Vatican City
RNS

Vatican police have raided the office and apartment of Monsignor Alberto Perlasca, a former top deputy in the Catholic Church’s powerful Secretariat of State, seizing documents and computers, according to a Vatican statement issued on Tuesday.

The raid was ordered by Gian Piero Milano, the

Updated: 10.15am
Nashville, Tennessee, US
RNS

The Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee will launch a taskforce to examine the activities of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the convention’s public policy organisation headed by the theologian and author Russell Moore.

Southern Baptist leaders fear controversy over Moore

Beijing/Shanghai, China
Reuters

The number of new coronavirus infections in mainland China fell below 2,000 on Tuesday for the first time since January, although global experts warn it is still too early to say the outbreak is being contained.

The economic fallout from the epidemic spread to US

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
BosNewsLife

Suspected Islamic gunmen interrupted a weekly worship service at a Protestant church in northern Burkina Faso, killing 24 people, authorities confirmed late on Monday. Another 18 people were wounded in Sunday’s attack in Pansy town in Yagha province, the regional governor said.

“The armed

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

An analysis of Asia's worst ocean polluters shows Malaysians are the biggest individual consumers of plastic packaging, green group WWF said on Monday, urging the government to limit single-use plastics and work with companies to fund a recycling push.

The WWF report

Chiang Rai, Thailand
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A major Thai coffee brand has vowed to repay about 200 farmers who were forced to take out loans while waiting nearly three years for payment, leaving them with spiralling debts.

Doi Chaang Coffee - which has more than 50 franchises in

Bangkok, Thailand
Thomson Reuters Foundation

As the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the new coronavirus, becomes the latest urban centre to face a deadly disease outbreak, city planners and physicians say such densely packed hubs are particularly vulnerable and may need a redesign.

Wuhan, a city

Zurich, Switzerland
Reuters

A Swiss court granted German liquor maker Mast-Jaegermeister brand protection for its logo displaying a stag with a cross between its antlers, saying the symbol was unlikely to offend Christians' religious feelings.

In the ruling published on Monday, the Federal Administrative Court overruled the Swiss

Beirut/Amman, Jordan
Reuters

The Syrian army said on Monday it had taken full control of dozens of towns in Aleppo's northwestern countryside and it would press on with its campaign to wipe out militant groups "wherever they are found".

The advances were made after President Bashar al-Assad's forces

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Massive swarms of desert locusts are invading east Africa, ravaging crops, decimating pasture and deepening a food crisis in a region where more than 25 million people are already hungry.   

Here's what you should know about desert locusts:

What causes locust swarms?
Desert locusts

New York, US/Beijing, China
Reuters

With the coronavirus outbreak in China continuing to spread, McDonald's Corp, Starbucks Corp and other fast-food companies are ramping up "contactless" pickup and delivery services to keep their workers and customers safe, the companies said. 

McDonald's has implemented contactless pickup and delivery of

Jerusalem, Israel/The Hague, Netherlands
Reuters

Israel's Prime Minister on Sunday hailed what he called efforts by friendly states to stop the International Criminal Court opening an investigation into alleged war crimes against Palestinians.

The court's chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in January there was enough evidence for an

Updated: 2.30pm
Shanghai, China
Reuters

The number of reported new cases of coronavirus in China's Hubei province rose on Monday after two days of falls, as authorities imposed tough new restrictions on movement to prevent the spread of the disease which has now killed more than 1,700 people.

Nairobi, Kenya
Religion Unplugged

Kenyans are divided on the media freedoms and human rights legacy of their former president Daniel arap Moi, the evangelist who sold a cow to buy his first Bible, only to later to plunge into politics. Moi died on 4th February and

Podgorica, Montenegro/Budapest, Hungary
BosNewsLife

The Prime Minister of Montenegro has met with the top Serbian Orthodox Church bishop in the Balkan nation to defuse mounting tensions over a new law on religious rights. Their meeting follows widespread protests against the legislation.

Montenegro’s Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and Bishop Amfilohije,

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