A Franciscan monk from rural Kenya who gives away 80 per cent of his income to community projects has been crowned the world's best teacher and awarded a $US1 million prize.

Peter Tabichi. PICTURE: Courtesy of the Varkey Foundation.

Peter Tabichi, 36, teaches maths and

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Mexico's new government is reviewing the country's "failing" anti-human trafficking policy with a focus on providing better support for victims, a top official said, after academics and activists criticised previous efforts as lacking impact.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office in December, and has

Robert "Bob" V Finley, the founder of US mission organisations Christian Aid Mission and International Students, Inc, has died at the age of 96.

Finley, who was born in Virginia where he attended university, worked as an evangelist with Youth for Christ and the InterVarsity Christian

The death toll from Cyclone Idai in the southern African nations of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi has now passed at least 600 with thousands of people still in need of immediate help.

The cyclone striuck Mozambique earlier this month centred on the port city of Beira before moving over land

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Dozens of empty red dresses sway in the wind at the foot of Capitol Hill, reminding passersby of the thousands of native women recorded murdered or missing in the United States and Canada in recent decades.

An art installation launched this month at the

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Children under age 15 are almost three times more likely to die from diseases due to lack of clean water and sanitation than from violence in countries in conflict, the United Nations' children's agency reported on Friday.

Most vulnerable are young children under age five,


Scores of religious and civil rights organizations have asked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to request an evaluation by a UN expert of the scope of racism in the country.

“While we appreciate the US’s stated commitment to fighting racism, we believe that commitment ought to

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Civil society groups rejected Guinea's first policy seeking to protect people displaced by mines and dams on Thursday, saying it would worsen poverty and conflict in the mineral-rich nation.

Seven human rights and development organisations asked the government not to adopt the proposed

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Home sharing initiatives that link cash-strapped young people with elderly home owners are becoming popular with governments around the world as they seek to tackle the twin crises of homelessness and loneliness, experts said on Thursday.

Home sharing, which usually involves an older

Andrew Tierney (right) was among those Australian artists who joined in expressing their love in the wake of the New Zealand terror attacks.

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In a shift that stands to impact both religion and politics, survey data suggests that the percentage of Americans who don’t affiliate with any specific religious tradition is now roughly the same as those who identify as evangelical or Catholic.

According to newly released General Social Survey


For Rev Kaji Douša, senior pastor of Park Avenue Christian Church in New York, crossing the US-Mexico border is a fairly uneventful activity. A former San Diego resident, she had passed through the US Customs and Border Protection checkpoints many times in the past without incident.


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At least half a million survivors of a powerful cyclone in southeast Africa are at risk of fatal diseases, from cholera and dysentery to malaria, aid workers warned on Thursday, as rescue teams struggled to reach flood-hit communities.

Packing wind speeds of up to 170

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Water use has been increasing worldwide by about one per cent a year since the 1980s and researchers expect it to rise a further 20 to 30 per cent from today's level by 2050.

Demand has surged in developing countries and emerging

The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed concern over calls for the recitation of the Lord's Prayer to be removed from the daily opening of Parliament in the state of Victoria, urging that the century old tradition to be retained.

The idea of dropping the prayer from the formal proceedings opening




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