Bogota, Colombia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The toppling of a statue of a Spanish conqueror by Indigenous people in Colombia this week has opened up debate over how the historic arrival and rule by Western Europeans and the suffering of native people should be remembered.

Members of the Misak

Washington DC
AP

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back Friday against the Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco's criticism of COVID-related restrictions, saying he should “follow science” rather than advocate for fuller in-person gatherings for Mass and worship.

Asked about Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone's recent op-ed protesting limits on larger public

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Police and prosecutors in Britain are not bringing enough human traffickers to justice, the country's anti-slavery commissioner said on Thursday amid concerns that the coronavirus pandemic is preventing many victims from being identified or seeking help.

Modern slavery prosecutions have fallen during the

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Women's rights campaigners in Japan have expressed disappointment about the appointment of only two women in the new government's 21-member cabinet, saying they expect little progress to tackle wide gender disparities.

Yoshihide Suga, who took office as Prime Minister on Wednesday following the resignation of

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich are the world's smartest cities, according to an index published on Thursday amid a growing debate on the future of urban design for a post-COVID era.

From smart traffic cameras and car sharing apps to pollution monitoring and free

United Nations
Reuters

UN food chief David Beasley called on the world's billionaires on Thursday to step up to help save some 30 million people he said are at risk of dying if they don't receive help from the World Food Programme.

Globally some 270 million people were

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Child marriage is on the rise in Bangladesh's Rohingya refugee camps and the risk of human trafficking grows with every day the pandemic shuts youth services, according to a UN-led study that was released on Thursday.

Bangladesh scaled back activities in the

Washington DC, US
RNS

The head of the Federal Election Commission chastised Catholic bishops during a pair of interviews this week, accusing church hierarchy of “hiding behind” their non-profit status and declaring that this year’s US election amounts to a “spiritual war” that threatens the country’s “Christian moral

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Ethiopia will repatriate nearly 2,000 migrants from Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks, a government minister said on Thursday, amid growing international concern over conditions in migrant detention camps.

Ethiopia is estimated to have tens of thousands of workers in Saudi Arabia

AP

When the Chicago Marathon was cancelled due to coronavirus, Sister Stephanie Baliga decided to put on her sneakers and run the standard 42 kilometres - in her convent’s basement.

It started as a promise. Baliga had told her running team that in the event of a cancellation,

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Soaring global demand for hand sanitiser to combat the new coronavirus could increase the use of forced and child labour in sugarcane plantations, UK-based researchers said on Thursday.

Sugarcane is used to make ethanol for alcohol-based gels and seven of the world's largest

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

The World Health Organization's top emergency expert, asked on Thursday about contradictory remarks by President Donald Trump and US health officials on COVID-19, said it was important for all countries to have "consistent messaging" for their public.

Trump took exception on Wednesday to comments from

Reuters

Global coronavirus cases are expected to pass 30 million on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, with the pandemic showing no signs of slowing.

India was firmly in focus as the latest epicentre, although North and South America combined accounted for almost half of the global

Religion Unplugged

A new study finds kids who attend Christian private schools in the US are more likely to marry and stay married and less likely to have a child out of wedlock than students who attend public schools.

The study by the Institute

Chicago, US
RNS

The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago is planning to put its downtown headquarters up for sale.

The dark, midcentury office building at 65 E Huron St, not far from the city’s downtown landmarks and glittering Magnificent Mile, houses the offices of the bishop, Episcopal Charities and

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