Lahore, Pakistan
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Pakistan is to set up more than 1,000 courts dedicated to tackling violence against women, the country's top judge announced on Wednesday, seeking to tackle a problem activists say the criminal justice system has long neglected.

Asif Saeed Khosa said the special courts

RNS

A new survey finds that white evangelical Protestants are more concerned about made-up or “fake” news than any other major religious group and are also the most likely to blame journalists for creating it.

According to a new report unveiled earlier this month by Pew Research,

Catholic bishops in the Australian state of Victoria have reiterated their opposition to the introduction of an assisted dying scheme in the state as new laws legalising it come into force this week.

In a pastoral letter released on Sunday, Peter Comensoli, the Archbishop of Melbourne, along with

Mexico City, Mexico
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Mexico will stop giving financial aid to anti-human trafficking organisations and instead run shelters and victim care directly, the President said this week, drawing criticism from activists who said the plan lacked detail. 

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador blamed past corruption for

World Watch Monitor

An evangelical church in central Ethiopia has been ordered to vacate its building, 10 years after it started meeting there, and churches elsewhere in the region say pressure is increasing on them, too.

The Mekane Yesus Evangelical Church in the town of Robe in Bale

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

The world should impose a moratorium on the sale and use of surveillance software until there are rules in place to stop governments using it to spy on opponents and critics, a UN expert recommended.

David Kaye, the UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression,

RNS

Day and overnight camps are a staple of summer, a welcome relief for working parents. 

But they can also present opportunities for sexual predators.

Last week, Noah Paradis, 19, a staffer at a LifeWay camp in Arizona, was arrested on five counts of inappropriate touching. 

RNS

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has dropped its long-running fight against the clergy housing allowance permitted by the US Government.

“We have full confidence in the legal merits of our challenge of the discriminatory pastoral housing allowance privileges,” the Wisconsin-based atheist watchdog announced last week.

Dakar, Senegal
Thomson Reuters Foundation

West Africa's Sahel region must reduce rates of child marriage to end spiralling ethnic and jihadist conflict, the regional head of the United Nations Population Fund said this week.

Marrying girls off as teenagers leads to them having more children, and explosive population

Washington, DC
Reuters

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a US list of countries that recruit child soldiers, dismissing his experts' findings that a Saudi-led coalition has been using under-age fighters in Yemen’s civil war, according to four people familiar

London
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Britain's Prince Harry on Monday threw his weight behind mine clearance efforts in Angola, a cause championed by his mother more than two decades ago when she made global headlines by walking through a minefield in the country.

The prince welcomed an announcement that

London
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The number of complaints of sexual abuse, harassment and other unacceptable behaviour against field workers at Medecins Sans Frontieres almost doubled last year, the medical aid organisation said on Monday.

MSF, which runs 43,000 field workers around the world, said it hoped

Washington, DC
RNS

Former Vice President Joe Biden kicked off a major forum on faith and poverty issues Monday afternoon, fielding questions from faith leaders and low-income Americans during a gathering organised by the Poor People’s Campaign.

“We have the greatest income inequity...in the United States of America

London
Thomson Reuters Foundation

China is murdering members of the Falun Gong spiritual group and harvesting their organs for transplant, a panel of lawyers and experts on Monday as they invited further investigations into a potential genocide.

Members said they had heard clear evidence forced organ harvesting had

Vatican City
Reuters

A Vatican document on Monday said the church should consider ordaining older married men as priests in remote areas of the Amazon, a historic shift which some say could pave the way for their use in other areas where clergy are scarce.

The recommendation, contained

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