San Francisco, US

Twitter said on Tuesday it would start applying a label to tweets containing synthetic or deceptively edited forms of media, as social media platforms brace for a potential onslaught of misinformation ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

The company also said it would remove

Sydney, Australia

Australia suspended parliament on Tuesday to honour the victims of a national bushfire crisis that has killed 33 people, as more than 100 fires remained ablaze across the country's east coast.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has received public criticism for his handling of the

Beijing, China

China said it would welcome assistance from the United States to fight a coronavirus outbreak, a day after it accused Washington of scaremongering, and as the death toll rose on Tuesday by a new daily record to more than 420.

The toll in China rose

Shillong, India
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Tribal people in north-eastern India are increasingly becoming landless and poor as their traditional farming practices are abandoned in favour of commercial plantations, Indigenous experts warned last week.

"Jhum" is the practice by tribal groups in the north-eastern states of rotating land use


John Ortberg, a popular evangelical author and megachurch pastor, betrayed a "bond of trust" by allowing a church volunteer who admitted being attracted to minors to still work with children, according to a statement from the elders at the Bay Area church he leads. 

"In July

London, UK
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As Britain left the European Union on Friday and started work to rewrite its relationship with the bloc and quickly strike new global trade deals, some fear Brexit may undercut a similarly demanding key pledge to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.


Geneva, Switzerland

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday there was no need for measures that "unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade" in trying to halt the spread of a coronavirus that has killed 361 people in China.

"We call on all countries

At least 20 people were reportedly crushed to death and 16 others injured after worshippers at an outdoor event in Tanzania stampeded to be anointed with blessed oil, according to reports.

Thousands had gathered at a stadium in the northern town of Moshi for the Saturday night service led by

Vatican City

Pope Francis will promote inter-religious dialogue this year during a trip to the world's biggest Muslim country Indonesia and make the first papal visit to mainly Catholic East Timor since it won independence from Jakarta, diplomatic sources said.

The trip, which will also include a

London, UK

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would act to stop the early release from prison of convicted terrorists following a street attack by an Islamist militant days after he was set free half way through his jail term.

Sudesh Amman, jailed in 2018 for

Putrajaya, Malaysia
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Malaysia is set to beef up its decades-old forestry laws this year in an effort to protect its rainforests from illegal loggers, a senior minister said last week.

The move would stiffen penalties, including fines and jail terms, for those found guilty of

Sydney/Melbourne, Australia

Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne said 243 citizens and permanent residents evacuated Wuhan on Monday on an Australian government-chartered aircraft, fleeing the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak which has killed 361 people.

The 243 people will be quarantined in a detention centre on a remote

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Young girls in southern Africa are selling sex - sometimes for less than the cost of bread - to survive a hunger crisis ensnaring tens of millions, aid agencies said last week.

In Angola, girls of 12 sell themselves for as little as

Washington DC, US
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A growing number of Americans cannot afford to pay their rent as rental property prices hit a record high, researchers said on Friday, amid an outcry over rising evictions and homelessness.

The number of US households living in rentals also surged to

London, UK

The United Kingdom finally cast off from the European Union on Friday for an uncertain future, with Brexiteers claiming victory and popping champagne corks for an "independence day" they said marked a new era for the country.

In its biggest shift since losing its global




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