Bangkok, Thailand
Thomson Reuters Foundation

India has approved a plan to develop affordable rental housing for migrant workers after millions of labourers fled the nation's cities for villages amidst coronavirus lockdowns that left many of them without jobs and homes.

The scheme, part of a federal housing project

New York City, US
Thomson Reuters Foundation

North American Scrabble competitors will no longer be able to play racist and homophobic slurs from the "N-word" to "bumboy" and "poofs", the head of the players' association has said, in an 11th-hour ruling that went against his own advisory board.

Blantyre, Malawi
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Malawi's newly-elected President Lazarus Chakwera has appointed women to a record 12 of 31 cabinet positions, with the new female leaders vowing to use their roles to help other women.

Women now hold 39 per cent of the ministerial and deputy minister roles

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Rio de Janeiro has more than 640 deaths from coronavirus in its favelas, a new information dashboard showed on Thursday, part of an effort to combat underreporting of the disease in the city's slums.

The dashboard, a collection of charts and

San Gabriel, California
AP

A fire early Saturday destroyed the rooftop and most of the interior of a Catholic church in California that was undergoing renovation to mark its upcoming 250th anniversary celebration.

Fire alarms at the San Gabriel Mission rang around 4am. When firefighters arrived, they saw

Johannesburg, South Africa
AP

Five people are dead and more than 40 have been arrested after an early-morning hostage situation at a long-troubled church near Johannesburg, police in South Africa said Saturday.

A statement said police and military who responded to reports of a shooting at the International

Frankfurt, Germany/Vatican City
AP

The head of the World Council of Churches has written to Turkey's President expressing his “grief and dismay” over Turkey's decision to change the status of Istanbul's landmark Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque. 

As a World Heritage museum, “Hagia Sophia has

Sacramento, California, US
AP

Crossroads Community Church Senior Pastor Jim Clark wants to keep his 1,500 parishioners safe during the coronavirus pandemic but he's drawing the line at a new California ban on singing or chanting at religious services.

“I said enough’s enough,” Clark said. “We will be

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Looking to move away from traffic and congestion and start your new working-from-home life in a roomier house in a leafy area? You might get paid to do so. 

As the coronavirus pandemic boosts remote working and interest in suburban living around the globe, some

New York City, US
AP

The US Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $US1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual

Sao Paulo, Brazil
AP

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on Friday his second pick to head the education ministry in 11 days, naming a college professor and church pastor to the post.

Milton Ribeiro, a former deputy dean of Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo who preaches at a

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundatio n

Britain's efforts to stop labour exploitation in the local supply chains of fashion brands such as Boohoo will only succeed if workers are encouraged to report abuses without fear of retaliation, its anti-slavery tsar said this week.

Online fast fashion retailer Boohoo this

AP

Leaders of 12 Christian organisations on Friday urged the Trump administration to rescind a policy requiring international students to leave the U.S. or transfer if their colleges hold classes entirely online this fall, saying it “falls short of American ideals".

In a letter to Acting Secretary of

Ankara, Turkey
AP

The President of Turkey on Friday formally converted Istanbul’s sixth-century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and declared it open for Muslim worship, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that had made the religious landmark a museum.

The decision sparked deep dismay

Reuters

The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Friday, with the total rising by 228,102 in 24 hours.

The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report. The previous WHO record

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