RNS

After an Episcopal rector at a Washington church tested positive for coronavirus, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington is instituting a sweeping set of policies designed to help stop the spread of the disease - including suspending the use of wine during Communion.

This week officials announced Rev

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reuters

Families who lost loved ones aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 visited the crash site on Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of the tragedy, a day after interim results of a probe focused on faulty systems on the Boeing 737 MAX jet.

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An evangelical Christian leader in India was beaten and then run over by motorcycles ridden by Hindu extremists last week, sources in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have told Morning Star News.

Isaac Paulose, 48, was attacked on 3rd March and left with injuries including a fractured

Dakar, Senegal
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Rape survivors in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo will take their stories to the screen in a film premiering in the United States this weekend, written and acted by the women themselves. 

The movie SEMA , meaning "speak out" in Swahili, is a

New Delhi, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A push to digitise land records in India to establish ownership and minimise conflicts has raised concerns over privacy for poorer communities and could make them more vulnerable to evictions, legal and technology experts said on Monday.

India's national land record modernisation

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Workers in Bangladesh's garment industry face increased threats, intimidation and even physical and sexual abuse, according to a report for an influential US Senate committee that urged authorities to do more to protect labour rights.

The study for the United States Senate Committee

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Rome Italy
Reuters

All of Italy under lockdown, reeling financial markets and rioting prisoners made clear on Monday how the global coronavirus epidemic was extending its reach into all aspects of social and economic life.

Major European stock markets dived more than seven per cent, Japanese

Washington, DC
RNS

Bread for the World, a prominent US Christian advocacy group dedicated to ending hunger, has elected Seattle pastor and author Rev Eugene Cho as its new president.

It’s a dramatic change for Bread, which is well known in Washington for galvanising religious groups to protect

RNS

Gospel singer Kirk Franklin, in a discussion to be broadcast this week on Trinity Broadcasting Network, called on white Christian leaders to move beyond “kumbaya moments” and to speak from the pulpit when black people are the subjects of “social injustice happening in the streets".

Franklin made

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reuters

Relatives sat listening with bowed heads and eyes closed as the names of all 298 victims of a missile strike on a Malaysian airliner were read out in a Dutch court on Monday as the murder trial of four fugitive defendants began.

Malaysian Airlines

United Nations
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The world of finance must line up behind the fight against global warming, a top British climate change official said, calling for a concerted effort to turn "billions into trillions" of dollars driving the transition to a green economy.

From state aid

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reuters

The first hearing in the trial of four fugitive suspects in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was set to start in Amsterdam on Monday, more than five years after the plane was downed in Ukraine.

Prosecutors say the suspects, three Russians and

New York City, US
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Hollywood actress Mira Sorvino called on Thursday for more action to be taken against pimps and men buying sex in a bid to end sex trafficking, voicing fears that online pornography and grooming of vulnerable targets were fuelling the problem.

The

Mexico City, Mexico
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Women took to the streets over the past year across Latin America - from Mexico and Chile to Argentina and Brazil - demanding governments take action in a region where machismo reigns and gender-based violence is widespread.

In Latin America and the

Atlanta, US
Reuters

With a wide smile and arms outstretched, but quickly dropped into double elbow bumps, James Harper warmly greets fellow congregants at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on Sunday in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward neighbourhood.

"We're all tight here," said Harper, 51, a salesman. "Normally

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