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Sydney/Melbourne, Australia

Lockdown measures were reimposed in Australia's second biggest city on Tuesday, confining Melbourne residents to their homes unless undertaking essential business for six weeks, as officials scramble to to contain a coronavirus outbreak.

The decision, which affects around 4.9 million people, was

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A Christian woman and mother-of-three has been told she has to leave Turkey, one of the latest incidents in a series of expulsions of Christian expatriates from the country.

Joy Anna Crow Subasigüller, originally from Florida, USA, and her Turkish husband Lütfü were married seven

Rome, Italy
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Until COVID-19 forced her home city of Bangkok into lockdown in late March, Bangaon Kamsaeng had never stopped working; as a waitress, cleaning people's houses, even as a freelance garbage collector.

"I wasn't picky," the 40-year-old single mother, who goes by her nickname


Popular pastor and speaker Tony Campolo, 85, is recovering from a stroke he had on June 20, his family shared publicly in a statement on Monday. The stroke partially paralysed the left side of Campolo’s face and body.

He is currently in recovery at the Beaumont Health Center,

Johannesburg, South Africa
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Coronavirus lockdowns have hindered the fight against HIV infection in women and girls globally by limiting their access to education and protection from sexual violence, the United Nations warned on Monday.

Governments' focus on tackling the pandemic has also shifted attention and


The US District Court for the District of Columbia has temporarily shut down the Dakota Access pipeline for the latest twist in what activists and religious leaders have called a “ spiritual battle".

Oil must stop flowing through the Dakota Access pipeline by 5th August, according to


Hundreds of scientists say there is evidence that the novel coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people and are calling for the World Health Organization to revise recommendations, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

The WHO has said the coronavirus disease spreads primarily

Nairobi, Kenya
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Land degradation, wildlife exploitation, intensive farming and climate change are driving the rise in diseases that, like the coronavirus, are passed from animals to humans, United Nations experts said on Monday.

The UN Environment Programme and International Livestock Research Institute jointly identified seven

Tokyon, Japan

A wide-ranging survey conducted by the Japan News Network found that 77 per cent of those questioned said that the Tokyo Olympics "cannot be held" next year, it was announced on Monday.

The Tokyo 2020 Games, originally due to start this month, have already

Washington DC, US
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As protesters fell monuments honouring slave owners, Confederates and disgraced white leaders of decades past, their downfall opens a debate over who should rise up to take their place.

The United States had at least 780 Confederate monuments as of last year,

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A property tax rise in Armenia risks forcing elderly people from homes they have lived in since the Soviet era and which have risen dramatically in value since then, critics have warned.

The reform was signed into law this week and will bring thousands of

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Sydney, Australia

The border between Australia's two most populous states will close from Tuesday for an indefinite period as authorities scramble to contain an outbreak of the coronavirus in the city of Melbourne. 

The decision announced on Monday marks the first time the


Rev Isiac Jackson, Jr, was one of many Mississippi residents who took it as a spiritual victory when the state’s lawmakers voted on Sunday, 28th June, to remove the Confederate symbol from the state’s flag.

“God answers prayer,” said Jackson, president of the General Missionary Baptist State

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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The Rainforest Alliance will bolster its food certification scheme to ensure growers and brands make better use of technology to tackle climate change, respect human rights and invest in sustainable farming, the green group said.

International certification bodies the Rainforest Alliance and

Geneva, Switzerland

The World Health Organization said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 after they failed to reduce mortality.

The setback came as the WHO also reported more than 200,000




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