South-East Asian and Western countries have urged all sides in Myanmar to refrain from violence and allow in humanitarian aid, after a shadow government, formed by opponents of military rule, declared a nationwide uprising against the junta.

The National Unity Government said on Tuesday it was launching


The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross appealed on Wednesday to other humanitarian organisations to return to Afghanistan and for the World Bank to unlock funds to support the tottering healthcare system.

Peter Maurer made the comments in a briefing with reporters at the

Houston, Texas, US

A Texas death row inmate set to be executed Wednesday for killing a convenience store worker more than 17 years ago in a robbery that garnered $US1.25 is asking that his pastor be allowed to lay hands on him as he dies by lethal

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong police on Wednesday arrested four members of a pro-democracy group that organises the annual 4th June rally to commemorate those who died in the bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, in the latest blow to the opposition movement.

Activist and barrister Chow Hang

Rome, Italy

Vatican officials declined on Tuesday to say if women would be able to vote on concrete proposals about the future of the Catholic Church at the end of a two-year process of consultation of ordinary faithful that Pope Francis kicks off next month.

For years,

Washington DC, US

In another sign Donald Trump is eyeing a run to regain the White House, the former President and his religious advisers announced the launch of a national faith advisory board last Thursday, apparently aimed at reinvigorating his conservative Christian base.

The new initiative, first

Geneva, Switzerland

Hundreds of thousands of people will die of tuberculosis left untreated because of disruption to healthcare systems in poor countries caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a global aid fund said.

In a few of the world's poorest countries, excess deaths from AIDS and tuberculosis could

Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that it is unconstitutional to punish abortion, unanimously annulling several provisions of a law from Coahuila - a state on the Texas border - that had made abortion a criminal act. 

The decision will immediately affect only the northern

Sydney, Australia

With Australians continuing to flock to be vaccinated against COVID-19, talk of COVID-19 vaccination passports have sparked mixed reactions from Christians and church leaders.  

While more than 2,500 church leaders and around 21,000 members and attendees from major Protestant denominations have a petition sent to Prime Minister Scott

Vatican City

They were not "Get out of jail free" cards but they were possibly one of the next best things.

An ice cream shop sells ice cream dedicated to Pope Francis, a mascarpone and strawberry flavoured creation, in Cassano allo Jonio, southern Italy,


The Taliban drew from its inner high echelons to fill top posts in Afghanistan's new government on Tuesday, including an associate of the Islamist militant movement's founder as premier and a wanted man on a US terrorism list as interior minister.

World powers have told the Taliban

Beirut, Lebanon

Amnesty International said on Tuesday Syrian refugees who returned home were subjected to torture, detention and disappearance by security forces, urging governments to protect them from deportation and forcible return. 

In a report titled You're going to your death the London-based human rights group documented

Rome, Italy

The world’s top Christian leaders - Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians - on Tuesday issued a joint appeal for delegates at the upcoming UN climate summit to “listen to the cry of the Earth” and make sacrifices

New Delhi, India

As COVID-19 cases and deaths exploded in India in April and May, New Delhi's premier Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and several others ran so short of oxygen that many patients in the capital suffocated.

When Reuters visited the hospital on Friday, its


The Taliban claimed victory on Monday in the last part of Afghanistan still holding out against their rule, declaring that the capture of the Panjshir valley completed their takeover of the country and they would unveil a new government soon.

Pictures on social media showed Taliban




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