RNS

A rare medieval Pentateuch manuscript that had been in private collections for years will go on display Friday at the Museum of the Bible.

The volume, which dates to around the year 1000, was acquired two years ago by the Green Collection, headed by billionaire Steve Green

London, UK
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With climate protests surging around the world, Collins Dictionary has declared 'climate strike' its 2019 'word of the year', noting the term's use has soared 100 times higher than in previous years.

The Glasgow-based company bases its choice on an annual search of

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Singapore is clamping down on landlords whose rental flats serve as "pop up" brothels but campaigners said on Thursday it would do little to help the women who are trafficked into sex work.

The government announced tougher sentences this week in a

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Access to cooling technologies is crucial for reasons far beyond just staying comfortable on a hot day.

As global temperatures continue to creep upward as a result of climate change, a little over one billion people face threats because they lack cooling methods,

RNS

John Crist’s upcoming Netflix holiday special is on hold after allegations the popular comedian has used his celebrity status and Christian reputation to sexually harass women.

A Netflix spokesperson confirmed to Religion News Service on Thursday that the status of Crist’s special, entitled I

Vatican City
RNS

Only a few days after the United States officially gave notice of its intention to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, Pope Francis took the opportunity to praise a gathering of environmental regulators meeting in Rome this week. 

In a statement to participants of the

Wellington, New Zealand
Reuters

New Zealand has placed itself on the right side of history in the battle against climate change, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday, after lawmakers adopted a measure to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.

Thursday's framework enshrines in law the

New Delhi, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

As India prepares to install a nationwide facial recognition system in an effort to catch criminals and find missing children, human rights and technology experts on Thursday warned of the risks to privacy and from increased surveillance.

Use of the camera technology

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Australia will offer farmers hurt by drought up to $A1 billion in cheap loans, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, as the government seeks to curb rising discontent from rural voters.

Farmers across Australia's east coast have been battling drought conditions for more than

Yaounde, Cameroon
Thomson Reuters Foundation

With her award-winning online blood bank, Cameroonian nurse-turned-entrepreneur Melissa Bime won international fame and funding but faced one major problem: working in her own country. 

Two years after Bime set up Infiuss - a blood delivery service to stem needless deaths through accidents,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A landmark equal pay deal brokered by the Australian women's soccer team, the Matildas, has the potential to boost female participation in sports, equality advocates and sports groups said on Wednesday.

Australian soccer's governing body announced it had reached a "unique" agreement

London
Reuters

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson officially kicks off his election campaign on Wednesday with a promise to "get Brexit done" in contrast to his main rival, whom he compared to Soviet leader Josef Stalin.

Britons will go to the polls on 12th December after parliament agreed

RNS

The bishops of the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church in the US have declared their churches a “safe harbour” for LGBTQ clergy.

The Safe Harbor Declaration was announced Wednesday as United Methodists’ Council of Bishops wrapped up its autumn meeting in Lake Junaluska, North

Lisbon
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Technology firms are hiring more women and narrowing the gender gap, a poll by Europe's largest technology conference found on Wednesday, but female leaders said the multi-trillion dollar industry was still failing to put them in its boardrooms.

A poll of 600 women in

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