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An Indigenous leader has been found murdered in Brazil, exposing the growing threat to tribes fighting illegal logging in the Amazon, campaigners and authorities said.

Jorginho Guajajara was found dead in the northern state of Maranhao with his neck broken, rights group Survival International said.

World Watch Monitor

A Mexican pastor who survived an assassination attempt in the notorious border city of Juarez in June says he was targeted because his church’s work is seen to negatively impact upon the efforts of drug cartels.

A hitman entered the pastor’s home on 12th June,

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A film about a young textile worker in southern India is sparking debate in rural communities at the heart of an industry that campaigners say is plagued by exploitation and abuse.

Call Me Priya tells the story of a young woman in Tamil Nadu state,

RNS

When Pennsylvania officials unveiled a report this week detailing accusations that Catholic priests had sexually abused more than 1,000 children since the 1940s and that church officials shielded the abusers, the public outcry was swift. Some compared the document to The Boston Globe ’s 2002 “Spotlight” investigation,

Bogota, Colombia
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Refugee and migrant children fleeing Central America to escape gang violence and poverty are at risk from human traffickers during their journey to the United States, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said on Thursday.

Ten of thousands of children, either

World Watch Monitor

China has closed several Christian summer camps for children and dismissed two priests for holding a camp, reports Catholic news agency UCAN.

The two priests belonged to one of the only two unregistered Catholic churches in Tianshui diocese, in China’s northwest Gansu province.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

A voracious crop-chomping pest which has wrought havoc in Africa could threaten millions of farmers in Asia, UN experts warned on Tuesday, as India battles the continent's first reported infestation of fall armyworm.

The pest - a moth which devours crops in the caterpillar stage

World Watch Monitor

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has for the first time condemned violence against minorities, saying that everyone has a duty to fight the “menace” of mob lynchings.

But his critics say that, after four years in power at the head of a Hindu nationalist government,

Nairobi, Kenya
RNS

When forest rangers arrived at Mau Forest Complex in June to evict thousands of illegal settlers, frightened villagers started moving out.

Villagers sought refuge at churches, schools and trading centres as smoke billowed from their homes, which were razed in the exercise. Churches, schools and

The Australian Christian Lobby has thanked senators who voted to narrowly defeat a bill which would have opened the way for Australia's two territories - the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory - to pass their own assisted suicide legislation.

The private members' bill, which was put

Bogota, Guatemala
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A year after Guatemala banned child marriage, girls are getting married in rural indigenous communities that are unaware of the ban and see the practice as acceptable, experts said on Monday.

Guatemala outlawed child marriage in August 2017, making it illegal for anyone

A set of church bells seized by US soldiers in The Philippines more than 100 years ago are being returned to the country.

The Pentagon has reportedly confirmed that the famed 'Bells of Balangiga' - taken in 1901 during the Philippine-American War - will be returned but hasn't

RNS

The government has a duty to allow contractors to be excused from federal anti-discrimination laws if they cite a religious reason for doing so, according to a new directive from the US Department of Labor.

The order, issued Friday (10th August), is another sign of the

World Watch Monitor

The number of religious freedom violations in Indonesia grew again in 2017 and for the first time non-state actors were the worst offenders, reports the  Jakarta Globe .

Last year 213 incidents were reported, four per cent more than the year before, according to the annual

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