Chennai, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

An Indian state with some of the country's highest levels of migration driven by poverty is doubling the amount of paid work it gives some of its poorest citizens, in a bid to curb debt bondage, a common form of slavery.

Authorities in

Vatican City
RNS

Pope Francis prayed for the strength to stand up against coercion and opposition and said during his weekly general audience that the “great Christian answer” is to “obey God before men".

“We ask the Holy Spirit for the strength to not be afraid of

London
Reuters

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will suspend Britain's parliament for more than a month before Brexit, enraging opponents and raising the stakes in the country's most serious political crisis in decades. 

Cheered on by US President Donald Trump, Johnson launched his boldest move yet to take the

RNS

A federal judge in the US has denied a request by a group of Catholic peace activists to dismiss charges against them for breaking into a nuclear submarine base in Kings Bay, Georgia, last year to protest nuclear weapons.

The seven activists, individually and through their lawyers,

Bogota, Colombia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Central America is grappling with its worst outbreak of dengue fever in decades - and scientists say the disease is likely to spread and become more frequent in the future due to climate change.

Worst hit is Honduras where about 109 deaths from

San Francisco, US
Reuters

A group of philanthropies working with Facebook Inc to study the social network's impact on democracy threatened on Tuesday to quit, saying the company had failed to make data available to researchers as pledged.

The funders said in a statement that Facebook had granted

Islamabad, Pakistan
Thomson Reuters Foundation

When inspectors showed up to investigate reports that a popular Islamabad take-out restaurant was flaunting the city's new plastic bag ban last week, the response was less than contrite.

Video footage – which quickly appeared on social media – showed one of the

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Bangladesh's top court has ruled that women need no longer declare if they are virgins on marriage certificates after a five-year legal battle by women's rights groups trying to protect women's privacy and potential humiliation.

Marriage laws in the Muslim-majority country in

Hong Kong
RNS

Since protests began more than 12 weeks ago over an extradition bill that would allow Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trial, the city’s Christian community has taken an active role.

Groups of Christians regularly participate in the marches that have

Stockholm, Sweden
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Water scarcity is one factor driving millions of people from their homes each year but is often not the only reason why they move, researchers told an international conference on Tuesday.

In most cases, other economic and social problems like conflict, corruption or

Brasilia/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Reuters

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he wants French President Emmanuel Macron to withdraw the "insults" made against him before he considers accepting a $US20 million offer from the G7 nations to help fight forest fires in the Amazon.

The two

Updated 6pm
Hong Kong
Reuters

Violence in Hong Kong's anti-government protests is becoming more serious but the government is confident it can handle the crisis itself, the city's embattled leader said on Tuesday. 

Carrie Lam was speaking in public for the first time since demonstrations escalated on Sunday,

Jos ,  Nigeria
Morning Star News

Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed a Pentecostal pastor and abducted a Baptist pastor in a spate of kidnappings this month in Kaduna state, Nigeria, sources said.

“The herdsmen, about 20 of them, shot into our house and broke the doors of the house,” said

London
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Bosses who do not believe sexism holds back women's careers are more likely to give jobs to men, a study based on recruitment for top French science research posts found on Monday.

The results suggested that training hiring managers about sexist discrimination in the

Stockholm, Sweden
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Putting on a pair of jeans or drinking a beer has a cost beyond the pricetag, with billions of tonnes of water used globally each year to manufacture them and other consumer goods, companies said at an international water conference on Monday.

But

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