Johannesberg, South Africa
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Pope Francis set off for Mozambique on Wednesday, six months after the poor southern African nation was struck by the worst two cyclones in its history, which flooded villages, flattened a major port city and killed more than 600 people.

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RNS

A new study of how the media covers minorities in the United States finds that depictions of Muslims in the news remain by far the most frequent and the most negative.

“Muslims are just way down there in comparison to the other groups,” said Erik Bleich,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A Malaysian court that promised justice for victims of human trafficking made eight convictions in its inaugural year despite the launch of hundreds of investigations in recent years, data obtained exclusively by the Thomson Reuters Foundation revealed.

Malaysia is a magnet for

Vatican City
RNS

Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church are meeting at the Vatican for a synod aimed at strengthening the Byzantine Rite church’s ties with Rome while maintaining its identity in the ongoing tug of war between East and West.

Ukrainian Greek Catholics, who make up

Wellington, New Zealand
Reuters

New Zealand, facing a shortage of affordable housing, scrapped its target to build 100,000 homes in 10 years as "overly ambitious" on Wednesday and reset some policies for grappling with what it calls a crisis. 

Housing Minister Megan Woods unveiled measures that include

Hong Kong
Reuters

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Wednesday withdrew an extradition bill that triggered months of often violent protests so the Chinese-ruled city can move forward from a "highly vulnerable and dangerous" place and find solutions.

Her televised announcement came after Reuters reports on Friday and

Melbourne, Australia
Reuters

Australia has met its 2020 target for generating electricity from large-scale renewable energy a year ahead of plan, the country's clean energy regulator said on Wednesday, even as wind and solar investment has slowed.

The renewable energy target was achieved despite more than a decade

London
Reuters

Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in wealthy countries and could become the world's biggest killer within just a few decades if current trends persist, researchers said on Tuesday.

Publishing the findings of two large studies in The Lancet medical

Vienna, Austria
Reuters

Vienna has held off Melbourne to retain the top spot on the Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Index for 2019, further strengthening its reputation as the world's most pleasant city, while the 'gilets jaunes' protests hurt Paris' score.

The Austrian capital, which attracts tourists for

Marsh Harbour, Bahamas
Reuters

Hurricane Dorian has left parts of tourism-dependent Bahamas in ruins and relief officials on Tuesday were preparing for an unfolding humanitarian crisis with the scale of the catastrophe only beginning to emerge.

Aerial video recorded over the Bahamas' Great Abaco Island showed mile upon

Russell Garland regularly attends worship at St Andrew's Cathedral in central Sydney. But on Sunday morning he came with special purpose. He and his wife, who hail from the suburb of Newtown,  were there to celebrate the Anglican cathedral's 200 year history.

For Garland, there was a special connection - when Glenn

Johannesburg, South Africa
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Activists have warned of an “epidemic” of violence against women in South Africa after a spate of killings and rapes sparked outrage in a country with one of the world’s highest murder rates.

A female boxing champion was gunned down on Friday

Marsh Harbour, Bahamas
Reuters

Hurricane Dorian grew in size and picked up speed on Tuesday, and was forecast to come "dangerously close" to Florida's coast after pounding Grand Bahama Island for about a day, killing at least five people.

Dorian, which over the weekend had been one of

London
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Rapid population growth, combined with a hike in hot and dry years, is likely to dramatically increase the number of people suffering water scarcity on the upper River Nile, climate change scientists said last week.

By 2030, demand for Nile water will exceed supply,

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