Dakar, Senegal
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A new online database of human trafficking cases will help Senegal crack down on a rampant crime that is little understood, highlighting hotspots and profiling crooks in a bid to curb the growing trade in people, the government said last week. 

The

Hong Kong
Reuters

Hong Kong anti-government protesters crowded a shopping mall in running clashes with police on Sunday during which a man with a knife slashed several people and apparently bit off part of a local politician's ear.

A human chain in Cityplaza, in the eastern suburb of

As global warming brings wilder weather, more harvest failures and the risk of growing migration and poverty, "sustainable development as we think of it today may be out of reach", a top UN specialist in climate change losses warned last week.

Nations around the world in 2015 agreed to pursue

Earlier this year the United Methodist Church’s top court upheld much of the Traditional Plan strengthening the denomination’s language barring its LGBTQ members from marriage and ordination.

But questions about that plan still dominated the Judicial Council meeting this past week in suburban Evanston, Illinois.

“The matters before us are

Santiago, Chile
Reuters

Chile's decision to quit as host of December's UN climate talks, to focus on dealing with violent social protests, has undermined the Latin American nation's efforts to craft a green, progressive image on the world stage, environmentalists said.

Against a backdrop of civil unrest, which

RNS

The Trump administration is proposing a new rule that would allow adoption, foster care agencies, and other social service providers receiving taxpayer funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to refuse to serve people based on religion, sexual orientation and gender identity. 

The rule essentially

Dakar, Senegal
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Speaking calmly through tears, in a hearing streamed live on YouTube, former beauty queen Fatou Jallow told how Gambia's ex-president Yahya Jammeh locked her in a room and raped her.

The 23-year-old's testimony on Thursday concluded three weeks of public hearings dedicated to

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Ten major companies that sell and use palm oil have teamed up on a new radar system to monitor forests across Malaysia and Indonesia more closely and speed up action to stop deforestation, a group leading the initiative said on Friday.

The

London, UK
Reuters

As Britain's "Brexit election" campaign swings into action, it may not be the country's exit from the European Union which takes centre stage but another national obsession - the health service.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has cast the 12th December election as necessary to break

Vatican City
RNS

For many, Halloween is mostly a fun opportunity to slip into a spooky costume, indulge in sugary delights or let their party animal run wild. But Pope Francis on Friday invited the faithful to bring it back to basics, or rather, to cemeteries.

“In these

Washington DC, US
RNS

Paula White, a Pentecostal preacher and longtime adviser to US President Donald Trump, has been tapped to head the White House’s Faith and Opportunity Initiative, a successor to previous administrations’ faith-based office that coordinates outreach to religious communities.

“Paula White is the Advisor to

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A failure to hold companies to account for lesser labour abuses from late wage payments to excessive overtime creates a breeding ground for the worst forms of modern slavery to thrive, the top United Nations expert on human trafficking said.

Businesses are

New York City, US
Reuters

Twitter Inc will ban political advertising on its platform next month, the company's chief executive said on Wednesday, a move that won praise from Democrats and scorn from Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

"We've made the decision to stop all political advertising on

The World Council of Churches and various Christian groups have published a new book aimed at helping churches and Christian groups grapple with the UN Sustainability Development Goals.

The Sustainability Book , publication of which was funded by Norad, features explantions of the 17 goals as well as

Tbilisi, Georgia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A critical shortage of affordable housing in cities across the world has forced many people to tap such unexpected resources as shipping containers and concrete pipes just to put a roof over their head.

At least 150 million people, about two per cent

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