Christians in Nigeria, India, and China are expected to face increased persecution in the coming year, according to UK-based Release International.

The organisation, which supports persecuted Christians and has welcomed a recent move by UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to launch an inquiry into the persecution of Christians

The number of journalists and media staff who died in work-related incidents in 2018 rose to 94, up from last year's total of 82, according to figures from the International Federation of Journalists.

The data shows that 84 journalists, cameramen, fixers and technicians died in targeted killings, bomb

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With billions of people either starving or obese, poor diets have become a leading cause of disease and death, prompting calls for a new approach in 2019 to how food is produced to stem rising rates of malnutrition.

Eating unhealthy food, or not having enough

At least 56 people have reportedly died in landslides and floods following a damaging storm in the country's east.

Police said most of the victims died in landslides and have expressed fears the death toll could grow. They said most people died in landslides.

More than 22,000 people in six

Some 40 Catholic priests, seminarians and lay people were killed during 2018, almost double the previous years total, according to figures collated by Agenzia Fides.

The Catholic news agency data shows 35 of those killed were priests, one was a seminarian and four were lay people.

Africa, where

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From floods to extreme heat, 10 of the worst climate-linked disasters in 2018 caused at least $US84.8 billion worth of damage, said a study released by the charity Christian Aid on Thursday.

Extreme weather driven by climate change hit every populated continent this

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Syrian refugees in Lebanon are falling deeper into debt, with 2018 being the worst year yet, as more families marry off children to cope financially, according to a report by the United Nations released on Wednesday.

The study by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, the

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Farmers in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh are getting back land that was taken from them more than a decade ago by the government because it was not used, a rare move in a country riven by conflict over land.

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel of

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Five Christians in Algeria were acquitted on Tuesday of the charge of inciting a Muslim to change her religion, sources said.

A judge at the court of Bouira acquitted Rachid Ouali, whose Muslim wife had filed the charges against him. Ouali, his friend Ali Laarchi,

The death toll from a tsunami which struck parts of the coastline of the western Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra has reached at least 430 with almost 1,500 more injured.

The tsunami, which hit coastal communities on Saturday night, was triggered by volcanic activity on Anak Krakatau, a volcano

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From stopping child trafficking to mapping slums or delivering medicines, governments and companies found new ways to use technology in 2018 to help people globally.

Here are 10 new uses of technology in the past year:

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Jeremy and Kristy Morris believe telling the story of Christmas is a ministry.

So they drape their home in Hayden, Idaho, with more than 200,000 lights and set up a live nativity - complete with a real camel - on their lawn.

The Morris

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Be it banning plastic or enshrining worker rights, an increasing number of businesses are reinventing the way they operate by putting people and the planet before profit.

For some companies, that has involved a public and transparent overhaul of their business model, as well as

At least 222 people have died and hundreds more been injured in Indonesia after a tsunami struck parts of Java and Sumatra following an underwater landslide caused by an erupting volcano.

Officials were quoted as saying the disaster resulted from volcanic activity on Anak Krakatau and that with many affected

A new clinic where the homeless can get free medical help has opened in St Peter's Square in what the Vatican has described as a "Christmas gift".

Pope Francis announced the opening of the 'Mother of Mercy' clinic, located under the colonade in the square, on Saturday. It will be

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