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Australia's Coalition Government would introduce a dedicated Religious Discrimination Act should it win the next election, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed.

Morrison made the announcement as the Federal Government released the findings of the Ruddock Review into religious freedom, which made 20 recommendations, 15

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Anti-slavery activists have hailed a United Nations global pact on migrants as a potential milestone in the fight against human trafficking but warned a lack of detail left millions at risk.

On Monday the vast majority of UN members signed a deal aimed at improving

Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has approved the legalisation of 168 churches and worship buildings, religious freedom advocacy CSW has reported.

The UK organisation said the decision was made during a meeting of the ministerial committee overseeing issues relating to building and renovating churches and worship buildings. Some 126 of

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Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Southern Baptist Convention’s flagship seminary, has released a report delineating its ties to slavery, including its four founders’ ownership of a total of more than 50 slaves.

The 71-page report, released Wednesday, says the seminary’s early trustees and faculty

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Conflict, drought and floods have pushed a record number of Somalis into Mogadishu, making it Africa's most crowded city, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre said on Tuesday.

With more than 340,000 people forced to flee their homes in the first half of 2018, the year

Four people have died after a gunman opened fire in a Brazilian Catholic cathedral on Tuesday before turning the weapon on himself. 

The incident took place at a Catholic cathedral in the city of Campinas, about 100 kilometres north of Sao Paulo.

The gunman reportedly entered the cathedral and

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Transgender members of the 85 million strong Anglican faith community will now have the support of the Church of England, after it released guidelines on Tuesday for ceremonies to welcome them.

The Church of England, where the Anglican tradition originated, has in recent years moved


After a tense standoff with officials at the US-Mexico border on Monday, at least 30 American clergy were taken into custody over the objections of demonstrators, who had come to protest the treatment of Central American asylum-seekers and to decry the extension of a border wall and

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Jakarta’s former governor, known as “Ahok”, who was sentenced last year to two years in jail for blasphemy against Islam, is to be released from prison next month, four months ahead of schedule.

The ethnic Chinese Christian, whose real name is Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, was due to

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Two in three Australian women have been sexually harassed at work, with the majority of cases unreported, according to a survey released on Tuesday that highlighted challenges activists said prevent women from advancing in their careers.

Some 64 per cent of women and 35 per

Anti-semitism in Europe appears to be getting worse, according to the findings of a new survey released on Monday.

The survey, which involved more than 16,000 Jews aged 16 and over living in 12 EU member states, showed that 89 per cent of respondents felt anti-semitism was growing

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On a crisp morning in central London, a large vending machine has caught the attention of shoppers and commuters.

Behind the glass sits a bruised and weary slave ready to dispense fresh tomatoes, lemons, avocados and eggs at the touch of a button.

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Aid agencies could save more than $US500 million by choosing clean energy over fossil fuels in war zones and disaster areas, global think-tank Chatham House said in a report on Monday.

Humanitarian agencies spent about five percent of their funds - or an estimated $US1.2

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The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) has concluded its inquiry into the disappearance of church leader Raymond Koh, who was kidnapped in broad daylight by masked men on 13th February, 2017.

The final three witnesses appeared before the inquiry panel on Friday, 7th December, which is expected

A pop-up "toy store" which tells the story of toys left behind by children forced to flee their homes has opened at Melbourne Central shopping centre in the heart of the Victorian capital this week in an effort to shine a light on the plight of the world's 30 million




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