Sydney, Australia
Reuters

A tropical cyclone on Australia's west coast destroyed several homes and cut electricity to tens of thousands of people overnight before weakening on Monday morning. 

Officials said around 70 per cent of the structures in the coastal town of Kalbarri, about 500 kilometres north of

Vatican City
RNS

Italian prosecutors have asked a judge for an arrest warrant for Gianluigi Torzi, accusing the financier of money laundering and tax evasion. Torzi is already embroiled in a legal battle with the Vatican's judiciary for his alleged role in the controversial purchase of a London

Moscow, Russia
Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin marked the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic space flight on Monday with a pledge that Moscow would remain a key space and nuclear power.

Gagarin became the first human in outer space on 12th April, 1961, in one of the

Los Angeles, US
AP

California on Monday lifted its limits on indoor worship services in the face of US Supreme Court rulings that struck down the coronavirus public health mandates.

However, the state Department of Public Health guidelines still said indoor gatherings were “strongly discouraged" and advised limiting

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

Confusion and complacency in addressing COVID-19 means the pandemic is a long way from over, but it can be brought under control in months with proven public health measures, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.

So far some 780 million vaccines have been

New Delhi, India
Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees flocked on Monday to take a holy bath in India's Ganges river, even as the nation racked up the world's highest tally of new daily coronavirus infections.

With 168,912 new cases, India accounts for one in six of

RNS

Brian Houston, co-founder of the global megachurch Hillsong, announced in an email on Saturday that the church's leadership had decided to "pause all operations" at its Dallas, Texas, location.

"Many factors, all amplified by the pandemic have resulted in the difficult decision," Houston wrote in the email

Windsor, England
Reuters

Prince Harry praised Prince Philip on Monday for his devotion to "granny" Queen Elizabeth, and described the late duke as a mischievous host who could captivate his guests with unpredictable remarks.

Philip, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II who had been at her side throughout

Port-au-Prince
Reuters

Five priests and two nuns were kidnapped in Haiti on Sunday, a Catholic priest said, with two French citizens among the hostages in the Caribbean nation increasingly riven by kidnappings and violent crime.

The clergy members were kidnapped in the commune of Croix-des-Bouquets, northeast of the

Nairobi, Kenya
Reuters

At least 34 people drowned when a boat carrying migrants from Yemen capsized off the coast of Djibouti, the International Organisation for Migration said on Monday. 

Bodies of suspected migrants who died after their boat capsized are seen arranged after they were

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Human traffickers across Europe have taken advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to exploit more vulnerable people, while efforts to bring them to justice and support their victims have been disrupted, a European human rights body said on Friday.

COVID-19 restrictions and the economic

Lima, Peru
Reuters

Far-left candidate Pedro Castillo is leading the Peruvian presidential race with 16.1 per cent of the vote, followed by conservative Keiko Fujimori and liberal economist Hernando de Soto, tied in second place with 11.9 per cent, according to an Ipsos exit poll released on Sunday

RNS

A bestselling book on prayer has some Christians upset and calling on Target stores to remove it from their shelves.

A Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal  - edited by progressive Christian author Sarah Bessey - features a number

Jakarta, Indonesia
Reuters

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Sunday ordered swift rescue and relief efforts after eight people died in an earthquake that hit off southern Java island.

Three others were badly injured in Saturday's magnitude-5.9 quake and more than 1,180 buildings were damaged, most of them

Updated: 2.45pm
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Reuters

Cambodia condemned images published by US media group VICE featuring newly colourised photographs of the Khmer Rouge "killing fields" victims, saying the images were an insult to the dead because some mugshots had been altered to add smiles.

VICE removed the article

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