Even Harry Connick, Jr's, iconic, New Orleans croon can't hide just how meaningful making his new album was to him in a time when he needed it most.

“This project helped me through my faith in the time of COVID,” said Connick of his collection of six

Kampala, Uganda

Uganda is mourning Catholic Archbishop of Kampala, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, who has died at the age of 68.

Lwanga’s personal doctor pronounced him dead a few minutes after 9am local time on Saturday after his body was discovered in his room. However, it was not until

Geneva, Switzerland

A record 27.3 million people in Democratic Republic of Congo, or about one-third of its population, are suffering from acute hunger, largely because of conflict and the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations said on Tuesday. 

The figure makes Congo home

Jerusalem, Israel

A sceptical President tasked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday with forming a new government, after another inconclusive election deepened political stalemate in Israel.

The country's longest-serving leader, in power consecutively since 2009, now faces the tough challenge of enlisting enough allies for a governing


Coronavirus-related deaths worldwide crossed three million on Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, as the latest global resurgence of COVID-19 infections is challenging vaccination efforts across the globe.

Worldwide COVID-19 deaths are rising once again, especially in Brazil and India. Health officials blame more infectious variants that

London, UK

The family of Britain's Captain Tom Moore, the World War II veteran who lifted a nation's spirits during the pandemic, are calling for people to come together and raise funds for charity on what would have been his 101st birthday.

Moore struck a chord with


More than 1,800 inmates escaped from a Nigeria prison after an attack by gunmen carrying rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns, explosives and rifles, the BBC reported on Tuesday. 

The attackers used explosives to blast the administrative block of the prison in the south-eastern town of Owerri and enter

Faro, Portugal

Carla Lacerda used to earn a good salary selling duty-free goods to holidaymakers arriving at Algarve airport in southern Portugal, but she lost her job last August due to the COVID-19 pandemic and quickly ran out of cash to feed her two kids.

The 40-year-old

Washington DC, US

The United States is looking into reports of human rights abuses and atrocities in Ethiopia's Tigray region, the US State Department said on Monday. 

Department spokesman Ned Price told a news briefing that the United States is "gravely concerned" about accounts last week by


A coalition of faith leaders and activists on Monday demanded the elimination of the Senate filibuster, wading into a crucial debate in Washington with a 50-50 Senate and President Joe Biden eyeing ambitious legislation on expanding voting rights, stemming gun violence and other proposals that face opposition

Los Angeles, US

Six Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles are closing at the end of the 2020-21 school year due to financial hardships heightened by COVID-19.

“These six schools had been trying to overcome financial challenges long before the pandemic,” said Paul Escala,

Khartoum, Sudan

Sudan's government has declared a state of emergency in West Darfur state after at least 40 people were killed and 58 injured in three days of tribal clashes in capital El Geneina, according to the United Nations. 

The incident is the latest in a resurgence

Havana, Cuba

During some summers, as the Caribbean water temperatures climb, the luminous coral colonies of gold, green and blue that ring the island nation of Cuba give way to patches of skeletal white.

The technicolour streaks of darting tropical fish flash less frequently. The rasping sounds

Maputo, Mozambique

The town in northern Mozambique that Islamic State-linked insurgents attacked late last month is now secure after the military killed a significant number of militants and cleared one final area, an army spokesman and a provincial official said.

"We have completed the clearing [of the

Malaka, Indonesia

Floods and landslides triggered by tropical cyclone Seroja in a cluster of islands in southeast Indonesia and East Timor have killed 113 people, with many still unaccounted for and thousands displaced, officials said on Monday.

At least 86 deaths were reported on several islands




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