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Wellington, New Zealand
Reuters

Thousands of Maori people protested across New Zealand on Tuesday calling for an end to the practice of taking at-risk children away from their families, as tensions grow between the Indigenous community and the government.

Children facing harm have been moved into

RNS

A young woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a youth minister at a church camp is suing the Village Church for more than $US1 million for gross negligence and the emotional distress the alleged abuse has caused her.

According to the lawsuit obtained by Religion News

Barcelona, Spain
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg is taking a year off school to pursue her campaign to curb global warming in the Americas, which she will reach by sailboat on a transatlantic voyage.

She will travel from Britain to the United States, leaving in

Yaounde, Cameroon
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Too much plastic and not enough schools are scourges of modern life many countries face. Now a factory in West Africa will try to tackle both by transforming old flip-flops and car tyres into bricks to build classrooms.

The factory in Ivory Coast

Christian organisation GFA World has called for Christians around the world to pray as a drought in southern India puts hundreds of millions at risk.

GFA World, formerly known as Gospel for Asia, says that as many as 600 million people - almost half of India's population - face

Chicago, US
RNS

In 2013, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago held the single largest giving campaign in its history, bringing in pledges totaling $US427 million.

Of that, $US150 million was supposed to be set aside by the archdiocese to fund its schools through the Catholic Education

London
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Companies that find their products are being made using slave labour should work with suppliers to stop the abuse rather than focusing on protecting their reputations, Britain's anti-slavery commissioner said on Monday.

Sara Thornton said many people used in forced labour were highly vulnerable

Australian mining companies funnelled an estimated $A1.1 billion out of Africa through the use of tax havens in 2015 - a figure which equates to almost $A289 million in lost tax revenue, according to a new report.

Cover of the joint report

The joint report

Pope Francis has again appealed to the international community to act "promptly" and "decisively" to avoid further tragedies involving would-be migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Africa to Europe.

His comments follow news last week that up to 150 people are feared to have drowned after their boat

London
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A majority of Britons think climate change will be a more important issue than Brexit in the future, a poll showed on Friday, a day after the country sweated in a heatwave, hitting its highest temperature for July.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson took

Bangkok, Thailand
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The launch of facial recognition technology at two Indian airports and plans to place it in police stations have stoked fears over privacy and increased surveillance among human rights groups in the country.

The "paperless biometric technology" launched in Bengaluru airport last week

Washington, DC/Guatemala City
Reuters

US President Donald Trump on Friday said he agreed to drop the threat of economic sanctions against Guatemala after the country said it would implement new measures aimed at reducing US asylum claims from migrants fleeing Honduras and El Salvador.

The Trump administration

Cardiff, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

From street vendors to asylum seekers, nearly 500 men and women gathered in Cardiff on Saturday to kick off the 17th Football Homeless World Cup, in a bid to tackle social exclusion and offer a respite from rough sleeping.

The week-long tournament,

Chennai, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A ruling by India's top court that a garment firm must pay pensions to women who worked from home in the 1990s could help millions of "invisible" workers access staff benefits, labour rights activists said on Friday.

The Supreme Court this week directed

Riohacha, Colombia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

It is mid-morning and the Rancheria community kitchen in northern Columbia is already full of families queuing for a free meal of pasta with chicken, bread and guava juice. 

Hundreds of Venezuelan migrants rely on the community kitchen for survival, among them Marbellis

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