London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said prayer for someone exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity will not be criminalised in any conversion therapy ban, as LGBT+ activists and conservative Christians clash over the issue.

Johnson said that "appropriate pastoral

Washington, DC
Reuters

US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he will begin withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan on 1st May to end America's longest war, rejecting calls for US forces to stay to ensure a peaceful resolution to that nation's grinding internal conflict.

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Sao Paulo/Brasilia, Brazil
Reuters

Brazil's richest and most populous state, Sao Paulo, has warned its ability to care for seriously ill COVID-19 patients was on the verge of collapse as it ran perilously low on key drugs, according to a letter to the federal government seen by

Islamabad, Pakistan
Reuters

Pakistan is to outlaw a hardline Islamist group that railed against blasphemy to rise to prominence, the interior minister said on Wednesday, the third day of violent protests that killed two police officers and wounded 340.

The government said it has also arrested 1,400 workers

Oslo, Norway
Reuters

Brazil must demonstrate it can reduce the ongoing deforestation in the Amazon before Norway will resume payments in support of preserving the world's largest rainforest, the Norwegian environment minister told Reuters.

Norway worked closely with Brazil to protect the vulnerable ecosystem between 2008 and 2018,

Lima, Peru
Reuters

Peruvian socialist Pedro Castillo, the shock winner of Sunday's presidential election first round, has laid down a marker as the defender of the poor ahead of a run-off vote in June.

The little-known union leader and teacher, who rode on a horse to vote and

Zurich, Switzerland
Reuters

US regulators have recommended pausing the use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine as they investigate rare blood clotting in six women, including one who died. 

J&J also said it was delaying the rollout of its vaccine in Europe. US officials said the temporary halt

Rome, Italy
AP

A bishop in Minnesota resigned Tuesday at the request of Pope Francis after he was investigated by the Vatican for allegedly interfering with past investigations into clergy sexual abuse, officials said.

The Vatican said Francis accepted the resignation of Crookston Bishop Michael Hoeppner and named

Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Reuters

The tiny eastern Caribbean island of Saint Vincent was rocked by a fifth day of eruptions from the La Soufriere volcano on Tuesday as leaders warned of shortages of water and the potential need for hundreds of millions of dollars to

RNS

The Catholic-run welcome centre in Nogales, Mexico, was the last stop for many migrants before crossing the border into the United States. But what once was a way station has become a waiting room, as staffers report the average amount of time people now spend in the

Tokyo, Japan
Reuters

Japan will release more than a million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, the government said on Tuesday, a move China called "extremely irresponsible", while South Korea summoned Tokyo's ambassador in Seoul to protest.

The first release of

Vatican City
RNS

After decades of child sexual abuse scandals, the Catholic Church is ready to share its successes - and failures - with other religious and lay institutions.

At an 8th to 10th April online symposium with religious representatives from around the world, Pope Francis expressed his

Washington DC, US
Reuters

President Joe Biden plans to withdraw the remaining 2,500 US troops from Afghanistan by 11th September, 2021, 20 years to the day after the al-Qaeda attacks that triggered America's longest war, US officials said on Tuesday.

The disclosure of the plan came on the

Geneva, Switzerland/Johannesburg, South Africa
Reuters

Almost one million people face severe hunger in northern Mozambique, where hundreds of thousands have fled Islamist militant attacks, the United Nations food agency said on Tuesday.

Islamic State-linked insurgents last month attacked Palma, a town in Cabo Delgado province next to gas

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

A tropical cyclone on Australia's west coast destroyed several homes and cut electricity to tens of thousands of people overnight before weakening on Monday morning. 

Officials said around 70 per cent of the structures in the coastal town of Kalbarri, about 500 kilometres north of

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