Los Angeles, US

The head of a Mexico-based evangelical megachurch that claims about five million followers worldwide was sentenced on Wednesday in a Los Angeles courtroom to 16 years and eight months in prison for sexually abusing three girls.

Naason Joaquin Garcia, leader and self-styled apostle of

Kyiv/Sloviansk, Ukraine

Ukrainian forces pulled back to the outskirts of the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk on Wednesday in the face of a fierce Russian assault, the regional governor said, another big swing in momentum in one of the bloodiest battles of the war. 

Russia has concentrated

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Belgium's King Philippe reaffirmed his deepest regrets on Wednesday for the exploitation, racism and acts of violence during his country's colonisation of the Democratic Republic of Congo, but again stopped short of formally apologising.

Philippe became the first Belgian official two years

Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistan will reduce its official work week to five days from six in a bid to reduce energy and fuel consumption as part of an energy conservation plan approved by the country's cabinet on Tuesday, the information minister said.

The move comes as hours-long power

Dhaka, Bangladesh

A deadly fire at a container depot in Bangladesh has laid bare the dangers still facing millions of the country's workers a decade after a series of tragedies in the export-focussed garment industry spurred a safety revolution.

Intense scrutiny of Bangladesh and the major

Mexico City, Mexico

Several of the alleged victims of the leader of a Mexico-based church are speaking out ahead of his sentencing, asking for him to receive maximum prison time.

Naason Joaquin, head of the evangelical La Luz del Mundo group, pleaded guilty on Friday to

London, UK

The world must "widen its gaze from the war in Ukraine" to prevent Somalia sliding into famine, the United Nations' children's agency said on Tuesday, warning only a third of the $US250 million needed to stave off catastrophe had so far been raised.

Four consecutive

United States

Catholic bishops from the US state of Colorado asked Catholic lawmakers who voted in favour of abortion rights legislation earlier this year to “voluntarily refrain from Holy Communion", according to an open letter signed on Monday and provided to Religion News Service.

“Voting for RHEA


The first transgender bishop of the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States has resigned amid criticism over the decision to remove the pastor of a Latino congregation on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in December.

“The constant misinformation, bullying and harassment has taken too

Abuja. Nigeria

Gunmen with explosives killed at least 38 persons including five children in an attack on a Catholic church in south-western Nigeria, the Ondo State Catholic Diocese has told The Associated Press.

Some of the dead "were taken to private hospitals and we have not


Police in the Canadian city of Hamilton have charged the disgraced former pastor of one of the country’s largest churches with sexual assault.

Bruxy Cavey, who grew The Meeting House into a megachurch with 20 campuses across the province of Ontario, was charged with one count

Vatican City

The Vatican on Tuesday unveiled a committee to oversee the ethics of its investments, even as a corruption trial related to a botched London real estate deal in which it lost more than €200 million continued.

The committee will be headed by a cardinal, Irish-American

Kyiv/Druzhkiva, Ukraine

Ukraine will fight to recover all its territory occupied by Russian forces, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Tuesday, as his troops struggled to hold their ground in bloody street-to-street fighting in the city of Sievierodonetsk.

"We have already lost too many people to simply

Bogota, Colombia

Colombian naval officials conducting underwater monitoring of the long-sunken San Jose galleon have discovered two other historical shipwrecks nearby, President Ivan Duque said on Monday.

The San Jose galleon, thought by historians to be carrying treasure that would be worth billions of dollars, sank

Tapachula, Mexico

Several thousand migrants, many from Venezuela, set off from southern Mexico early Monday aiming to reach the United States, timing their journey to coincide with the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles this week.

Migration activists said the group could be one

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