New Delhi, India
Reuters

India has eased its COVID-19 rules on testing, quarantine and hospital admissions in a bid to free up resources for its neediest people, a strategy hailed by experts even though it carries the risk of a heavy undercount of infections and deaths.

Reuters

NASA on Wednesday embarked on a months-long, painstaking process of bringing its newly launched James Webb Space Telescope into focus, a task due for completion in time for the revolutionary eye in the sky to begin peering into the cosmos by early summer.

Mission control engineers at

Reuters

The United States' Congressional-Executive Commission on China released a letter to the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday voicing concern over forced labour in the production of uniforms ahead of the Beijing Games. 

The CECC is concerned that Anta Sports and Hengyuanxiang Group, with which the IOC has

New Orleans, US
AP

A Louisiana pastor’s lawsuit over Governor John Bel Edwards’ past COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings was rejected for a second time Wednesday by a federal judge.

US District Judge Brian Jackson in Baton Rouge said the lawsuit by Tony Spell seeking an order blocking the restrictions

Vatican City
RNS

In a decree signed on 5th January, the Vatican tightened its COVID-19 regulations by requiring the use of FFP2 masks (similar to N95 masks) inside and making vaccinations and booster shots mandatory for employees and visitors wishing to enter the Vatican Museums and gardens.

The

RNS

Hartford International University for Religion and Peace has launched its new Howard Thurman Center for Justice and Transformational Ministry, an expansion of its longtime Black Ministries Program, named for the 20th-century theologian and mystic.

Joel N Lohr, president of the university that previously was known as Hartford

Sao Joaquim de Bicas, Brazil
Reuters

Three years ago, the collapse of the tailings dam at an iron ore mine forced them to move their homes to higher ground.

Now, the rain-swollen Paraopeba River has flooded their new village and left them homeless again.

Dublin, Ireland
Reuters

Ireland will allow adopted people automatic access to their birth records for the first time under new laws the government hopes will end a "historic wrong", including for thousands sent for adoption in secret by Catholic institutions.

International laws say all children should be able

Kabul, Afghanistan
Reuters

The Taliban administration that seized control of Afghanistan proposed a joint body on Wednesday of its officials and international representatives to coordinate billions of dollars in planned aid.

It was not clear whether the United Nations and foreign governments would back any such agreement

Vatican City
Reuters

Pope Francis on Wednesday urged governments to combat child labour, saying it was terrible that children who should be playing are instead working as adults or scavenging in garbage dumps for something to sell.

Speaking at his weekly general audience Francis also lamented that in

Mogadishu, Mozambique
Reuters

A car bomb exploded on a road leading to the airport in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, killing at least eight people, the head of the city's ambulance services said.

A general view shows the scene of an explosion in the

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reuters

An air strike in the town of Mai Tsebri in Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray on Monday killed at least 17 people, mostly women, and wounded dozens, two aid workers told Reuters, citing local authorities and eyewitnesses.

The United Nations said it had been

Albuquerque, New Mexico, US
AP

The head of one of the oldest Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States says now is the time to rejuvenate and sustain a global conversation about the need for nuclear disarmament and how to develop ways to avoid a new nuclear arms

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Governments are struggling to adopt climate-smart policies as COVID-19 hits economic activity and forces them to focus instead on tackling surging social inequality, the World Economic Forum said on Tuesday.

Failure to implement emissions-cutting pledges and the "dramatic consequences" in terms of devastating

Los Angeles, US
RNS

Rev Al Sharpton, speaking at the funeral of the 14-year-old fatally shot by a Los Angeles Police Department officer, recalled coming to Los Angeles 30 years ago to protest the beating of Rodney King by police.

“We keep seeing LAPD get it wrong. And

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