Vatican City
RNS

Europe and the United States experienced first-hand the brunt of the pandemic, witnessing its tremendous death toll and impact on society. But some Catholic nuns, on the front lines in helping the poor and vulnerable, described on Tuesday the challenges and human cost of fighting

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Roma communities across Europe have become a police target in lockdown, a report found on Wednesday, amid a sharpening global focus on racial equality and law enforcement.

The report by Amnesty International, a human rights organisation, said Roma communities had faced tougher quarantines

Rome, Italy
AP

Pope Francis has praised Alex Zanardi as an example of strength amid adversity as the Italian auto racing champion-turned-Paralympic gold medalist recovers from a handbike crash.

Francis penned a handwritten letter of encouragement assuring Zanardi and his family of his prayers. It was published on

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

The world faces a shortage of oxygen concentrators as the number of worldwide cases of coronavirus infection nears the 10 million mark, the World Health Organization head said on Wednesday.

"Many countries are now experiencing difficulties obtaining oxygen concentrators," WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Jackson, Mississippi, US
AP

The Confederate-themed Mississippi flag drew opposition Tuesday from two big forces in the culturally conservative state: Southern Baptists and Walmart.

Walmart said it will stop displaying the Mississippi flag while the state debates whether to change the design. The Mississippi Baptist Convention said lawmakers

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Australia's second most populous state on Wednesday said a man in his 80s died overnight from the coronavirus, the country's first death from the virus in more than a month, as the state logged a double digit rise in cases for the eighth straight day.

Los Angeles, US
RNS

The California Catholic Conference of Bishops is denouncing the toppling of Junipero Serra statues that protesters took down in San Francisco and Los Angeles over the weekend.

“If this process is to be truly effective as a remedy for racism, it must discern carefully

London, UK
Reuters

Britain on Tuesday announced an easing of social distancing rules from 4th July, reducing the recommended gap from two metres to "one metre plus" in England as it further loosened lockdown measures meant to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

What do scientists say?
Infectious disease experts

Lucknow, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Dozens of girls at an Indian care home for runaways and sexual abuse victims have tested positive for coronavirus, raising renewed scrutiny over the management of state-run shelters as the country faces a surge of new infections.

The shelter in the northern Indian

RNS

A new study examining Americans’ response to COVID-19 shows that with the exception of white evangelicals, a majority of Americans are not comfortable returning to in-person religious services.

The results of the survey suggest that despite political pressure to reopen houses of worship - from President Donald Trump

New York City, US
Reuters

In early March, Poorva Dixit rushed to buy a ticket to India from the United States, her home for more than a decade, after she learned her 72-year-old mother had fallen from her bed and was in critical condition.

She decided to leave

Kinshasa,  Democratic Republic of Congo
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo's south-eastern mining heartland are boosting efforts to tackle child labour amid concerns that the coronavirus pandemic could drive more families to put their children to work in mines, officials said.

Congo is Africa's main producer

Atlanta, US
AP

Scores of mourners Tuesday paid their final respects to Rayshard Brooks at the Atlanta church where Rev Martin Luther King, Jr, used to preach, taking part in a funeral filled with historical echoes and a tragic sense that Black America has been through this all

Berlin, Germany
AP

Renewed lockdown measures in a German region where hundreds of coronavirus cases sprung up at a slaughterhouse and news that the world's top-ranked tennis player has also been infected provided a stark reminder to Europeans on Tuesday that the pandemic is far from gone.

Meanwhile,

Atlanta, US
AP

Rayshard Brooks, who was fatally shot by a police officer, is to be remembered Tuesday at the church in Atlanta where Rev Martin Luther King, Jr, once preached.

The private funeral at Ebenezer Baptist Church follows a public viewing held Monday. Rev Raphael Warnock, senior

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