Los Angeles, US
AP

Anti-Semitic hate crimes in California rose nearly 12 per cent in 2019, including a fatal shooting at a Southern California synagogue, even as hate crimes overall declined statewide by 4.8 per cent, according to a state report released Wednesday.

Hate crimes are historically under-reported

Barcelona, Spain
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Spain must urgently protect thousands of women brought over from Morocco as essential workers to pick strawberries during the new coronavirus pandemic in abysmal conditions and without basic hygiene, a United Nations rapporteur said on Wednesday. 

About 3,000 Moroccan women travel to Spain,

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The Democratic Republic of Congo must do more to end the use of child soldiers by the military and armed groups, its human rights minister said after the US Government commended the country's progress on fighting human trafficking.

The central

AP

About seven in 10 white evangelical Protestants approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of his job, according to a new survey -- support from a cornerstone of his political base that has remained strong following a polarising church visit and a Supreme Court ruling on LGBT discrimination

Cairo, Egypt
AP

Egypt’s highest court on Wednesday upheld a death sentence for a former monk convicted of killing an abbot in a desert monastery north of Cairo in 2018.

The Court of Cassation also reduced a death sentence against another former monk to life in prison.

Vatican City
RNS

Cardinal George Pell, the former Vatican treasurer who was recently cleared of historic sex abuse charges in his native country of Australia, spoke about his experience in prison, Pope Francis’ financial reform and the need to avoid corruption in a video released on Tuesday.

“In

Nairobi, Kenya
Thomson Reuters Foundation

More than 40,000 people across East Africa have been forcibly evicted from their homes since March, putting them at risk of contracting the new coronavirus, said charities on Wednesday, calling for a moratorium on all evictions during the pandemic.

The Norwegian Refugee Council

New York City, US
Reuters

The UN Security Council on Wednesday finally backed UN chief Antonio Guterres' 23rd March call for a global truce amid the coronavirus pandemic, adopting a resolution after months of talks to win a compromise between the United States and China.

The resolution, drafted

Morning Star News

Legislation passed by parliament in Iran could make it easier to arrest and imprison Christians and other religious minorities, rights advocates said.

Under amendments to articles 499 and 500 of the Islamic Penal Code, those found guilty of “deviant psychological manipulation” or “propaganda contrary to

Johannesburg, South Africa
Thomson Reuters Foundation

South African campaigners on Tuesday welcomed a court ruling that will make it harder for police to raid poor city dwellers' homes, following recent protests over operations to enforce the coronavirus lockdown.

The Johannesburg High Court ruling, which effectively bans police

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Homeless vendors of Britain's Big Issue are being equipped with face masks, rubber gloves and contactless payment terminals as the magazine prepares to return to the streets following the easing of lockdown measures.

Sold by the homeless and other vulnerable people, the Big

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Koalas in the Australian state of New South Wales could become extinct by 2050 unless the government immediately intervenes to protect them and their habitat, a parliamentary inquiry determined after a year-long inquiry.

Land clearing for agriculture, urban development, mining and forestry had been

Updated: 9.15pm AEST
Hong Kong, China
Reuters

Hong Kong police fired water cannon and tear gas and arrested nearly 200 people on Wednesday as protesters took to the streets in defiance of sweeping security legislation introduced by China that critics say is aimed at snuffing out dissent.

Beijing

Jackson, Mississippi, US
AP

With a stroke of the Governor’s pen, Mississippi is retiring the last state flag in the US with the Confederate battle emblem - a symbol that’s widely condemned as racist.

Republican Governor Tate Reeves signed the historic bill on Tuesday at the Governor's Mansion, immediately removing

Vatican City
RNS

Six months into 2020, nations around the world are already floundering to salvage their crippled economies.

The Vatican is no exception.

St Peter’s Square is closed in Vatican City on Palm on Sunday, 5th April in Rome. PICTURE: Claire Giangravé/RNS/File photo.

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