Christian Aboriginal leader Aunty Jean Phillips has joined with justice movement Common Grace in inviting Australian Christians to attend services of "acknowledgement, lament and prayer" in the two weeks leading up to Australia Day on 26th January.

Aboriginal-led prayer services are being held in every state and territory capital as

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Millions of people were killed or fled when the so-called Islamic State took over parts of Iraq in 2014 and their scorched-earth tactics still devastate rural communities, a report released by Amnesty International last week said.

Looted livestock, burned orchards, planted land mines, sabotaged water

The Australian Government has recognised West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and but said its embassy will remain in Tel Aviv for the time being.

Making the announcement on Saturday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison ended a long-standing policy of recognising Tel Aviv as the country's capital, saying

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Mothers are being forced to leave their children to starve as they face a "catastrophic" shortage of food in war-torn Yemen, a humanitarian group said on Thursday.

As the warring parties pledged a ceasefire over a key entry port for supplies, Action Against Hunger said many

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As South Sudan's civil war enters its sixth year, conflict has lessened following a peace deal but violence prevents 1.5 million people receiving aid and famine is possible in 2019.

Despite a fragile accord signed by the government and rebel groups in September, the world's

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A Chinese pastor and his wife who were arrested alongside 100 church members and detained in southwest China on Sunday are accused of subverting state power, which can carry a prison sentence of up to five years.

Pastor Wang Yi and his wife, Jiang Rong,

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In a sign of the times, US children's show Sesame Street has a new resident: seven-year-old Lily, a homeless, pink puppet.

The newest member, Lily, joins yellow Big Bird and duo Bert and Ernie to offer hope to the growing number of children worldwide who

World Watch Monitor

Pakistan is among the 10 countries that appear on the US State Department’s latest list of Countries of Particular Concern for religious-freedom violations, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in a press statement on Tuesday.

China, Eritrea, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Pakistan, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan are accused of “having engaged in or tolerated

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Decades of efforts to curb climate-changing emissions are failing, leaving not just small islands but "every country" at this year's UN climate talks facing the threat of disaster, former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed warned on Thursday.

"Carbon emissions keep rising and rising and rising, and

The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the Federal Government's announcement it would move to introduce a Religious Discrimination Act but said more need to be done to protect religious freedom.

Martyn Iles, managing director of the ACL, said in a statement that the "efficacy" of the proposed Religious Discrimination Act would

World Watch Monitor

US President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that will help to ensure aid is provided to Islamic State’s victims in Iraq and Syria and to hold the perpetrators accountable, reports Associated Press.

“In recent years, IS has committed horrifying atrocities against religious and

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Authorities in China have detained the pastor and more than 100 members of a prominent, unofficial church since Sunday, according to media and advocacy agencies.

Security authorities raided the 800 member Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, Sichuan Province at about 6 pm on Sunday,

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Britain's efforts to be the global leader in fighting modern slavery have been "thwarted" by a failure to replace its anti-slavery chief who resigned seven months ago citing government interference, two sources told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Kevin Hyland was appointed as the inaugural independent

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