on Friday sentenced a former Salvadoran colonel to 133 years in prison for the slaying of five Spanish priests in El Salvador more than three decades ago.

Spain’s National Court ruled that Inocente Orlando Montano, a former colonel who served as

Bangui, Central African Republic
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Restoring court operations in rural parts of the war-torn Central African Republic is vital to tackling sexual violence and ensuring victims can seek justice, a top government official said, as the coronavirus pandemic fuels gender-based abuse.

Rape has been widely used

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