Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Israel Folau's protracted dismissal by Rugby Australia looked no closer to a conclusion on Thursday but the 30-year-old was already being hit hard in the pocket for his decision to post a social media message many viewed as homophobic .

While the panel that on Tuesday

The migration of young Nigerians represents a "failure of leadership", according to Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja.

Speaking to Agenzia Fides earlier this week on the eve of a meeting of bishops on the issue of migration, Cardinal Onaiyekan accused authorities of creating conditions which ensure more and

At least 159 individuals and communities were prosecuted for violating Russia's controversial "anti-missionary" restrictions in 2018, according to an analysis by Forum 18.

The Oslo-based religious freedom organisation said there at least 56 cases involving organisations and 103 involving individuals reached court during the year with 129 of

London
Reuters

Global rates of obesity among people who live in the countryside are rising faster than those among city dwellers, in part due to greater access in urban areas to healthier foods and places to exercise, researchers said on Wednesday. 

In a study of 33 years of

Harare, Zimbabwe
Thomson Reuters Foundation

In a country where open criticism of power can spell trouble for journalists, politicians and activists, comedians say they, too, risk consequences - arrest even - for taking aim at the authorities or satirising the hardships of daily life.

The long-awaited end to President Robert Mugabe's rule in 2017

Bangkok, Thailand
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Sand mining is eroding the world's river deltas and coastlines, damaging the environment and hurting livelihoods from Cambodia to Colombia, as government regulation fails to keep pace with rising demand, the United Nations warned this week.

Global demand for sand and gravel, used

Asia Bibi, a Christian women acquitted of blasphemy last year after spending eight years on death row, has left Pakistan for Canada to be reunited with her daughters, according to reports.

Bibi, who has always maintained her innocence, was convicted of blasphemy in 2010 following a dispute with a fellow

Johnannesburg, South Africa
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The South African Government's promises of returning land to black South Africans taken during apartheid are under the spotlight during national elections this Wednesday, land experts said.

President and African National Congress leader Cyril Ramaphosa last year launched a process to change

London
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Britain's new international aid minister pledged to root out sex abuse in the sector on Tuesday, as a new report showed charitable giving has dropped for the third consecutive year amid deepening mistrust.

Rory Stewart, who was appointed in a cabinet reshuffle last week,

Nairobi, Kenya
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Aid workers were on Tuesday racing to contain a cholera outbreak in northern Mozambique after a powerful cyclone contaminated water sources and damaged health clinics.

Cyclone Kenneth crashed into the province of Cabo Delgado on 25th April, flattening entire villages and killing

Chicago, US
RNS

After 84 years, Moody Bible Institute no longer will publish a student newspaper.

The administration of the historic Christian college recently informed staff of The Moody Standard that it will close the newspaper, pointing to changing budget priorities.

The homepage of

Early warning systems and preventative measures - including the evacuation of millions of people - ahead of the arrival of Cyclone Fani in india and Bangladesh saved countless lives, according to World Vision's national director in Bangladesh.

Fred Witteveen said the "minimal adverse impact of extreme Cyclone Fani is a

Jean Vanier, champion of the intellectually disabled and founder of the global L'Arche network, has died at the age of 90.

Vanier, who had been suffered from thyroid cancer, died early on Tuesday in Paris surrounded by some relatives.

Jean Vanier in the recent film, Summer

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau moved a step closer to being sacked by Rugby Australia after he was adjudged on Tuesday to have committed a high-level breach of the player's code of conduct with a social media post.

Folau, a fundamentalist Christian, faced a three-member panel

Yangon, Myanmar
Reuters

Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free from prison on Tuesday after more than 500 days behind bars.

Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, had been convicted in September and sentenced to

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