Ankara, Turkey
AP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to join hundreds of worshippers Friday for the first Muslim prayers at the Hagia Sophia in 86 years, after a controversial high court ruling paved the way for the landmark monument to be turned back into a mosque. 

Atlanta, US
AP

The nation paid its final respects Thursday to Rev CT Vivian, a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement who helped end segregation across the South and left an abiding imprint on US history.

Vivian, a close ally of Rev Martin Luther King, Jr, was mourned

Singapore
Reuters

The amount of plastic waste flowing into the ocean and killing marine life could triple in the next 20 years, unless companies and governments can drastically reduce plastic production, a new study published on Thursday said.

Single-use plastic consumption has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, according

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Australia reported its highest daily number of coronavirus-related deaths in three months on Thursday as new infections continued to climb in its second most populous state.

Victoria state said it had confirmed another 403 infections, while five people had died from the virus in the

New York City, US
Reuters

A temporary basic income for the world's poorest 2.7 billion people in 132 developing countries could help slow the spread of the coronavirus by allowing them to stay home, according to a UN Development Programme report released on Thursday.

The report suggests three

Mumbai, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Coronavirus quarantine charges levied by an Indian state on migrant workers who are being flown home from Gulf nations will drive many returnees further into debt and put them at risk of destitution, campaigners and labourers said on Wednesday.

India in May began

Reuters

World leaders will send videos instead of physically gathering at the United Nations in September due to the coronavirus pandemic, the General Assembly decided on Wednesday, a move that paves the way for people wary of traveling to the United States - like North Korean ruler Kim

Bogota, Colombia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Ecuador's Indigenous groups in the Amazon have launched an information dashboard to monitor the coronavirus and identify contagion hotspots as the disease spreads through the rainforest and threatens ancient cultures, a leading rights group said on Tuesday.

The dashboard, a collection of charts

RNS

People may be reading the news and “doomscrolling” through social media during the coronavirus pandemic.

But what they don’t appear to be reading is the Bible.

That’s according to the 10 annual State of the Bible survey released on Wednesday (22nd July) by the American Bible Society.

Geneva/Zurich, Switzerland
Reuters

Researchers are making "good progress" in developing vaccines against COVID-19, with a handful in late-stage trials, but their first use cannot be expected until early 2021, a World Health Organization expert said on Wednesday.

WHO is working to ensure fair vaccine distribution, but in the

Sydney, Australia/London, UK
Reuters

Global coronavirus infections surged past 15 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, with the pandemic gathering pace even as countries remain divided in their response to the crisis.

In the United States, which has the highest number of cases in the world

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Bored of seeing the same view day after day under lockdown? Why not try swapping it for one on the other side of the world?

That is the idea behind a website that allows people to travel the world virtually by sharing videos

Reno, Nevada, US
AP

A rural church trying to persuade the US Supreme Court to suspend Nevada’s 50 person cap on worship services is accusing Governor Steve Sisolak of adding the church’s county to a list of those with elevated cases of COVID-19 as part of a “litigation

Mexico City, Mexico
AP

Mexico passed the 40,000-death mark Tuesday and reported near-record levels of newly confirmed coronavirus cases. 

The Health Department reported that COVID-19 deaths rose by 915 to reach 40,400, the fourth highest total behind the United Kingdom at 45,507. 

A man not

Bangkok, Thailand
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Thai agricultural workers in Israel will be at greater risk of labour abuses under a new partnership between the governments, advocates said, voicing concerns that the United Nations migration agency would no longer oversee the process.

Thailand's Department of Employment this week signed

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