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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has called on all communities in the southern Mindanao region to support the Bangsamoro Organic Law that is to facilitate the creation of an autonomous Muslim region.

During a ceremony on Monday, 6th August, he urged the local population “to actively participate

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Up to 2.5 billion people depend on indigenous and community lands, which make up more than half of all land globally, but they legally own just 10 per cent.

The right of indigenous people to land and territories is protected by

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A Sudanese court has surprisingly ruled against the government in a case against the Sudanese Church of Christ after a long-standing dispute over ownership of the church’s property.

Five church leaders, including the SCOC president Ayouba Telyan, appeared in court on Wednesday, 8th August, expecting to have

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A record 63,880 people were killed in Brazil in 2017, a three per cent increase on the 2016 figures for homicides and an ignominious new record.

The Guardian reports that figures from the independent thinktank, the Brazilian Public Security Forum, show an average of 14 people were killed

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A record number of people were charged with modern slavery offences in Britain this year, prosecutors revealed on Thursday, but activists said the number of convictions had not increased significantly since a tough new law was introduced in 2015.

Britain's Crown Prosecution Service said 239

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Nobel prize-winning scientist Marie Curie was the most influential woman in history, Britain's BBC found in a poll on Thursday, highlighting her role in curing cancer.

Readers of BBC History magazine ranked Polish-born Curie at the top of a list of 100 women who changed

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A Pentecostal church in the rebel-held Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine was raided by armed men on 6th August, the latest in a series of raids on religious communities, reports Oslo-based news service Forum 18.

The raid took place during a worship meeting at the

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United Methodist Church officials in Alabama have dismissed a complaint signed by more than 600 church members in July that chided Attorney General Jeff Sessions for implementing the family separation policy along the border and attempting to justify it with Scripture.

But the logic of the decision,

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A court in New Delhi has struck down a law that made begging in the Indian capital a crime, a major victory for campaigners who have long argued that the legislation was being used to harass and intimidate the homeless and the poor.

In an

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As Rita neared the end of a 10-year jail sentence for money laundering, her first thought was getting back her four children - and finding a way to support them.

Enter Shine, an innovative business in northern England that provides job opportunities for

More than 5,500 UK churches have converted to renewable energy sources, according to figures from charity Christian Aid.

The organisation said that Church of England cathedrals at Salisbury, Bristol, Sheffield and York are among the churches that are now using 100 per cent green electricity. Other churches which

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Tens of thousands of people who fled murderous gangs and set up their own "tent city" inside Central African Republic's main airport are the unlikely stars of an award-winning new film.

Zone III - selected as the best short documentary at the African

Billboards depicting US evangelist Greg Laurie holding up a Bible - used to advertise an upcoming SoCal Harvest outreach event - have been removed from a shopping mall in southern California.

CBN News reports that the ads, which featured an image of Laurie holding up the Bible -

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