About a dozen people taking refuge in sanctuary churches across the US received a letter from Immigration and Customs Enforcement earlier this week, informing them they owe hundreds of thousands of dollars in civil penalties for disobeying orders to leave the country.

Among those was Rosa del


A recent ceremony marking the excavation of a road that archaeologists believe was used by Biblical-era Jewish pilgrims - perhaps even Jesus - has drawn fire from Palestinians, who accuse Israeli and US officials of trying to “Judaise” Jerusalem.

The controversy is the latest political skirmish

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Britain pledged on Wednesday to spend £193 million on research and technology to help developing countries cope with climate change.

From investing in electric motorbikes to improving weather warning systems or boosting clean energy, Britain's foreign aid department said it would use the money

New Delhi, India
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As India readies for the United Nations to give a green light to deep sea mining and boost its economy, the environmental group Greenpeace said on Wednesday that drilling the seabed could cause irreversible harm and worsen climate change. 

Without proper

Extensive restoration work undertaken on the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem - built on what is reputed to be the site of the birth of Jesus Christ, has been credited as the reason behind a decision to remove the church from UNESCO's list of endangered world heritage sites.


New York City, US
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Want to grab some headlines for the United Nations' global goals to cure world ills like poverty and inequality?

Send them on a rocket into space.

That is the plan devised by Eddie Ndopu, one of the newly appointed goal advocates

Rome, Italy
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Millions of small-scale pig farmers across Asia risk falling into poverty due to the rapid spread of African swine fever, the United Nations warned on Tuesday. 

The incurable disease, which is deadly to pigs but harmless to humans, was first detected last August

Washington/New York City, US

Government investigators warned of dangerous overcrowding at more migrant facilities on the south-west US border, publishing photos on Tuesday of packed cells in Texas' Rio Grande Valley where some children have no access to showers or hot meals. 

A report issued by investigators

Nairobi, Kenya
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Women and girls in Africa are still being pushed into forced or early marriages, while those in unhappy unions face discrimination when seeking divorce, campaigners said on Tuesday, urging governments to enforce fairer family laws. 

The Solidarity for African Women's Rights - a


The United Church of Christ has signed on for the Green New Deal.

It may be the first Christian body to endorse the environmental protection legislation sponsored in the US House of Representatives by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York.


Sydney, Australia

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is praying for the safe return of a student missing in North Korea for the past week, he said on Tuesday, as authorities struggle to learn the man's whereabouts.

The family of Alek Sigley have said they have not heard

Vatican City

Cardinal John Henry Newman, one of the most influential and controversial Christian figures of the 19th century and a leading Anglican before converting to Catholicism, will be made a saint, the Vatican said on Monday.

Canonisation will take place at the Vatican on 13th

Dakar, Senegal
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A rape accusation against a popular pastor in Nigeria has prompted a new #MeToo movement on social media with women sharing stories of sexual assault and calling for justice.

Photographer Busola Dakolo, the wife of a popular Nigerian singer, said in an interview

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Rising heat due to climate change could lead to the loss of 80 million jobs by 2030, with poor countries worst hit, the United Nations said on Monday, as Europe sweltered in record temperatures.

A temperature rise of 1.5 Celsius by the end


The head of the largest Hispanic evangelical Christian network in the United States announced it will offer to work with the Trump administration to provide resources and shelter to migrant children crossing the US-Mexico border.

Speaking during a call with reporters on Monday, Rev Samuel Rodriguez, president




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