Facebook Inc said on Friday it was allowing US-based political candidates to run branded content on its social networking platforms, but the content would not be catalogued in its advertising library.

Political campaigns and groups can now use the social media company's branded content tool, which allows

Pomona, California

A minister for La Luz Del Mundo, a Mexico-based Pentecostal movement that claims five million members, said new allegations of abuse against more than a dozen of its leaders are false and meant to disrespect their sacred celebration last week.

“We find these accusations


Organisers of a major Southern Baptist pastors conference are standing by their choice to feature a spoken word artist and pastor named Hosanna Wong despite a growing controversy over whether Wong's presence contradicts the Southern Baptist Convention's doctrine on women pastors.

Wong, who is scheduled to

Chennai, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Indian police have reunited thousands of missing and trafficked children with their families using a new facial recognition app that campaigners said was a "game changer" in tackling the problem.

Tens of thousands of children go missing every year in India and many

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Companies were urged on Friday to offer a lifeline to workers suffering from domestic abuse after official data showed the number of women murdered in England and Wales rose by 10 per cent in a year to a 13-year high.

The number of

Los Angeles, US

A former member of La Luz Del Mundo, a Mexico-based Pentecostal movement that claims five million members, is suing the church and more than a dozen of its leaders, alleging decades of abuse at the hands of the group’s leaders.

In the lawsuit, filed

Rome, Italy
Thomson Reuters Foundation

As harvests fall and hunger rises on a warming planet, the United Nations plans to use new financial tools and work with banks and other partners to help fill a gaping hole in agricultural investment over the next decade.

The revamp is part

Rome, Italy
Thomson Reuters Foundation

In an unusual call for love, the Italian birthplace of St Valentine said on Friday it was looking for a US suitor to become its "sister city".

The mayor of Terni in central Italy said he hoped to find a city in the

New York City, US
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Global air pollution from burning fossil fuels costs $US8 billion each day, more than three per cent of the value of goods and services produced daily, as people fall sick, miss work and need medical care, according to a report published

Beijing, China/Sihanoukville, Cambodia

China's coronavirus outbreak showed no sign of peaking with health authorities on Friday reporting more than 5,000 new cases, while passengers on a cruise ship blocked from five countries due to virus fears finally disembarked in Cambodia.

News of the first death from the virus

Gorakhpur, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Balloon seller Nisha, nine, said purple was her favourite colour as she spoke into the microphone on a radio show in north India dedicated to highlighting the voices of child workers.

Nisha was among a group of children working and living on the

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Sequins add glamour to any outfit but eco-campaigners urged London Fashion Week, starting on Friday, to ditch the sparkling plastic discs as they pollute oceans for centuries.

Some 250 designers will showcase their latest collections to trade buyers in the British capital -

Cairo, Egypt
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Doctors in Egypt have taken time out of their surgeries for a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of female genital mutilation after the death of a 12-year-old girl, saying they do not want their white coats "stained with blood".

Genital cutting

Los Angeles, US

Kevin Eckery said the Catholic order of religious sisters isn’t interested in “sparking a huge cultural war".

They also don’t want to punish anybody, said Eckery, a communications consultant.

But - whether they wanted it or not - a culture war might be upon

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Cambodian children are working in brick kilns across the country despite a recent government declaration that all furnaces were free of child labour following a state crackdown, a Thomson Reuters Foundation expose has found.

Kiln visits by the Thomson Reuters Foundation,




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