RNS

Kanye West is running for president, and he believes God told him to do it.

That’s according to an interview West conducted with Forbes magazine this week, in which he discussed his newly announced bid to win the White House as an independent candidate.

In

RNS

The Supreme Court has ruled that religious school teachers who perform a religious role, even if they are not ordained, and even if religious instruction makes up a small part of their overall responsibilities, are subject to a ministerial exception from civil rights protections afforded to

Rome, Italy
AP

Pope Francis denounced the unimaginable “hell” of Libya’s migrant detention camps as he celebrated a Mass on Wednesday in honor of would-be asylum seekers who risk their lives for a better future.

Wednesday marked the seventh anniversary of Francis’ visit to the Sicilian island of

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

Global leaders called for a comprehensive approach to counter the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which International Labour Organization chief Guy Ryder said on Wednesday had plunged the world of work into "unprecedented crisis".

"Let's be clear: it's not a choice between health or jobs

Vienna, Austria
Reuters

A rush by countries to buy personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic has created an opportunity for criminal groups, which are peddling sub-standard equipment and likely to move on to medicines soon, a UN report said on Wednesday.

Criminals have adapted quickly, also running

Kathmandu, Nepal
Thomson Reuters Foundation

After conquering Mount Everest and shattering taboos, two Nepali Sherpa widows face a new challenge - the coronavirus pandemic which has shut down all climbing and trekking activities, leaving them without jobs.

Nima Doma Sherpa and Furdiki Sherpa made global headlines when they

Chicago, US
RNS

Wheaton College has fired its chaplain over allegations of “inappropriate comments and actions of a racial and sexual nature toward other staff.

The flagship evangelical Christian college announced Rev Tim Blackmon’s dismissal on Friday, 3rd July, in an email to the campus community from Wheaton

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The announcement that a Brazilian man has become the first person to go into long-term remission from HIV after taking an intensified multi-drug cocktail of AIDS medicines has raised hopes of a future cure.

His is thought to be the first case of

New York City, US
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed complacency and "misplaced triumphalism" by international aid organisations that have taken credit for progress on eradicating extreme poverty, a top United Nations rights official said.

Global entities have failed to end severe hardship around the world,

Moscow, Russia
AP

A Russian court on Tuesday fined a coronavirus-denying monk who has challenged Kremlin lockdown orders for spreading false information about the pandemic.

The court in the Ural Mountains region ordered Father Sergiy to pay 90,000 rubles ($US1,250). The 65-year-old monk, who has attracted nationwide attention

Chennai, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The rare arrest of six police officers on murder charges over the death of two men in custody has emboldened victims to speak up against targeted police brutality in India, and demand an end to impunity.

Shopkeeper J Jayaraj, 59, and his son

Sao Paulo/Brasilia, Brazil
Reuters

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he tested positive for the novel coronavirus after months of playing down the severity of the virus and defying medical experts, even as the pandemic killed more than 65,000 people in his country.

The right-wing populist told

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

The World Health Organization on Tuesday acknowledged "evidence emerging" of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, after a group of scientists urged the global body to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease passes between people.

"We have been talking about the possibility

Updated: 11am, 8th July, 2020 AEST
New York City, US
AP

Churches connected to President Donald Trump and other organisations linked to current or former Trump evangelical advisers received at least $US17.3 million in loans from a federal rescue package designed to aid small businesses during the coronavirus

Nairobi, Kenya
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Kenya's President on Monday ordered an investigation into rising reports of violence against women and girls - including rape, domestic violence, female genital mutilation and child marriage - as a result of coronavirus restrictions.

Lockdowns to curb the spread of the new coronavirus

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