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Children trapped in modern slavery are being failed, campaigners said on Tuesday after European authorities found dozens of suspected trafficking victims in a region-wide crackdown, one aged just two.

European policing agency Europol announced 51 children were among 123 suspected victims identified in a drive

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Ethiopia’s prime minister visited the leader of the country’s Orthodox Church on Saturday to express his condolences after 15 priests were killed and 10 Orthodox churches damaged in the eastern Somali region last week.

Among the priests killed were Rev Kidane Mariam Nibretu, Rev Yared


Pennsylvania's Attorney General Josh Shapiro has released a more than 1,300 page grand jury report detailing allegations of widespread sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children by Catholic priests in the state, naming hundreds of clerics accused of misconduct over 70 years and accusing church officials of

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Countries at risk of catastrophic wildfires should adopt ancient practices used by indigenous people, researchers said on Monday, after scores of deadly blazes engulfed parts of the northern hemisphere.

Wildfires have menaced villages and forests from Greece to the United States this summer, killing hundreds

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UK tea firm Twinings published a list of the Indian plantations it buys from on Monday, citing the need for transparency to improve conditions in an industry experts say is rife with abuse.

India's tea industry, the world's second largest, employs 3.5 million workers and

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A suicide attack on a Coptic church in north Cairo, Egypt, was thwarted on Saturday, 12th August, reports Coptic news site Watani.

A man wearing a suicide vest detonated the bomb about 250 metres from the Church of the Holy Virgin in the Mostorod district.

He was

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Britain's government pledged to end rough sleeping in England by 2027 on Monday, a target activists said could only be achieved by investing more in building affordable homes.

Homelessness has more than doubled since 2010 in England, where more than 4,100 people now sleep rough,


One year after the Green family - owners of the craft store chain Hobby Lobby and principal sponsors of the Museum of the Bible - agreed to pay a $US3 million fine for illegally importing artifacts from Iraq, the museum is returning a medieval New Testament manuscript

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As horrific details emerge of a young Muslim artist being tortured to death for alleged blasphemy, separately a young Christian man has been charged with blaspheming against Islam’s prophet, a crime punishable with death in Pakistan.

Farhan Aziz, 26, from Muslim Town in Gujranwala district, about

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Nearly 140 aid workers were killed last year, a 23 per cent rise on 2016, according to data released on Monday that showed South Sudan was the most dangerous country in which to deliver aid for the third year running.

The figures revealed a dramatic

A Spanish Jesuit priest working among Indigenous people in Peru has been murdered.

Vatican News reports that the body of Fr Carlos Riudavets Montes was found last Friday morning with several stab wounds and his hands bound in the school he ran. Reports said the fact nothing seemed to be

The CEO of Catholic Health Australia has expressed "deep concerns" over a bill being presented in the Australian Senate which would give Australian territories the right to pass assisted suicide and euthanasia legislation.

The private members bill, put forward by Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm, aims to overturn a

The Orthodox Convent of St Thecla in the Syrian town of Maaloula will soon be open again to visiting pilgrims and tourists.

Catholic news agency Agenzia Fides reports that reconstruction work on the monastery is nearing completion and cites Russian media as reporting that nuns have already

Thirty-seven per cent of Australian students identify as having 'no religion' - up from 29 per cent in 2006, according to an analysis of Census data.

The analysis, carried out by the Independent Schools Council of Australia, also found that the proportion of students who identified as Catholic

Prosecutors in Egypt have charged a former monk with the murder of a Coptic Orthodox bishop, Vatican News reports.

Bishop Epiphanius was found dead in a pool of blood on 29th July at the desert-based Monastery of San Macario, about 100 kilometres outside of Cairo.

Police reportedly concluded the




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