London, UK
Reuters

The former deputy chairman of the 2012 London Olympic organising committee said on Tuesday he would be planning for a cancellation if in charge of the Tokyo Games.

Keith Mills told BBC radio that the delayed Summer Games scheduled for July-August were looking unlikely

RNS

Joe Biden’s Cabinet is set to make history in a number of ways.

If all the nominees the president-elect has chosen are confirmed, the Cabinet - including the Vice President, the heads of 15 executive departments and eight other key positions - will be the most racially

Washington, DC
RNS

Hours before he takes the oath of office Wednesday as president, Joe Biden is reportedly slated to attend a worship service at the Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle, commonly known as St Matthew's, with a bipartisan group of members of Congress and other politicians

Washington DC, US
RNS

The Washington National Cathedral will host a virtual iteration of its traditional interfaith worship service the day after Joe Biden's inauguration, with activist and pastor Rev William Barber II preaching the sermon.

The gathering, a long-standing inaugural tradition, will be hosted by Rev Randy

RNS

President-elect Joe Biden plans to be sworn in with his hefty family Bible when he becomes the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday.

It’s one of many ways religion will be a facet of the inaugural activities surrounding the country’s second Catholic president.

“it’s

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Thomson Reuters Foundation

With hospitals overflowing and oxygen supplies running low, Indigenous leader Joilson Karapana fears a second wave of COVID-19 deaths in the Brazilian city of Manaus could prove even more devastating for his tribal community.

When the coronavirus pandemic swept the Amazon

RNS

The majority of Black church attenders in the US say African Americans generally feel politically powerless, but those worshippers also see Black congregations as a source of comfort and control, a new Barna Group study finds.

Three in four Black church attenders - defined in the study

Geneva, Switzerland/London, UK
Reuters

The COVID-19 pandemic could be the catalyst for much-needed reform of the World Health Organization just as the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 forced urgent changes at the UN nuclear agency, an independent review panel said on Tuesday.

The panel, set up to investigate

Washington DC, US
AP

On his way out the door, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out anew at China on Tuesday by declaring that its policies on Muslims and ethnic minorities in the western Xinjiang region constitute “crimes against humanity” and a “genocide". The rarely used designation

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, gets his first COVID-19 injection. PICTURE: Twitter.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has received his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and used social media to urge others to follow suit.

In a statement posted on his

Jakarta, Indonesia
Reuters

Indonesia's air accident investigator is still hoping to recover the cockpit voice recorder from a crashed Sriwijaya Air jet to better understand information obtained from the flight data recorder, an official said on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Boeing Co 737-500 plane crashed into the Java

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

When British single mother Martha sensed another COVID-19 lockdown was looming, one of her biggest worries was how her three young sons would cope with online schooling again when the family still didn't have a computer.

Martha's children, who are all at primary

Wellington, New Zealand
Reuters

New Zealand said on Tuesday that it was looking to secure a small batch of COVID-19 vaccines early to protect its high-risk workers, as pressure mounts on the government to vaccinate its population.

A tough lockdown and the geographic advantage of being at the

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Deadly floods across parts of Indonesia are a stark reminder of the climate change risks facing the South-East Asian nation, environmentalists said on Monday, urging the government to be more ambitious in its efforts to cut planet-heating emissions.

South Kalimantan on Borneo island declared a state

Rome, Italy
AP

The Vatican on Monday abruptly abandoned its extradition request for an Italian woman wanted on embezzlement-related charges in a case that could have tested whether Italy considers the Vatican a place where someone can get a fair trial. 

At the hearing in a Milan court,

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