Washington DC, US
Reuters

Scientists have completed the broadest search to date for extraterrestrial civilizations by scanning roughly 10.3 million stars using a radio telescope in Australia, but have found nothing - not yet, at least.

Seeking evidence of possible life beyond our solar system, the researchers are

London, UK
Reuters

Political polarisation and online misinformation are threatening vaccination programs worldwide, with public trust volatile and varying widely between countries, according to a global vaccine confidence study.

The study, which maps trends in vaccine confidence across 149 countries between 2015 and 2019, found that scepticism about

RNS

The US Navy will retain contracts with civilian Catholic priests at naval bases in California for at least another year, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, said.

This announcement came days after The San Diego Union-Tribune on 5th September reported that Catholic Masses at San Diego Navy

Vatican City
RNS

Not every sports team can claim Pope Francis as its honorary captain.

But Athletica Vaticana - a 70-member team that includes bishops, nuns and Swiss guards - is proud to claim the pontiff as one of its own.

The team is also a living example

Updated: 11:15am (AEST), 12th September, 2020
Los Angeles, US
RNS

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge granted a preliminary injunction against Grace Community Church, prohibiting Pastor John MacArthur from holding indoor worship services.

The County of Los Angeles has sought to stop the megachurch from hosting indoor

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Andre Dread was on his rounds handing out food parcels to poor families in City of God, one of Brazil's most notorious slums, in May when the familiar sound of gunfire from a police raid sent him running for cover.

Two

Brussels, Belgium
AP

The European Parliament on Thursday suspended Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi from the group of former winners of its top human rights prize because of her “failure to act and her acceptance" of the oppression of the Rohingya Muslim ethnic group.

A long-time political

Rome, Italy
AP

Two Roman Catholic nuns held for more than three weeks by rebels affiliated with the Islamic State group in Mozambique have been released, the nuns'religious order announced Thursday.

The Sisters of St Joseph of Chambery said Brazilian nuns Maria Inez Leite Ramos and Eliane

Washington DC, US
Thomson Reuters Foundation

About five million Americans lose their homes every year due to eviction or foreclosure, researchers said on Wednesday, urging policymakers to use their new county-specific data on housing loss to target coronavirus aid more effectively.  

The research by New America, a

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

A group of mostly male executives from Australia's top companies said in a report on Thursday that boards should be tougher in tackling sexual harassment at a time when the country is facing a number of corporate scandals.

The Male Champions of Change group, which

RNS

President Donald Trump made what appeared to be a targeted appeal to his conservative religious base on Wednesday afternoon, announcing a slate of potential Supreme Court candidates who he suggested would protect religious liberty, oppose abortion and keep “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Trump’s announcement

Paris, France
AP

The crypt under the plaza in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, spared during the 2019 fire that devastated the medieval edifice, reopened to the public Wednesday after a painstaking cleaning to remove traces of lead dust that spewed from the nearby blaze.

The Archeological Crypt

Johannesburg, South Africa
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Businesses doing good in Africa can create jobs for some of those hardest hit by the new coronavirus pandemic - the youth, women and the poor, British researchers said on Wednesday. 

Social enterprises, or businesses with a social purpose, employ up to

Reuters

The global death toll from the coronavirus passed 900,000 on Wednesday, as worldwide cases topped 27.7 million, according to a Reuters tally. 

The United States remains the world’s worst-affected country, with deaths exceeding 190,000 and cases exceeding 6.3 million. Brazil is in second place with more than

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