Washington, DC
Reuters

Hong Kong democracy activists urged members of the US Congress on Tuesday to pass legislation to combat human rights abuses in the city, rejecting any suggestion that such a move would be inappropriate US involvement in another country's affairs.

"This is not a plea for

Rome
Thomson Reuters Foundation

It may be possible to help tackle climate change while still munching on the occasional bacon sandwich or slurping a few oysters, a new study suggested on Tuesday.

Scientists found that diets in which meat, fish or dairy products were consumed only once a

Vatican City
RNS

Following an attempt by the Vatican to exercise control over its upcoming and reform-driven gathering, the Catholic Church in Germany has made it clear that it has no intention of backing down, proving to be yet another wedge in the internal church wars that have

London
Reuters

The world is facing a mounting threat of disease pandemics that could kill millions and wreak havoc on the global economy, a international expert panel has warned, and governments should work to prepare for and mitigate that risk.

The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, co-convened by the

The World Evangelical Alliance has this week launched a global campaign to mark 2020 as the Year of the Bible.

The initiative, which was launched by Bishop Efraim Tendero, secretary-general of the WEA, is also supported by Pope Francis, the global Lausanne network, Youth With A Mission, the United Bible

Barcelona, Spain
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Everyone in the world could be provided with clean, affordable electric power by a global deadline of 2030 if international funding toward the effort is used more intelligently, the UN official in charge of the task said.

Rachel Kyte, the UN secretary-general's special

Melbourne, Australia
Reuters

Lawyers for former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell on Tuesday filed an appeal to Australia's High Court in a final bid to overturn his conviction for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choir boys, the High Court said.

Pell is seeking leave to appeal the state of

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Bangladesh said on Monday it has appointed a former judge to advise on how to clear a huge backlog of trafficking cases after coming under international pressure to do more to tackle the crime.

Bangladesh has been on a US State Department watchlist

Bogota, Colombia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Armed with a mobile app, Glenis Barragan has been knocking from door to door in the poor neighbourhoods of Colombia's northern city of Cucuta, aiming to combat the spread of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease.

In the past year, Barragan has

Reuters

As some world leaders question whether the world is facing a climate emergency, more than a dozen cities are stepping up to tackle global warming and sustainable development and will next week pledge to report their progress to the United Nations. 

Sixteen cities will commit to

Paris
RNS

The network of émigré Russian Orthodox parishes in Western Europe, founded in Paris by refugees from the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, appears to be headed for years of complex canonical and legal disputes after their archbishop announced on Saturday that he would rejoin the Moscow Patriarchate and

Jerusalem
RNS

A fire that destroyed an ancient Holy Land church near the Sea of Galilee around 700 AD appears to have preserved the church’s beautiful mosaic floor, which includes depictions of baskets, loaves and fish as well as inscriptions.

The floor was protected by a layer

Rome, Italy
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The world must diversify its food production and consumption, or face damaging supply disruptions that could lead to suffering and social unrest, scientists warned on Monday.

A new global study found the health and environmental benefits of transforming the way we farm would

Reuters

An Australian state will spend tens of thousands of dollars each month to truck water into a drought-hit town that is forecast to run out of drinking water by December.

The north-eastern state of Queensland has announced $A2.4 million in emergency funds, which would include $A800,000 per

London
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Monopoly is turning the gender pay gap upside down with a new version of the board game where women earn more than men, its creators - inspired by female trailblazers - said last week.

Ms Monopoly replaces the game's familiar mustachioed real-estate mogul on

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