RNS

Justin Bieber's surprise Easter Sunday release, an EP titled Freedom and his most explicitly religious project to date, has raced to the second spot on the iTunes album chart, just two weeks after he released a full album, Justice .

Complete with a "3:16" timestamp on

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The African Methodist Episcopal Church and other historically Black faith groups in Georgia have delayed a boycott of major companies, planning instead to protest the Masters golf tournament while giving company executives additional time to combat controversial elections law in the state.

According to The Atlanta

New York City, US
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Longstanding inequalities in the US labour market have worsened amid the coronavirus pandemic with working from home fuelling the divide, according to a Gallup report released on Wednesday.

Gallup surveyed more than 7,700 US adults in the final quarter of 2020,

Bogota, Colombia
Reuters

South America is the most worrying region for COVID-19 infections, as cases mount in nearly every country, the director of the Pan American Health Organization said on Wednesday.

"No-where are infections as worrisome as in South America", Director Carissa Etienne said during a weekly press

RNS

First she shook the evangelical world by leaving the Southern Baptist Convention. Now Beth Moore, arguably the evangelical world’s most famous Bible teacher, has begged forgiveness for supporting the theology of male headship rooted in many evangelical cultures.

In a Twitter thread on Wednesday, Moore took aim

RNS

President Joe Biden visited a Virginia seminary chapel that is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination clinic as his administration moved up the date when he hopes all Americans will be eligible to get a vaccine.

“We’re in a situation where we - I believe, by the

Tel Aviv, Israel
AP

Coronavirus lockdowns last year shifted some anti-Semitic hatred online, where conspiracy theories blaming Jews for the pandemic’s medical and economic devastation abounded, Israeli researchers reported Wednesday. That’s raised concerns about a rise in anti-Semitism in the post-pandemic world.

The findings, which came in

Brussels, Belgium
Reuters

European Union health ministers failed on Wednesday to agree a common guidance on the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, despite calls for coordination across member states to combat public hesitancy over taking the shot.

Ministers held an extraordinary virtual meeting just after the European

Belfast, UK
Reuters

Crowds of youths in a pro-British area of Belfast set a hijacked bus on fire and attacked police with stones in the latest of a series of nightly outbreaks of violence that began last week.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was "deeply concerned"

8am, 9th April, 2021 (AEST)
Reuters

Troops in Myanmar opened fire on pro-democracy protesters on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens, the latest victims of a campaign to crush opposition to the ruling military junta, activists and media said.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, leader

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Increases in complaints about sexual abuse and harassment by aid workers are likely a sign that more victims feel able to come forward following closer scrutiny of the sector and increased safeguards, the British Government said on Tuesday.

Aid agencies have come under

Berlin, Germany
AP

Hans Kueng, a Roman Catholic theologian who was an early colleague and friend of the future Pope Benedict XVI but later fell foul of the Vatican for challenging church doctrine and became a vocal critic of the pontiff, has died. He was 93.

Kueng died

Chicago, US
RNS

In the summer of 2020, as the death of George Floyd shined a spotlight on racism and violence against Black Americans, the Asian American Christian Collaborative marched for Black lives.

Months later, leaders of the Black and Asian American churches involved in that march began

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reuters

United Nations teams have received "worrying" reports that Tanzania has rejected over 1,000 people seeking refuge from an Islamic State-claimed attack on a town in northern Mozambique, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday.

The 24th March attack on the town of Palma,

Mumbai, India
Reuters

Hospitals in Maharashtra are running short of beds, piped oxygen and a key anti-viral drug as a second wave of coronavirus infections has swamped India's richest state, doctors and patients' families said.

Home to India's financial capital Mumbai, Maharashtra accounts for nearly a quarter of

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