Juba, South Sudan
Morning Star News

The appointment of a Christian woman to the council overseeing transition to civilian rule in Sudan is a hopeful sign, but some persecution-weary Christians are less than optimistic about prospects for improved religious rights.

Raja Nicola Eissa Abdel-Masih, a Coptic Christian who long

Barcelona, Spain
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Meeting a landmark target to slash by at least half losses of natural forests by 2020 is likely to be "impossible", as deforestation has soared in the five years since it was set, warned a report on progress towards the goal.

The 2014

London
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Conflict and disasters forced nearly 11 million people from their homes in the first half of this year, a global monitoring group said on Thursday, warning mass displacement was becoming "the norm".

Natural disasters such as cyclones and floods caused seven million people to

Riverside, California, US
RNS

Pastor Greg Laurie urged his grieving congregants at Harvest Christian Fellowship on Wednesday to have compassion for people dealing with mental health issues as the church copes with the news that one of its pastors died by suicide.

“Sometimes we want to just

New York City
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Southern California ministry leaders accused of holding homeless people captive and forcing them to beg on the street could spend up to two decades in prison if convicted of forced labor and other charges.

Several of the dozen accused leaders faced arraignment

Harare, Zimbabwe
Reuters

The body of Zimbabwe's founder Robert Mugabe arrived home at the country's main airport on Wednesday, but it was still unclear where he would be buried amid a dispute between some family members and the government.

Mugabe, one of the last "Big Men" of

Barcelona, Spain
Thomson Reuters Foundation

From taxpayer-backed flood defences in Miami to shelters keeping Bangladeshis safe from storms, investing to protect against the growing effects of climate change pays, a global commission said this week, warning failure to do so will hike inequality.

As the planet heats up,

Humaita, Brazil
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Farmers living along the Trans-Amazonian Highway, near Humaita, a rural town deep in the Amazon, would rather not use fire to clear forest land so they can grow crops and raise cattle, their local representatives say.

But without the heavy equipment they would

Phnom Penh
Thomson Reuters Foundation

US and Australian crime fighters are preparing Cambodia for a spike in online child sex abuse cases but local officials fear that predators are a step ahead of police due to narrow laws.

The spread of cheap, high-speed internet and the rise in

Berlin, Germany
Reuters

Consumers worried about the environment are cutting their spending on meat and bottled drinks and trying to reduce plastic waste, and this trend is set to accelerate as climate concerns mount, a global survey showed this week.

About a third of people surveyed in 24

New York City
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The wage gap between men and women in the United States failed to budge in 2018, government data showed on Tuesday, sparking calls for action to end pay discrimination.

Women working full-time year-round earned 82 cents for every dollar earned by men

Oxford, England
Thomson Reuters Foundation

As climate change brings more frequent and extreme heatwaves around the world, demand for air conditioners is soaring, with 10 new units sold every second on average - but the poor may be left to swelter, said a University of Oxford researcher.

By

RNS

Jarrid Wilson, a California church leader, author and mental health advocate, died by suicide Monday evening at age 30.

Wilson, known as a passionate preacher, most recently was an associate pastor at megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California. A co-founder of the mental health non-profit Anthem

Vatican City
RNS

On his flight back from a weeklong trip to Africa, Pope Francis answered the small yet vocal crowd of critics of his papacy, saying that while he hopes for dialogue he’s not afraid of a schism.

“There has always been a schismatic option in

Bengularu, India
Reuters

Facebook Inc will no longer allow graphic images of self-harm on its platform as it tightens its policies on suicide content amid growing criticism of how social media companies moderate violent and potentially dangerous content.

The social network also said on Tuesday self-injury related

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