Los Angeles
RNS

At a virtual news conference on Wednesday, Rev Stephen "Cue" Jn-Marie of the advocacy group Clergy for Black Lives condemned a pair of Los Angeles homeless outreach events on 30th and 31st December by a group of conservative Christians led by musician Sean Feucht.

Wuhan, China/Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

Two members of a World Health Organization-led team that arrived on Thursday in China's Wuhan city to investigate the origins of COVID-19 remained behind in Singapore after testing positive for coronavirus antibodies, the global body said.

The team of 15 had all tested

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The aid sector is rife with sexual abuse, British lawmakers said on Thursday, calling it "the last safe haven for perpetrators" despite a slew of scandals that prompted promises of a cleanup.

Lawmakers rounded on the international aid sector, saying abusers were too

Nairobi, Kenya
AP

South Africa’s President says a task team under the African Union has secured 270 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for the African continent, the largest such deal so far for the region. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa, the current AU chair, says the doses will come from

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Accelerating biodiversity loss, climate change and over-consumption are swiftly pushing human societies toward a "ghastly future" of growing hunger, political division and societal breakdown, leading scientists said on Wednesday.

Despite years of warnings, the threats are underestimated and not broadly understood, and efforts

Geneva, Switzerland/Singapore
Reuters

An international team of scientists led by the World Health Organization was set to arrive in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday to investigate the origins of the novel coronavirus that sparked the pandemic.

The United States, which has accused China of having

RNS

US House of Representatives Majority Whip James Clyburn plans to introduce legislation to designate the song Lift Every Voice and Sing , long a staple in the Black community, as the country’s national hymn.

“To make Lift Every Voice and Sing a national hymn, would be an act

Nairobi, Kenya
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Uganda's ban on social media days before presidential elections shows a rattled President flexing power over the Internet at the expense of free speech and citizen rights, digital campaigners said on Wednesday.

Tuesday's ban by President Yoweri Museveni - who said he only

Rome, Italy
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Lockdowns during the first wave of COVID-19 had a much smaller impact on urban air quality than first expected, a study of 11 global cities, from Wuhan to New York, found on Wednesday.

As millions stayed home, concentrations in the air of nitrogen

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Some Australian scientists have proposed delaying mass inoculation using AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine with a view to considering a different shot instead.

Questions surrounding the vaccine in Australia, which recorded just one new local case of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, have cast a cloud over

Updated 3.30pm (AEDT)
Washington DC, US
Reuters

Donald Trump on Wednesday became the first president in US history to be impeached twice, as 10 of his fellow Republicans joined Democrats in the House of Representatives to charge him with inciting an insurrection in last week's violent rampage

Vatican City
Reuters

Australia's financial watchdog has drastically reduced the sum of money it says was sent from the Vatican to Australia, the Vatican said on Wednesday, after it earlier reported a huge figure which raised suspicions of money laundering.

The joint Vatican-Australian review showed only $A9.5 million

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The dramatic global shift to remote working during COVID-19 lockdowns has underscored an urgent need for greater protections for homeworkers, many of whom are paid far less than those employed outside the home, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

About 7.9 per

New York, US/London, UK
Reuters

Coronavirus-induced lockdowns caused annual traffic congestion to fall in most countries for the first time in at least 10 years, disrupting long-held traffic patterns like the dreaded morning commute to work, a report released on Tuesday showed.

Congestion declined sharply on the gridlocked

Johannesburg, South Africa
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Renewable energy is expected to account for less than 10 per cent of Africa's electricity generation by 2030, showing massive investment is needed to unlock the continent's wind and solar power potential, researchers said on Monday.

Drastic policy change and investment will

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