Misrata, Libya
Reuters

Hundreds of bodies of Islamic State fighters killed in battle years ago are rotting in food freezers outside a Libyan city while authorities work out what to do with them, a grim reminder of the disarray a failed election was meant to address.

Stored in a

Washington DC, US
AP

The US Supreme Court said Friday it will hear the case of a former Seattle-area football coach who was removed from his job because he refused to stop praying on the field.

The Supreme Court is seen at dusk in Washington

Madrid, Spain
Reuters

Spain's Catholic Church is to set up local commissions to hear complaints from victims of abuse after holding talks with Pope Francis on Friday about allegations over eight decades detailed in a Spanish newspaper.

El Pais in December published the results of a three-year investigation

New Delhi, India
AP

An Indian court on Friday acquitted a Roman Catholic bishop of charges of raping a nun in her rural convent, a case that became a major issue amid allegations of sexual harassment in the church. 

Sessions Judge G Gopakumar in a brief

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

The UN human rights office on Friday expressed alarm at "multiple, deeply disturbing reports" of air strikes in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, saying at least 108 civilians had been killed since the start of January.

A woman stands in line to

Koblenz, Germany
Reuters

A German court on Thursday jailed a Syrian ex-intelligence officer for life for murder, rape and crimes against humanity, handing down the first ever conviction for state-backed torture committed during Syria's civil war after a landmark trial.

Anwar Raslan was found guilty on 27 of

Gaza
Reuters

Palestinian Zeyad Abu Odah watched with a smile as his four-storey house, destroyed in an Israeli air strike in last May's fierce fighting, was slowly being rebuilt in Gaza's Beach refugee camp.

He is one of the lucky few. Only 50 of 1,650 homes wrecked in

Warsaw, Poland
AP

A Catholic diocese in Poland apologised on Thursday for having asked a court to determine whether a man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest is gay, and whether the sexual contact may have consequently been pleasurable for him.

Following wide criticism,

United Nations
Reuters

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed on Thursday for a suspension of rules preventing the use of money in Afghanistan to save lives and the economy and for a path to the conditional release of frozen Afghan foreign currency reserves.

"International funding should be allowed to

Giglio, Italy
Reuters

Ester Percossi can still hear the screams, feel the cold and see the terror in people's eyes.

She is one of the survivors of the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia, the luxury cruise liner that capsized after hitting rocks just off the coast of

Rome, Italy
AP

Clergy abuse victims asked the European Court of Human Rights on Thursday to make a definitive ruling on whether the Holy See can continue to avoid being held liable for sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests by claiming state immunity.

Lawyers for the victims asked

Vienna, Austria/Moscow, Russia
Reuters

Poland's foreign minister said on Thursday that Europe was at risk of plunging into war as Russia said it was not yet calling time on diplomacy but that military experts were preparing options in case tensions over Ukraine could not be defused.

In Washington,

Bogota, Colombia
Reuters

At least 78 human rights defenders were killed in Colombia in 2021, the United Nations human rights agency said on Thursday, adding that more cases were still being verified.

Violence against human rights defenders, environmentalists and community activists - known collectively in Colombia as social

Reuters

Last year ranked as the sixth-warmest year on record, causing extreme weather events around the world and adding to evidence that the globe is in a long-term warming trend, according to an analysis released on Thursday by two US Government agencies.

The data compiled by the US

Oslo, Norway
Reuters

The committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize appealed on Thursday to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who won the award in 2019, to halt the conflict unfolding in the country's northern region of Tigray.

In a rare critique of a former laureate, the

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