Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Australia will bring forward by two weeks to early March its COVID-19 vaccine rollout plans, health authorities said on Wednesday as the country battles to contain fresh cases in its two largest cities. 

Australia has repeatedly resisted pressure to expedite its vaccination distribution time table

RNS

The lead pastors of Hillsong Dallas church have resigned, adding to two months of transition and turmoil in the global megachurch.

On Sunday, Reed Bogard announced his and his wife’s resignation in a prerecorded message that aired during the church's streaming worship service.

“The last 10 years of

Warsaw, Poland
AP

A liberal Roman Catholic magazine in Poland that recently criticised some high-ranking church officials says local church authorities in Krakow have terminated the publication's office lease after almost 76 years. 

The Tygodnik Powszechny ( General Weekly ) said on Facebook and on its website that a

Columbus, Ohio, US
AP

As light snow fell around the Ohio church Tuesday morning, Andre Hill’s family, friends and strangers angry about his death - clad in their Sunday best and Black Lives Matter masks - walked in to honour his life.

Inside the church in Columbus, a

Madrid, Spain
AP

The three wise men received a subdued reception in Spain on the eve of the Western observance of Epiphany due to a pandemic-related prohibition against large public events.

Men representing the Three Kings, wearing face masks to prevent the spread of

Zurich/Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

The head of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday he was "very disappointed" that China has still not authorised the entry of a team of international experts to examine the origins of the coronavirus.

The 10-strong team had been due to set off in

Shanghai, China
Reuters

As a team from the World Health Organization prepares to visit China to investigate the origins of COVID-19, Beijing has stepped up efforts not only to prevent new outbreaks, but also shape the narrative about when and where the pandemic began.

China has dismissed criticism

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A system using satellite data to send free alerts when trees are destroyed has been linked to a significant drop in forest losses in Africa, researchers and academics said on Monday.

Deforestation dropped by an average of 18 per cent across nine central

RNS

The 117th session of Congress got off to a testy start on Sunday, including an opening prayer from an ordained member whose pairing of "A-woman" with the traditional "Amen" raised both hackles and questions about the meaning of the word.

But what is rarely at question is

Washington DC, US
RNS

A historic Black congregation in Washington, DC, is suing the group Proud Boys for destroying a church-owned Black Lives Matter sign last month, aiming to “hold the Proud Boys, its leadership, and certain...members accountable.”

The lawsuit, which was filed in DC Superior Court on

London, UK
Reuters

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday ordered England into a new national lockdown to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases that threatens to overwhelm parts of the health system before a vaccine program reaches a critical mass.

The announcement came just hours after

Updated: 2:30pm (AEDT)
Atlanta, Georgia, US
AP

President-elect Joe Biden on Monday told Georgia Democrats they had the power to “chart the course” for a generation as President Donald Trump urged Republican voters to "swamp" the polls ahead of runoff elections that will determine control of the US

Bangui, Central African Republic
AP

Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera has won a second term in office, according to provisional results announced by the electoral commission Monday. 

Touadera was reelected in the first round of the 27th December presidential vote with 53.9 per cent of the votes,

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

With less than a decade for the world to meet a United Nations target of ending modern slavery, experts say gains in tackling human trafficking risk being undone by the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 40 million people globally are estimated to be enslaved -

Washington DC, US
AP

More than 2,000 faith leaders and religious activists are calling on members of the US Congress to honour the result of November’s election and avoid “a delayed and drawn out objection” this week when President-elect Joe Biden’s win is set to be certified. 

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