United Nations
Reuters

World leaders will come together, virtually, on Monday to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, as the deadly coronavirus pandemic challenges the effectiveness and solidarity of the 193 member world body.

As COVID-19, which emerged in China late last year, began to spread

Barcelona, Spain
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Limping along after a COVID-19 body blow, the global economy needs investment by public development banks more than ever, officials say - and shifts in how they do business could set a precedent for a greener, more equitable future.

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Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Two men from Australia and Britain who worked for an aid agency that helps to dispose of unexploded bombs were killed in a blast in Solomon Islands, their employer said on Monday.

It was not immediately clear if the employees of Norwegian People's Aid were

Washington, DC
Reuters

NASA is considering approving by next April up to two planetary science missions from four proposals under review, including one to Venus that scientists involved in the project said could help determine whether or not that planet harbours life.

An international research team last Monday

RNS

White evangelicals who comprise US President Donald Trump’s core base have attracted the lion’s share of attention for their political clout these past few years.

But a new study of 1,262 congregations across the United States shows it is liberal congregations, and particularly Black churches, that have

New York City, US
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Previously overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic and the country's racial reckoning, climate change has hurled to the front of the US presidential race, as historic wildfires raged in the West and powerful storms battered the South.

This week, Democratic contender Joe

Paris, France
AP

With precision and boundless energy, a team of carpenters used medieval techniques to raise up - by hand - a three-ton oak truss Saturday in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, a replica of the wooden structures that were consumed in the landmark's devastating April, 2019,

Brasilia, Brazil
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A Brazilian Government proposal to open Indigenous land in Brazil to mining concessions could lead to the loss of forests over an area larger than England, researchers said Friday.

Such a loss would reduce by $US5 billion a year the global benefits the

RNS

President Donald Trump believes American history is under attack.  

His lawyer - and his lawyer’s kids - want to do something about it.

Enter Bald Beagle.

The half American eagle, half beagle cartoon figure is the mascot for a new series of kids' videos being planned

Gaborone, Bostwana
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A wife in Botswana can now own land alongside her husband, President Mokgweetsi Masisi said on Thursday in a boost for women that rights groups called long overdue.

Prior to his amendment, the 2015 Land Policy stopped wives from owning land if their

Vatican City
RNS

An interpretation of Michelangelo's iconic 'Pietà' featuring a Black Jesus has unexpectedly caused a debate about Black Lives Matter, the sanctity of art and the evangelisation of Africa after the Pontifical Academy of Life, an official Vatican thinktank, tweeted out a photo of the reimagined

AP

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, has died at her home in Washington. She was 87.

The court says Ginsburg died Friday of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer.

In this

Bangkok, Thailand
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Teenagers could work as unpaid interns on Thai fishing vessels in a proposed change to the law that activists fear will encourage child labour.

An amendment to a ministerial regulation - aimed at protecting workers - underwent a public hearing on Thursday

RNS

An Idaho church plans to reopen in person despite its pastor being hospitalised for COVID-19.

On 14th September, Candlelight Christian Fellowship in Coeur d’Alene posted a notice on the church website with an update on the condition of its pastor, Paul Van Noy, and his wife,

Rome, Italy
AP

Pope Francis is giving his blessing to a new Vatican thinktank that is seeking to prevent the Mafia and organised crime groups from exploiting the image of the Virgin Mary for their own illicit ends.

The Vatican’s Pontifical Marian Academy launched the thinktank on Friday

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