Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Fires across Australia's most populous state are now contained for the first time in nearly six months, authorities said on Friday, as heavy rains aid firefighters and boost some dam levels to their highest in nearly two years.

Australia has been battling hundreds of blazes

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

The spike in cases reported from China reflects reclassifying a backlog of suspect cases using patients' chest images and not necessarily the "tip of an iceberg" of a wider epidemic, a top World Health Organization official said on Thursday. 

Mike Ryan, head of WHO's health

RNS

White supremacist groups doubled down on colleges and universities across the country in 2019, blanketing campuses and off-campus haunts with propaganda, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism.

The report found a total of 2,713 cases of leafleting on and off

Abu Dhabi, UAE
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Popular projects to plant more trees and expand green space in cities may not protect residents from soaring and often deadly heat unless the efforts target those most in need of relief and bring communities closer, researchers and policymakers said.

As record

Bogota, Colombia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Nearly half of the 500 top global companies and investment firms that produce, use or finance commodities posing a threat to forests have made no public commitment to prevent deforestation in their supply chains, researchers said on Wednesday.

Swathes of tropical rainforest

Updated: 12.15pm
Beijing, China/Singapore
Reuters

The Chinese province at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak reported a record rise in the death toll on Thursday, as global health experts warned the epidemic could get far worse before it is brought under control.

Health officials in Hubei province said

New York City, US
Religion Unplugged

Christopher Vergara, 35, is a costume designer currently in London working on the film, Prince of Egypt - the Biblical story about how Moses was left in a basket in Egypt’s Nile River by his Hebrew mother so that he would not perish

Vatican City
RNS

A new document by Pope Francis slams countries and companies exploiting the Amazon region and calls on the Catholic Church to find new paths and methods to minister to its Indigenous people.

But those new paths do not include the ordination of married men to

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Slavery is not a crime in almost half the countries in the world, a study of global laws said on Wednesday, urging nations to close legal loopholes that allow abusers to escape punishment.

Many states lack laws which directly criminalise and punish exerting

Abu Dhabi, UAE
Thomson Reuters Foundation

In South Africa's Cape Town, an aerial photograph shows vast villas interspersed with lush greenery, blue swimming pools and the odd tennis court, while on the other side of the road, hundreds of tin-roof shacks tell a different story. 

The image

Kathmandu, Nepal
Thomson Reuters Foundation

In a bid to reduce migrant deaths in the Middle East and Asia, millions of Nepalis who work overseas will be given mandatory safety training before departure, officials said on Tuesday.

About 1,000 out of an estimated four million Nepali migrants die

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Australia is on track to meet just two of its targets aimed at improving the lives of its Indigenous people, including increasing life expectancy and improving literacy, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday.

In 2007, Australia introduced seven targets designed to address inequalities that

Bangkok, Thailand
Thomson Reuters Foundation

South Korean film Parasit e, which became the first non-English language movie to win the Best Picture award at the Oscars, highlights the widening divide and lack of affordable housing in the capital Seoul, according to social analysts and academics.

Director Bong Joon-ho's Parasite ,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

An Indian couple was sentenced to more than five years in jail in Singapore on Tuesday for exploiting migrant women, the first labour trafficking conviction in the affluent nation that is home to many foreign workers.

The two Indian nationals were given

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