Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Koalas in the Australian state of New South Wales could become extinct by 2050 unless the government immediately intervenes to protect them and their habitat, a parliamentary inquiry determined after a year-long inquiry.

Land clearing for agriculture, urban development, mining and forestry had been

Updated: 9.15pm AEST
Hong Kong, China
Reuters

Hong Kong police fired water cannon and tear gas and arrested nearly 200 people on Wednesday as protesters took to the streets in defiance of sweeping security legislation introduced by China that critics say is aimed at snuffing out dissent.

Beijing

Jackson, Mississippi, US
AP

With a stroke of the Governor’s pen, Mississippi is retiring the last state flag in the US with the Confederate battle emblem - a symbol that’s widely condemned as racist.

Republican Governor Tate Reeves signed the historic bill on Tuesday at the Governor's Mansion, immediately removing

Vatican City
RNS

Six months into 2020, nations around the world are already floundering to salvage their crippled economies.

The Vatican is no exception.

St Peter’s Square is closed in Vatican City on Palm on Sunday, 5th April in Rome. PICTURE: Claire Giangravé/RNS/File photo.

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Washington DC, US
AP

States can't cut religious schools out of programs that send public money to private education, a divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

By a five-to-four vote with the conservatives in the majority, the justices upheld a Montana scholarship program that allows state tax credits for private

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The coronavirus pandemic is reversing progress on ending child marriage and female genital mutilation, jeopardising the futures of millions of girls, a senior UN official said on Tuesday.

"The pandemic both makes our job harder and more urgent as so many more girls

Rome, Italy
AP

Pope Francis is urging Catholic media in the US to work to overcome the “diseases of racism and injustice" in his latest comments about George Floyd's death in the US and the anti-racism protests that followed.

In a message to a virtual conference of Catholic

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Authorities on Tuesday ordered the lockdown of 36 suburbs in Australia's second biggest city Melbourne in an attempt to stop a spike in coronavius cases, a dramatic departure from the relaxation of restrictions elsewhere in the country.

From midnight on Wednesday the first suburb-specific stay-home

Hong Kong/Beijing, China
Reuters

China's parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong on Tuesday, setting the stage for the most radical changes to the former British colony's way of life since it returned to Chinese rule almost exactly 23 years ago.

State media is expected to publish

Four global church bodies have expressed concern over the proposed annexation of occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank by the Israeli Government, saying such a move would be "in direct violation of international law".

In a joint ecumenical statement released on Monday, the World Council of Churches, World Communion

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu and actor George Clooney are among more than 100 people who have signed an appeal for COVID-19 vaccines to be declared a global common good and made widely available.

The appeal is led by the founder of

Rome, Italy
AP

The Vatican says Pope Francis has been informed about an appeal launched by a group of Catholics in Poland urging intervention into cases where bishops have continued to cover up for priests who sexually molest children. 

The group 'EnoughHarm' took out a full-page advertisement on

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Safety guidelines for working during the pandemic in Brazil, a global epicentre of the coronavirus, came under heavy criticism on Monday by labour groups who said the rules amounted to criminal disregard for workers' and public health.

The guidelines, one set

New York City, US
AP

Abortion opponents vented their disappointment and fury on Monday after the Supreme Court issued a five-to-four decision to strike down a Louisiana law that would have curbed abortion access.

The ruling delivered a defeat to anti-abortion activists, but President Donald Trump's reelection campaign quickly

Thomson Reuters Foundation

The United States has undermined its credibility in the global drive to end human trafficking by giving itself top marks in its annual report on the crime despite dwindling prosecutions and protection for foreign victims, advocates said on Monday.

Since 2000, the US State Department's

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