Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reuters

Troops in Sri Lanka handed tokens on Monday to people queueing for petrol amid a severe fuel shortage in the nation battling its worst economic crisis in seven decades, while schools shut in Colombo and public employees were asked to work from home. 

With

London, UK
Reuters

Vladimir Putin will visit two small former Soviet states in central Asia this week, Russian state television reported on Sunday, in what would be the Russian leader's first known trip abroad since ordering the invasion of Ukraine.

Russia's 24th February invasion has killed thousands of

Manila, Philippines
Reuters

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's office said on Saturday it was "exasperated" with International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan and his plan to resume an investigation into killings during the government's crackdown on drugs.

Khan said on Friday that a deferral of the ICC's probe

Vatican City
AP

Pope Francis on Sunday hailed as a martyr an Italian missionary nun slain in Haiti, where she cared for poor children.

The Diocese of Milan says Sister Luisa Dell’Orto, 64, was slain “during an armed aggression, probably with the aim of robbery," in Port-au-Prince, the

Vienna, Austria
Reuters

Places including US states that have legalised cannabis appear to have increased its regular use, while COVID lockdowns had a similar effect, raising the risk of depression and suicide, a UN report said on Monday.

Cannabis has long been the world's most widely used

Melbourne, Australia

A world-leading research organisation identifying church values has concluded religious leaders have a long way to go to meet community expectations around supporting victims of domestic and family violence. 

The latest research from the National Church Life Survey concluded that two thirds of clergy and

Kampala, Uganda

A decision by President Yoweri Museveni to lift the ban on the activities of the Democratic Governance Facility - the main Western donor fund supporting dozens of charities and religious NGOs in the country - has stirred mixed reactions from the clergy and other stakeholders. 

Kabul, Afghanistan
Reuters

Afghanistan's Taliban administration on Saturday called on international governments to roll back sanctions and lift a freeze on central bank assets following the earthquake that killed more than 1,000 people and left thousands homeless.

Afghan women carry water containers through the debris

Rome, Italy
AP

Congo’s Catholic bishops, coping with disappointment over a scrubbed visit by Pope Francis, said Saturday that his decision to go ahead with a trip to Canada was an “encouraging sign” that his knee treatment was working, as they held out hope for a rescheduled date.

Schloss Elmau, Germany
Reuters

US President Joe Biden told allies "we have to stay together" against Russia on Sunday as G7 leaders gathered for a summit dominated by war in Ukraine and its impact on food and energy supplies and the global economy.

At the start of

Kyiv/Pokrovsk, Ukraine
Reuters

Russian missiles struck an apartment block and close to a kindergarten in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Sunday, in strikes US President Joe Biden condemned as "barbarism" as world leaders gathered in Europe to discuss further sanctions against Moscow.

Up to four explosions shook

Rome, Italy
AP

Pope Francis celebrated families Saturday and urged them to shun “selfish” decisions that are indifferent to life as he closed out a big Vatican rally a day after the US Supreme Court ended constitutional protections for abortion.

Francis didn’t refer to the ruling or explicitly mention

Kigali, Rwanda
Reuters

The hostel in Rwanda where Britain plans to send migrants under its controversial asylum-seeker deportation policy is preparing to house children, its manager said, with the prospect of youngsters being sent there with their parents.

Under an agreement struck in April, Britain will send tens

London, UK
Reuters

Fifteen children have drowned in flash floods that swept through Bangladesh with another 3.5 million urgently needing clean drinking water as the risk of waterborne diseases grows, UNICEF's country representative has said. 

"That's a staggering number of children and an increase over the last couple

Kigali, Rwanda
Reuters

The newly-expanded Commonwealth made broad commitments on Saturday to address climate change and boost trade, concluding a summit aimed at shoring up the relevance of a group that evolved from the British empire.

The club, whose 56 members range from India to the tiny Pacific

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