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After widespread disruption caused by COVID-19 in 2020, businesses around the world hope the roll-out of vaccines this year can accelerate a return to normal.

To speed things up, some are even incentivising their staff to get vaccinated. Dollar General Corp, Instacart and Trader Joe’s

Melbourne, Australia
Reuters

News that Australia is to award tennis great Margaret Court the country's highest honour next week has stoked controversy because of her views on LGBTQ+ issues including her opposition to same-sex marriage.

News that Court, who won 24 singles Grand Slam titles in her career

Madrid, Spain/Rome, Italy
AP

The first comprehensive internal inquiry on sex abuse allegations by a religious order in Spain has identified 81 children and 37 adult victims of 96 Jesuits since the late 1920s, a much higher number than the cases that had so far been publicly known.

Barcelona, Spain
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The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world what it is like to go through a dangerous emergency of the kind that could occur if climate change accelerates - and offers lessons on how to respond, the head of the UN climate science panel

RNS

Jen Hatmaker was “proud” to offer the final prayer in the liturgy for the inaugural interfaith prayer service Thursday hosted virtually by the Washington National Cathedral.

The popular Christian author, speaker and podcaster has also apologised for it - at least for the first line of the

RNS

A statement released by US bishops on Wednesday after President Joe Biden’s inauguration highlighted tensions between Catholic teachings and the new administration and put a spotlight on the divided episcopacy in the country.

“Today, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops issued an ill-considered statement on the day

Tokyo, Japan
Reuters

Japan doubled down on its commitment to host the Tokyo Olympics this year and flatly denied reports on Friday of a cancellation, in a move that is unlikely to temper public fears of holding the event during a global pandemic.

Though much of Japan is

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Durham, North Carolina, US
RNS

Jose Chicas, a native of El Salvador who has been living in church sanctuary for more than three years, will move out Friday after President Joe Biden signed an executive order temporarily halting the deportation of undocumented immigrants.

Chicas, 55, has been living

United Nations
AP

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution Thursday condemning damage and destruction of religious sites and asking the secretary-general to convene a global conference to spearhead public support for safeguarding places of religious heritage.

The resolution condemns the increasing targeting of “cultural property, including religious

Bangkok, Thailand
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Police in Thailand last year launched the lowest number of human trafficking investigations in a decade as coronavirus restrictions on businesses and borders hindered criminal networks, according to a soon-to-be released government report.

A total of 131 cases were filed last year -

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Coronavirus is spreading and deaths are mounting - but what most worries the leaders of Brazil's isolated and vulnerable communities is how on earth to feed people now government has pulled their main emergency aid.

Ivone Rocha is co-founder of Semeando

Rome, Italy
AP

The Vatican’s criminal tribunal on Thursday convicted the former head of the Vatican bank and his lawyer of embezzling millions of euros in proceeds from the sales of Holy See-owned real estate, and sentenced them to nearly nine years in prison each. 

The court also

Washington DC, US
RNS

Dozens of faith leaders participated in a virtual edition of the interfaith National Prayer Service hosted by the Washington National Cathedral on Thursday, gathering digitally for a service that articulated a spiritual endorsement of diversity, healing and “repairing the breach.”

As both President Joe

London, UK
Reuters

The COVAX vaccine sharing platform designed to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 shots said on Thursday it aimed to deliver 1.8 billion doses to poorer countries in 2021 and hoped to fulfil supply deals for wealthier ones in the second half of the year.

But

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