RNS

At least two people in addition to President Trump who attended a ceremony last Saturday, 26th September, in the White House Rose Garden to present Judge Amy Coney Barrett as Trump's Supreme Court nominee have been infected with the coronavirus. 

Rev John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame

Reuters

US President Donald Trump said on Friday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was going into isolation.

Trump has mild symptoms, according to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. But the diagnosis, less than five weeks before the 3rd November election, has raised questions

RNS

A group of 50 religion scholars from around the world is calling on President Vladimir Putin and his administration to end the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.

The scholars' statement, released Thursday, follows the Center for Studies on New Religions’ one-day conference, “Jehovah’s Witnesses and

Bengaluru, India
Reuters

A mass roll-out of a COVID-19 vaccine in Britain could be finished in as little as three months, the Times reported, citing government scientists.

Scientists working on the Oxford vaccine hope regulators approve it before the beginning of 2021, the newspaper said.

A full COVID-19

Sao Paulo, Brazil
AP

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday nominated a judge with a record of flexible rulings to the country’s Supreme Court, frustrating evangelical members of his conservative base who had been promised one of their own for the opening.

Bolsonaro announced his nomination of Kassio

RNS

As news of President Donald Trump's positive COVID-19 test spread, prayers began flowing for his recovery and for the recovery of First Lady Melania Trump. 

Among the first to pray: former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump's rival in the current presidential race. President Trump tweeted the news

Washington DC, US
Reuters

US President Donald Trump is moving to a military hospital for treatment after being diagnosed with COVID-19, a White House official said on Friday, as his administration and election campaign scrambled to adjust to an extraordinary twist in his turbulent presidency.

Trump, 74, will

Washington DC, US
Reuters

US President Donald Trump said on Friday that he and his wife Melania had tested positive for COVID-19 and were going into quarantine, upending the race for the White House.

"We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through

Yangon, Myanmar/Bangkok, Thailand
AP

A Sweden-based organisation that promotes democracy and assists in organizing elections said Thursday it is not responsible for a smartphone application's inclusion of a controversial term describing the ethnic background of at least two candidates in Myanmar’s upcoming elections.

The International Institute for Democracy

RNS

A day after the subject of racism played a primary role during the Cleveland presidential debate, it was declared a religious issue at a virtual event of the Joe Biden presidential campaign.

“We know that as people of faith, racism flies in the face of the idea

Sao Paulo, Brazil
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Losses of Amazon rainforest are helping drive increasingly severe droughts in southern Brazil and Argentina that are contributing to surging wildfires there this season, a Brazilian scientist said.

More than three million hectares of land have burned this year in Brazil's wildlife-rich

Dakar, Senegal
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Unequal access to wealth is one of the main causes of worsening violence in West Africa's Sahel, which has forced millions to flee their homes, conflict analysts said on Thursday. 

While Islamist groups are active in the troubled region, just south of the

Washington DC, US
Thomson Reuters Foundation

From Bolivia to New Zealand, rivers and ecosystems in at least 14 countries have won the legal right to exist and flourish, as a new way of safeguarding nature gains steam, US environmental groups said on Thursday.

Rights of nature laws, allowing

New York City, US
Reuters

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday of a recent pushback against gender equality and women's rights and urged people to fight back as the United States slammed China and the world body for "the murder of millions of baby girls."

World leaders,

Vatican City
RNS

For the first time since 2016, the Vatican has released its financial budget for the administration of Roman Curia. “The faithful have the right to know how we utilise our resources,” said the prefect for economy at the Vatican, Rev Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves. 

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