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Pope Francis has praised UN Security Council efforts for worldwide ceasefires to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

In remarks Sunday to the public in St Peter’s Square, Francis hailed the Security Council’s “request for a global and immediate ceasefire, which would permit the peace and

Mumbai, India
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A former child miner who set up a school in his village in eastern India to save other children from that fate has been named among the winners of an award set up in Princess Diana's memory.

Neeraj Murmu, 21, started the school

Manila, Philippines

The Philippine President on Friday signed a widely opposed anti-terror law which critics fear could be used against human rights defenders and to muzzle dissent.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Anti-Terrorism Act after weighing the concerns of different groups, demonstrating the government’s commitment to stamping

The Church of England will broadcast its first online prison church service this Sunday.

In a statement, the church said it would broadcast the service, which is being recorded at three sites in England -  HMP Stocken in Rutland, HMP Low Newton in Durham and HMP Pentonville in London - from


The Vatican’s financial watchdog agency has reported record levels of internal cooperation despite being thrown into turmoil in October when Vatican police raided its offices as part of an investigation into a €350 million London real estate deal.

The Financial Information Authority, created in 2010 to help

Moscow, Russia

The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday defrocked a coronavirus-denying monk who has defied Kremlin lockdown orders and taken control of a monastery.

A church panel in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg ruled to defrock 65-year-old Father Sergiy, who has attracted nationwide attention by urging

Melbourne, Australia

Australia has renamed its King Leopold mountain ranges Wunaamin Miliwundi, replacing the name of a Belgian ruler known for his brutal colonisation of Africa with traditional names used by Indigenous people.

The state of Western Australia has debated changing the name of the mountains for

Mumbai, India
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Rescued victims of child labour in India rarely receive state compensation, new data shows, as campaigners warned a government drive to boost support for slavery survivors was falling short.

In 2016, the Indian government set a target of rescuing 18 million workers from

Washington DC, US

Global coronavirus cases exceeded 11 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, marking another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than half a million people in seven months.

The number of cases is more than double the figure

London, UK
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The global surge in domestic violence during coronavirus lockdowns highlights the need for companies to do more to protect victims and help them get their lives back on track, experts on the issue said on Thursday.

Companies should offer women facing domestic abuse


Before he was a Democratic congressman and before he was a civil rights activist, Representative John Lewis preached to the chickens on his family’s farm as a young boy.

It’s a story staffers of Lewis can repeat by heart because they’ve heard it so many times.


Ankara, Turkey

A state attorney on Thursday recommended that Turkey's highest administrative court reject a request that Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia, which now serves as museum, be turned back into a mosque, state-run media reported.

The 6th century structure was the Byzantine Empire’s main cathedral before it


Megachurch pastor Darrin Patrick’s cause of death has officially been ruled a suicide, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.

Patrick died on 7th May in Pacific, Missouri, just outside of St Louis. The cause of death was a gunshot wound and the medical examiner ruled it

Mosul, Iraq

A human skull, a pair of worn trousers and a shoe were among the remains unearthed from a mass grave discovered this week in northern Iraq, a remnant of the brutal rule of the Islamic State group, Iraqi officials said Thursday. 

The new mass grave




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