London
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Giving local communities the responsibility to manage forests - which are shrinking worldwide - could help ease poverty and deforestation, scientists said on Monday in what they described as one of the largest studies of its kind.

Researchers examined more than 18,000 community-led forest

New York City, US
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Teenagers in the US coastal state of North Carolina who were schooled in the basics of man-made climate change saw their parents grow more concerned about the issue, scientists said on Monday in the first study of its kind.

The results

New Delhi
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A dozen Rohingya refugees, including teenagers, have been rescued from a suspected human trafficking operation, police in India said on Monday, after the group entered the country from Bangladesh without valid travel documents.

Acting on a tip-off from local charities, police in the

Paris
Reuters

One million animal and plant species are at imminent risk of extinction due to humankind's relentless pursuit of economic growth, scientists said on Monday in a landmark report on the devastating impact of modern civilisation on the natural world.

Scientists made an impassioned appeal to governments

Pastor and Bible teacher Warren Wiersbe has died at the age of 89.

Warren Wiersbe in an interview earlier this year with Thomas Nelson publishers. PICTURE: Via YouTube.

Dr Wiersbe, known to many as the "pastor's pastor", was a prolific speaker and author who wrote

Kampala, Uganda
RNS

On a recent Sunday morning, dozens of South Sudanese refugees gathered inside a tent at Imvepi Refugee Camp to thank God for enabling them to found a new church.

The new Pentecostal church was partly made possible by a new app that links preachers to

Bible Society Australia CEO Greg Clarke has resigned after nine years at the helm.

In a statement, Anne Robinson, chairperson of the organisation's board, said Dr Clarke had overseen an "unprecedented period" in the organisation's history which included the amalgamation of six state bodies into one national body and the

Catholic bishops in Asia have expressed concern over reports Muslims have been targeted in Sri Lanka in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks.

Agenzia Fides reports that Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Bishop of Yangon in Myanmar and president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences,

Chicago, Illinois
RNS

Harvest Bible Chapel has apologised both privately and publicly to a freelance journalist and two bloggers whom it sued last fall.

The lawsuit, which also included the bloggers’ wives, had claimed the journalist and bloggers defamed the Chicago-area megachurch. The lawsuit later was dropped.

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau rejected a $A1 million offer from Rugby Australia to walk away from his contract ahead of this weekend's code of conduct hearing, local media reported on Sunday. 

Folau, a fundamentalist Christian, on Saturday faced a three-member panel who will decide whether

Chennai, India
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Authorities in south India rescued dozens of bonded labourers from a farm on Friday after a tip-off from awareness campaigners that they had been banned from voting in a national election.

The campaigners said they were trying to raise awareness of the importance

Barcelona, Spain
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A turbulent world requires emergency aid to be agile, faster and more efficient, instead of waiting until a crisis hits the headlines, said the chief of a charity launched last week.

With financial backing from the World Bank, IKEA Foundation and donor governments,

RNS

Rachel Held Evans, a popular progressive Christian writer and speaker, died Saturday morning at age 37 after a brief illness.

Evans had been in a medically induced coma for several weeks and never returned to an alert state.

Author Rachel Held Evans.

Nairobi, Kenya
Thomson Reuters Foundation

People fleeing violence in an Ebola-hit region of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are being forced to cross the border illegally into Uganda, risking the virus spreading into the neighbouring East African nation, aid groups said on Friday.

More than 60,000

Washington, DC
RNS

Standing before a National Day of Prayer gathering, Rev Anthony Thompson called himself an example of the day’s theme of loving one another - no matter what.

“Can you love someone who hates you because of the colour of your skin?” he asked the crowd

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