Dakar, Senegal
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Violence in West Africa's Sahel region has never spread so fast nor affected so many people, the United Nations said on Thursday, warning of an "unprecedented" humanitarian crisis. 

The number of people uprooted in Burkina Faso, Mali and western Niger has increased

Communities and individuals around the world have been invited to contribute to the making of a World Council of Churches' tapestry which the WCC say will make a "powerful" international statement of their commitment to end rape and violence.

The quilted tapestry, which will reflect a waterfall with messages and

The Hague, The Netherlands
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Iran plans to scrap a law banning women from passing their nationality to their children, which human rights experts said could help thousands of children living in legal limbo by letting them acquire citizenship.

Iran is one of 25 countries that

London
Thomson Reuters Foundation

When inventor Virginia Gardiner wanted to test-drive a toilet aimed at providing safe sanitation in the developing world, she knew just where to turn - a British music festival.

Her firm Loowatt, which turns waste into fertiliser and energy, is among a growing number

The Hague, The Netherlands
Thomson Reuters Foundation

An estimated 10 to 15 million people are not recognised as nationals by any country, often depriving them of basic rights most of the world takes for granted such as education, healthcare, housing and jobs.

An international conference opening in The

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The government of Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state has expanded an unpaid work scheme for prisoners that human rights experts have denounced as illegal, official documents obtained exclusively by the Thomson Reuters Foundation show.

Brazil's penal system has long relied on

RNS

Fifty per cent of practicing Christians say the history of American slavery continues to significantly affect the African American community today, a Barna study shows.

A slightly smaller percentage of the general population of US adults surveyed (46 per cent) agrees that, almost 400 years after slaves

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Matamoros, Mexico
Reuters

A harrowing photo of a Salvadoran migrant and his young daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande at the US-Mexico border became the focus on Wednesday of a US political debate over President Donald Trump's asylum policies.

The

Athens, Greece
Reuters

Climate change is threatening ancient Greek monuments, among them the Acropolis, one of the most-visited archaeological sites in the world, scientists said.

Air pollution and acid rain are eroding marbles, while extreme weather phenomena such as droughts or torrential rains have led ancient walls and

United Nations, New York City, US
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The home is one of the most dangerous places for women, the United Nations said on Tuesday, as research showed only four in 10 countries criminalise marital rape. 

A dozen countries allow rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their

Religious freedom advocacy CSW has expressed "deep concern" after a number of people were arrested by Eritrean security officers at a church gathering in the country's second largest city of Keren on Sunday.

The UK-based organisation said those arrested at the gathering of Faith Missions Church members included pregnant women,

London
Reuters

Britain banned sales of crowd-control equipment such as tear gas to Hong Kong on Tuesday and called for an investigation after police clashed with demonstrators opposed to a bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.

Millions of people have

Manama, Bahrain
Reuters

The US Trump administration launched a $US50 billion economic formula for Israeli-Palestinian peace on Tuesday, saying an investment programme for the Palestinians was a precondition for ending the decades-old conflict.

President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner opened a two-day international meeting in

A Christian father-of-two was given a suspended prison sentence and fined for holding worship at his house in north-west Algeria, reports Morning Star News.

Prosecutors had sought a six-month prison sentence and a fine of 500,000 Algerian dinars ($US4,200) for the 35-year-old father in Mostaganem, a coastal town

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

The world is on course for "climate apartheid", where the rich buy their way out of the worst effects of global warming while the poor bear the brunt, a UN human rights report said on Tuesday.

The report, submitted to the UN Human Rights Council

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