Pittsburgh
AP

A Syrian refugee accused of plotting to bomb a Christian church in Pittsburgh and who was inspired by the Islamic State group pleaded guilty to a federal charge on Thursday and awaits sentencing.

Pittsburgh resident Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 23, entered the plea to attempting to

Nicosia, Cyprus
AP

Cyprus' Orthodox Church formally took charge Thursday of two ornately decorated 18th century doors stolen from a church in the ethnically divided island's breakaway north and reclaimed from a Japanese art college after a long legal battle.

Communications and Works Minister Yiannis Karousos said

Zurich, Switzerland
Reuters

The pace of climate change has not been slowed by the global COVID-19 pandemic and the world remains behind in its battle to cut carbon emissions, the United Nations said on Thursday.

The virus-related economic downturn caused only a temporary downturn in CO2 emissions last

Nairobi, Kenya
Reuters

Eritrean soldiers and Tigrayan militias raped, detained and killed Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray, an international rights watchdog said on Thursday. 

Human Rights Watch's report detailed attacks around two camps in Tigray, where local forces have battled the Ethiopian Government and their

United Nations
Reuters

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said any suggestion the world body can solve Afghanistan's problems is "a fantasy" and that its capacity to mediate for a more inclusive Taliban government is limited. 

Asked in an interview with Reuters a month after

Updated: 6pm (AEDT)
Sydney, Australia

Christian schools will meet with Victorian Government representatives in two weeks to state their case on proposed legislation to protect LGBTIQ+ people from discrimination in employment.

The State Government says its planned reforms will “strike a balance” between freedom of religion and equality for the

Nairobi, Kenya
RNS

Amid celebrations in a predominantly Anglican region in western Kenya, Rev Rose Okeno was enthroned as Bishop of the Butere Diocese on Sunday.

Okeno, 54, was consecrated in a ceremony presided over by Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit, the Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya,

Dakar, Senegal
Reuters

West African leaders will meet on Thursday to decide how to respond to the coup in Guinea and how to pressure the junta leaders to return the country to constitutional rule, Ghana's foreign minister said.

The 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has

Tapachula, Mexico
Reuters

Hundreds of migrants stuck in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas on Wednesday protested against the country's immigration policies that have frustrated their efforts to travel to the United States.

Many of the Central and Latin American migrants, including a large Haitian contingent, have been

RNS

Jessica Chastain remembers the “media sensationalism” that surrounded the larger-than-life image of the woman she portrays in The Eyes of Tammy Faye . But years before deciding to produce and star in the biopic, the actress realized she never came close to knowing who the person long known

Berlin, Germany
AP

Pope Francis has rejected the resignation of the Archbishop of Hamburg, who offered to step down in March after a report faulted him for his handling of sexual abuse allegations in his previous diocese.

The papal nuncio's office in Berlin said in a statement Wednesday

Brasilia, Brazil
Reuters

As more adults get their COVID-19 vaccines, children who are not yet eligible for vaccination in most countries are representing a larger percentage of hospitalisations and even deaths, the Pan American Health Organization warned on Wednesday.

Nine months in to this year, infections among children

Abuja, Nigeria
Reuters

At least one million Nigerian children could miss school this year as the new term begins amid a rise in mass school kidnappings and insecurity, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said on Wednesday.

Schools have become targets for mass abductions for ransom

AP

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Catholic bishops must minister with “compassion and tenderness,” not condemnation, to politicians who support abortion rights and warned that clerics shouldn’t let politics enter into questions about receiving Communion.

Francis was asked en route home from Slovakia about the debate in the

RNS

In a decision hailed by religious leaders who have taken up his cause, an Oklahoma parole board voted to recommend commutation of the death sentence of Julius Jones, who has been on death row for two decades. 

Rev Cece Jones-Davis, the Justice for Julius campaign director, said

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