RNS

Religious rhetoric is not uncommon on Capitol Hill, where politicians often thread references to the Almighty into speeches while participating in political theatre. But in the drama-filled final week of President Trump's impeachment trial, God was essentially a supporting character.

Senator Lindsey Graham said he used his

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

An Indonesian crowdsourcing app is tapping into the competitive spirit of its users by creating Pokemon Go-type games to help map land across the sprawling archipelago and protect forests and Indigenous people, organisers said on Friday.

The Urundata application uses publicly available

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A female Syrian doctor who ran an underground hospital in a besieged rebel stronghold says she hopes an Oscar-nominated documentary showing her work will encourage other women and girls to demand equal treatment with men.

Amani Ballour, 32, is seen facing bombardments and

Washington DC, US
Reuters

Fireflies are under threat globally, with familiar hazards such as habitat loss and pesticides compounded by another peril: humankind's ubiquitous nighttime artificial light that plays havoc with their balletic nocturnal courtship, scientists said.

In the most comprehensive worldwide assessment to date of dangers facing

New Delhi, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Young campaigners say they have had enough of being dubbed their country's "Greta", as the world's media track every move by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, 17, known for starting the school strike movement and berating leaders over climate change.

Last week, eight-year-old

Budapest/Kelebija, Hungary
BosNewsLife

Hundreds of migrants fleeing war, persecution, and poverty camped at the border with Hungary have been returned to asylum centers further inside neighbouring Serbia. The group had been demanding entry into European Union member state Hungary in winter conditions.

Hundreds of people, including men, women,

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A failure to get to grips with climate change and associated problems, from ecosystem collapse to worsening water and food shortages, is the most severe and probable threat facing humanity, more than 200 scientists have warned.

The risks will also likely feed on

Bangkok, Thailand
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Millions of poor farmers and workers will lose access to a cheap and easy way to buy and sell fresh food if Asian cities clamp down on traditional wet markets in the wake of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, analysts warned on Friday.

Wet

Shanghai/Beijing, China
Reuters

A Chinese doctor who tried to warn the world about a new coronavirus died of the disease on Friday, prompting an outpouring of sorrow as the death toll passed 630 and Beijing declared a "people's war" on the rapidly spreading pathogen.

Li Wenliang, 34, died

Rome, Italy
Thomson Reuters Foundation

When scientist Peter Soroye first saw the figures showing estimated bumblebee populations in North America had fallen by nearly 50 per cent in a single generation, he thought it must be a typo.

He checked the numbers - the result of a

London
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Female genital mutilation will take centuries to eradicate despite world leaders promising to end the practice by 2030, according to United Nations data released on Thursday.

FGM remains as common today as 30 years ago in Somalia, Mali, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Chad and Senegal,

A global 70 day campaign of prayer for peace on the Korean Peninsula will kick off in March, coinciding with this year marking the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War.

The campaign, which was launched with events this week hosted by the World Council of Churches in

RNS

Franklin Graham said he will seek out alternative venues for a United Kingdom tour this spring after all eight venues reneged on plans to host the evangelist, saying his views on homosexuality are incompatible with the values of the British people.

Graham, who was in London on

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

The east coast of Australia welcomed the heaviest drenching in years on Friday, dousing some of the country's most damaging and long-running wildfires and easing a drought that has crippled farming across two states.

Sydney alone had seen more than 60 millimetres of rain in

Washington DC, US
RNS

The US State Department announced Wednesday that 27 countries have joined the new International Religious Freedom Alliance that seeks to reduce religious persecution across the globe.

“Together, we say that freedom of religion or belief is not a Western ideal, but truly the bedrock

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