Columbia, South Carolina
AP

Rapper Kanye West, in his first event since declaring himself a presidential candidate, ranted against historical figure Harriet Tubman on Sunday, saying the Underground Railroad conductor “never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people”, comments that drew shouts

New York City, US
Thomson Reuters Foundation

When Fabian Rogers first heard that his landlord wanted to install facial recognition cameras at the entrance of his New York City building, the recent university graduate was suspicious. 

His flat was affordable because it was rent-stabilized by law, he

Lucknow, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A lower-caste Dalit couple in India attempted suicide after police beat them and destroyed their crops, triggering calls on Thursday for an end to brutal evictions of poor minorities.

An online video showing half a dozen police officers dragging and beating the couple

Berlin, Germany
AP

The coronavirus pandemic has found fresh legs around the world, as confirmed deaths pass 600,000 and countries from the US to South Africa to India struggle to contain a surge of new infections. Hong Kong issued tougher new rules on wearing face masks, Spain closed

Melbourne, Australia
Reuters

People in Melbourne must now wear masks when leaving their homes as Victoria, Australia's second most-populous state, marked two weeks of triple-digit increases in new coronavirus infections on Sunday.

Melbournians not wearing face coverings will be fined $A200, said Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews.

RNS

On Friday, Christian author Matthew Paul Turner came out as gay via Facebook and Instagram and announced that he and his wife, fellow writer Jessica Turner, are divorcing.

Matthew Paul Turner is the former editor of CCM , a magazine covering contemporary Christian music, but he is

Birmingham, Alabama, US
AP

From his childhood, when he preached to chickens in the dirt-poor South, to his decades as a moral force in Congress, religious faith was a constant in the life of Representative John Lewis. 

Lewis spent boyhood days as a make-believe minister, preaching to a

Vatican City
AP

The Vatican has indicated its support for a campaign to provide a proper Christian burial for hundreds of babies and toddlers by first exhuming their bodies from the grounds of a Catholic-run Irish home for unwed mothers.

The Vatican’s ambassador to Ireland, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus

Johannesburg, South Africa
AP

South Africa on Saturday became one of the top five worst-hit countries in the coronavirus pandemic, as breathtaking new infection numbers around the world were a reminder that a return to normal life is still far from sight.

The World Health Organization again reported

RNS

Rev CT Vivian, a minister and advocate for civil rights who worked with Rev Martin Luther King, Jr, died on Friday in Atlanta.

Cordy Tindell “CT" Vivian was 95. His daughter, Denise Morse, confirmed his death, describing him to Atlanta TV station 11Alive as "one of the most

Rome, Italy
Thomson Reuters Foundation

After enduring the hottest decade on record, India aims to keep its homes and workplaces cool without raising energy consumption with one simple change: raising the temperature settings on air conditioners.

The government has mandated a default temperature of 24 degrees Celsius instead

Seoul, South Korea
AP

South Korean prosecutors on Friday questioned the leader of a secretive church sect over accusations it hampered the government’s anti-virus response after thousands of COVID-19 infections were detected among its members in February and March. 

Lee Man-hee, the 88-year-old chairman of the Shincheonji Church

Washington DC, US
RNS

US faith leaders are speaking out against the US Government’s decision to begin executing federal prisoners, decrying the Trump administration’s decision to end a nearly two-decade-longmoratorium on the federal death penalty.

The outcry comes as the US Department of Justice carried out its second

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

British police said on Thursday they are scrapping forms that allowed prosecutors to search rape complainants' private data, after sustained pressure to end the "intrusive" practice.

The move comes after a year-long legal campaign by Britain's Centre for Women's Justice, on behalf

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