RNS

For the past 25 years, the number of Americans claiming no religion has steadily ballooned as more and more people quit church, synagogue or mosque and openly acknowledged being a  “none.”

The reality is particularly stark when looked at from a generational perspective. If 10 per cent

Vatican City
RNS

While the newly elected Pope John Paul II stood before Catholic cardinals in the Sistine Chapel on the 16th October, 1978, half a world away in Argentina a middle-aged priest named Jorge Mario Bergoglio was following the election on the radio of his car.

In

Guangzhou, China/Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

The coronavirus outbreak in China may be over by April, the country's senior medical adviser said on Tuesday, but deaths surpassed 1,000 and the World Health Organization warned of a global threat potentially worse than terrorism.

The world must "wake up and consider this

Mexico City, Mexico
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Central American migrants are being kidnapped, raped and trafficked in Mexico as they seek to enter the United States amid a migration crackdown, a medical charity said on Tuesday. 

In Mexico's Nuevo Laredo city - separated from the United States by the

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

From public transport to cycling, sustainable transport is on course to overtake driving in the world's biggest cities within a decade, according to a study released on Monday.

Private car trips will drop by 10 per cent on average by 2030 to make

Shanghai, China
Reuters

China reported 108 new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, a daily record, bringing the total number of people killed in the country to 1,016, but the number of new cases fell.

There were 2,478 new confirmed cases on the mainland on 10th February, down from 3,062

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Australia's highest court on Tuesday ruled two Indigenous men cannot be deported even though they were born overseas and never applied for citizenship, in a landmark ruling for the country's first inhabitants.

Australia's conservative government has in recent months moved to deport hundreds of foreigners

Nairobi, Kenya
Religion Unplugged

In Western Kenya, a group of atheists want to protect religious freedom.

After a principal suspended 17 Seventh-day Adventist students for refusing to sit for exams held on Saturday, when they observe sabbath, the country’s main association of atheists threatened to

RNS

What's on pastors' minds? It may not be what you think, according to a report released last week by Barna Group.

A new survey by the California-based Christian research firm found that Protestant pastors are worried less about hot topics like religious liberty than they are

Reuters

North Korea continued to enhance its nuclear and ballistic missile programs last year in breach of United Nations sanctions, according to a confidential UN report seen by Reuters on Monday.

The country also illicitly imported refined petroleum and exported some $US370 million worth of coal with the

Nairobi, Kenya
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The United Nations is to test drones equipped with mapping sensors and atomisers to spray pesticides in parts of east Africa battling an invasion of desert locusts that are ravaging crops and exacerbating a hunger crisis. 

Hundreds of millions of the voracious insects

Los Angeles
Reuters

South Korean social satire Parasite won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, making history as the first film not in the English language to win the movie industry's highest honour.

Parasite , about the gap between rich and poor in modern Seoul, won a total

Bangkok, Thailand
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A court in Bangkok has asked the city's authorities to stop work on a riverside promenade that urban planners and environmentalists said would worsen flooding and uproot hundreds of families dependent on the river to make a living.

The administrative court last Wednesday

Updated 12pm
Shanghai/Beijing, China
Reuters

The death toll from a coronavirus outbreak in mainland China rose to 908 as of the end of Sunday, the National Health Commission said on Monday. 

The number of new deaths on Sunday rose 97, the NHC said in a statement on its

Guwahati, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Millions of migrants and tribal people in India's north-eastern Assam state could be denied land because of a new definition of the term "Indigenous", land and human rights experts said.

Assam has a long-simmering movement against immigrants and its 2019 land policy,

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