Mexico City, Mexico
Thomson Reuters Foundation

US President Donald Trump on Friday vowed to boost measures to fight human trafficking, but several anti-trafficking groups skipped the White House event amid criticism that his immigration policies enable modern slavery.

In next year's government budget will be a request for

Beijing, China/Manila, Philippines
Reuters

The first death from the coronavirus outside of China was reported on Sunday and the Beijing government took steps to shore up an economy hit by travel curbs and business shut-downs because of the epidemic .

A 44-year-old Chinese man from the city of Wuhan

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

British people's data privacy will be "hanging in the balance" after Brexit, former Cambridge Analytica staffer-turned-whistleblower Brittany Kaiser warned as the country leaves the European Union on Friday.

Kaiser said Britain would need to pass strong privacy legislation to protect its citizens

Kathmandu, Nepal
Thomson Reuters Foundation

One of Nepal's most senior female politicians has said she was a "victim of patriarchy" after she was forced to stand down as parliament speaker, and vowed to fight for greater equality for women.

Shiva Maya Tumbahamphe took over as acting speaker of

Shanghai, China
Reuters

China faced mounting isolation from international travel curbs and flight suspensions on Saturday, with Russia to start pulling out its citizens next week, as the death toll from a spreading coronavirus outbreak rose to 259.

The epidemic has led to mass evacuations of foreign citizens

Updated: 6pm
Washington DC, US
Reuters

The US Senate voted on Friday against calling witnesses and collecting new evidence in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, clearing the way for Trump's almost certain acquittal next week.

By a vote of 51-49, the Republican-controlled Senate stopped Democrats' drive to

Washington DC, US
RNS

Abuse survivor and activist Rachael Denhollander brought her advocacy to presidents of evangelical colleges, urging them at their annual conference to not discount sexual abuse but to instead support survivors who report it.

“As Christian institutions you are the most equipped to condemn sexual

Nairobi, Kenya
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Ugandan doctors are giving new mothers artificial intelligence-enabled devices to remotely monitor their health in a first-of-its-kind study aiming to curb thousands of preventable maternal deaths across Africa, medics and developers said.

Doctors at Mbarara Hospital in western Uganda will give devices to

Vatican City
RNS

The French appeals court has acquitted Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon of charges that he failed to report sexual abuse cases.

In 2017, Barbarin was charged and later convicted for not reporting the abuse of a minor, which resulted in a six-month prison sentence.

Shanghai/Beijing. China
Reuters

The United States ramped up its response to the coronavirus epidemic on Friday, declaring a public health emergency and saying it would halt entry to foreign nationals who had been to China within the 14-day incubation period.

That measure followed on from an earlier travel

London
Reuters

The United Kingdom leaves the European Union on Friday with a mixture of joy, anger and indifference, casting off into the unknown in one of the biggest blows yet to Europe's attempt to forge unity from the ruins of World War II.

The EU's most powerful

Chicago, US
RNS

The search for a new leader at Willow Creek Community Church is back to the drawing board.

Elders at the suburban Chicago megachurch announced Thursday that they have released the two finalists they were considering for the role of senior pastor from the search process.

Washington DC, US
RNS

In the historic black church where she worshipped, the late journalist Gwen Ifill was remembered with a new Black Heritage stamp in a ceremony featuring dignitaries of the church, politics and journalism.

Speakers at the event Thursday at Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church took

Johannesburg, South Africa
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Facing destitution when her marriage broke down, 72-year-old Agnes Sithole went to court to challenge a sexist law - and won not only a share of her husband's property but a legal victory that will protect some 400,000 other black South African

World Watch Monitor

Forty Pakistani Christians, who’ve been on trial for the murder of two men during a violent protest following 2015 Easter suicide attacks on two churches in Youhanabad – a majority-Christian area in Lahore, have been freed by the Lahore Anti-Terrorism Court.

Two others, arrested

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