Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Reuters

Burkina Faso's army has ordered civilians to evacuate two large "military interest zones" in its northern and south-eastern regions ahead of anticipated operations against Islamist insurgents, it said. 

The announcement was made late on Monday, with few details about how long people have to

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

Top UN officials voiced deep concern on Tuesday about human rights violations in Iran amid reports of rising numbers of executions, including of minors and Afghan migrants for drug-related offences.

They spoke as an annual report on human rights in Iran, authored by Secretary-General Antonio

United States
RNS

Belief in God has been one of the strongest, most reliable markers of the persistence of American religiosity over the years. But a new Gallup Poll suggests that may be changing.

In the latest Gallup Poll, belief in God dipped to 81 per

Cologne, Germany
AP

When Syrian refugee Fadel Alkhudr arrived in Germany in 2015, the first thing he saw when he stepped out of the train in Cologne was the city's majestic cathedral.

Alkhudr, 42, became so fascinated by the famous Gothic landmark on the Rhine river with

Vatican City
AP

Pope Francis may have cancelled his planned trip to Congo because of his bad knee, but he had a visit Tuesday from one of Congo’s brightest basketball stars who briefed him on his humanitarian efforts back home.

Pope Francis greets

Kyiv, Ukraine
Reuters

Russia warned Lithuania on Tuesday that it would face measures of a "serious negative impact" for blocking some shipments by rail to Moscow's Baltic Sea enclave of Kaliningrad, in its latest dispute over Western sanctions imposed on the country for the war in Ukraine.

Russian

Dhaka, Bangladesh/Guwahati, India
Reuters

Floodwaters inundated more of Bangladesh and north-east India on Tuesday, officials said, as authorities struggled to reach more than 9.5 million people stranded with little food and drinking water after days of intense rain.

Particularly heavy monsoon rain has brought the worst floods

Istanbul, Turkey
Reuters

About 800 Syrian refugees are returning to their country from Turkey every week but conditions are not suitable for a large number of voluntary returns, an official from the United Nations refugee agency said.

Turkey hosts around 3.7 million Syrians, the largest refugee population in

Reuters

Dmitry Muratov, the co-winner of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize and the editor of one of Russia's last major independent newspapers, auctioned off his Nobel medal for a record $US103.5 million to aid children displaced by the war in Ukraine.

All proceeds from the auction, which coincided

Hong Kong, China
Reuters

Bryan Ong has made it his mission to preserve items that tell the story of Hong Kong's British colonial past even as Beijing increasingly shapes life in the city that is firmly back in the fold of the mainland.

Ong, 42, has been

Reuters

The Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition on Monday sharply criticised the global diamond watchdog for resisting efforts to discuss Russia's invasion of Ukraine, at this week's international conflict diamond meeting began in Botswana.

A rift has emerged within the Kimberley Process - a coalition of governments, the

United Nations
Reuters

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the Security Council on Monday to extend its approval of aid deliveries from Turkey to millions of people in need in north-west Syria, telling the body: "We cannot give up on the people of Syria".

The UN mandate, which

Norwich, UK

Images of peregrine falcon pattering across cathedral rooves are becoming a familiar sight at many UK cathedrals as their spires and roofs increasingly play host to families the birds of prey  with web cams positioned to reveal them to a wider audience attracting viewers right across the world.

Salisbury,

Eight people were killed and 38 others kidnapped in an attack on two churches in the northern state of Kaduna on Sunday, an official from the Christian Association of Nigeria said on Monday, weeks after a similar deadly attack in the south west.

The attack occurred during the morning service of

London, UK
Reuters

Prince William evoked his late mother Princess Diana's work for charity, as he described as "eye-opening" selling copies on a London street of a magazine that helps to combat homelessness, saying he was committed to highlighting the problem.

William, second in line to the British

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