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Christians are the victims in 80 per cent of acts of religious discrimination, despite only accounting for 30 per cent of the global population, a conference in Washington heard this week.

The statistics, from the International Society for Human Rights, were presented on Tuesday at

US ophthalmic surgeon, Dr Glenn Strauss, and the surgery recipient on board the Africa Mercy. PICTURE: Mercy Ships.

Two milestones were marked on-board the floating hospital ship the  Africa Mercy , currently docked in Cameroon, this week - the same week in which organisations all over the

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Taking inspiration from Britain's lead, Australia should introduce tough laws to root out forced labour from supply chains, compensate victims of slavery and appoint an anti-slavery commissioner, a parliamentary inquiry said on Thursday.

Australia must also tackle so-called orphanage tourism - whereby children are abused

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The Australian Parliament has passed a bill legalising same-sex marriage .

The bill passed through the Lower House for the second time with just four members voting against it and some abstaining.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told the ABC that he was "proud"

Mental health is the number one issue for young people in Australia, according to the latest Mission Australia Youth Survey.

With the survey now in its 16th year, the issue has topped concerns for the first time with around a third of the 24,000 young people polled -

President Donald Trump has broken with decades of US policy and formally recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Declaring it was time for a new approach to peace in the Middle East, Mr Trump said: "We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same

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The 2017 Freedom of Thought Report, presented on Tuesday, should be alarming “to all who care about freedom of thought and expression”, as it shows “a pattern of regression on a global scale”, says its editor, Bob Churchill.

The report, published by the International Humanist

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A war on waste food in France, where supermarkets are banned from throwing away unsold food and restaurants must provide doggy bags when asked, has helped it secure the top spot in a ranking of countries by their food sustainability.

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Australians are giving less to charity but remain among the most generous givers in the world, according to Australia's peak charity body.

Released by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission this week, the Australian Charities Report 2016 found that donations and bequests fell last year from $11.2 billion to


The US Supreme Court is hearing the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd v Colorado Civil Rights Commission with a decision expected next year. PICTURE: Claire Anderson/Unsplash

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A Coptic cathedral has been restored and reopened eight months after a suicide bombing there on Palm Sunday killed 28 and injured 74 others.

St George’s Cathedral in Tanta, the capital of the Gharbia governorate north of Cairo, has been renamed the Cathedral of St George

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One of the world's largest diamonds was sold for $US6.5 million by Sierra Leone on Monday to fund local development projects, dealing a blow to smugglers in the West African nation.

The egg-sized, 709-carat diamond found by a Christian pastor was bought at

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A Catholic priest who went missing in Bangladesh days ahead of a visit by Pope Francis has been found alive, but there is still confusion over the circumstances of his disappearance.

Father Walter William Rozario, 41, is said by his family to have escaped from

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Eighteen children every hour were infected with HIV last year, a sign of scant progress in protecting the world's young from the deadly AIDS-causing virus, the United Nations' children's agency said on Friday.

At the current rate of infection, there will be 3.5 million new

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Hundreds of thousands of people who have survived modern slavery or risk becoming enslaved in nations including Bangladesh, Nepal and Nigeria will receive support through a £40 million ($US54 million) aid package, the British government said on Friday.

Half of the money will be split

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