Johannesburg, South Africa/Accra, Ghana
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Alongside the food, clothing and nappies gifted to a shelter for South African flood victims, one donation proved especially popular - a wi-fi router.

The router allowed the students to finish assignments, helped the unemployed find jobs and meant seamstresses could

Reuters

Myanmar ruling military on Thursday defended a planned execution of two prominent democracy figures as lawful and required, defying international criticism for resuming capital punishment after a three-decade hiatus. 

The United Nations, France, the United States and international human rights groups have urged the junta not to

Vatican City
Reuters

Pope Francis has accepted a request by a Belgian bishop to not be made a cardinal because it might hurt the feelings of victims of sexual abuse, the Belgian bishops conference said on Thursday.

A cardinal skull cap is seen on display

United States
RNS

Seeking to legalise the process of converting bodies into soil, a California legislator is attempting, once again, to pass a bill that would allow human composting in the Golden State.

Burial, cremation and alkaline hydrolysis are the only death care choices available in California, and

Islamabad, Pakistan
AP

The UN representative in Afghanistan lamented in her farewell statement Thursday the harsh edicts that the Taliban have imposed on girls and women since they seized power in the country, denying them the right to education and work and forcing millions to stay at home.

Anaheim, California, US
RNS

A day after approving a series of reforms meant to address sexual abuse in their denomination, Southern Baptists at their national meeting approved a resolution on Wednesday apologising to abuse survivors and asking for forgiveness.

They also called on US state legislatures to create

Lucknow, India
Reuters

Police in northern India fired shots in the air on Thursday to push back stone-throwing crowds and authorities shut off mobile internet in at least one district to forestall further chaos, as protests widened against a new military recruitment system.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's

Kyiv, Ukraine
Reuters

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said on Thursday he hoped his war crimes investigation in Ukraine would show there can be no escape from justice during conflicts. 

Visiting Ukraine as part of the investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against

Kyiv/Irpin, Ukraine
Reuters

The leaders of Germany, France and Italy, all criticised in the past by Kyiv for support viewed as too cautious, visited Ukraine on Thursday and offered the hope of EU membership to a country pleading for weapons to fend off Russia's invasion.

Air raid

Melbourne, Australia
Reuters

Australia, under a new Labor government, on Thursday raised its 2030 target for cutting carbon emissions, bringing the country more in line with other developed economies' Paris climate accord commitments.

Australia, one of the world's highest per capita carbon emitters, pledged to the United Nations

Vatican City
Reuters

The Vatican, in an apparent attempt to boost the confidence of the faithful in how their charitable contributions to the Pope are used, on Thursday issued the first detailed disclosure of his main fund.

The Peter's Pence fund, whose aim is to help the Pope

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reuters

Russia has torpedoed a Western-backed proposal to discuss whether its diamonds are funding war ahead of an international conflict diamond meeting in Botswana, letters seen by Reuters show. 

The rift in the Kimberley Process, which certifies rough diamond exports, risks paralysing the body

Copenhagen, Denmark
Reuters

Denmark and Canada will divide small, uninhabited Hans Island in the Arctic, eding an almost 50-year ownership spat, in a largely symbolic act of diplomacy designed to avoid tensions in the high North.

The NATO allies have been engaged in a mostly good-natured squabble over

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reuters

RMR Lenora stood in a snaking queue outside Sri Lanka's Immigration and Emigration Department headquarters for two days last week, hoping to get a passport and, with it, a chance to leave a country wilting under an economic crisis.

A garment worker, 33-year-old

United States
RNS

The Christian Reformed Church, a small evangelical denomination of US and Canadian churches, voted Wednesday at its annual synod to codify its opposition to homosexual sex by elevating it to the status of confession, or declaration of faith.

The 123 to 53 vote at

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