Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Reuters

Russian-led forces will begin withdrawing from Kazakhstan in two days' time after stabilising the Central Asian nation following serious unrest, the President said on Tuesday, in a speech that took aim at wealthy associates of his predecessor. 

In a video call with parliament after putting

Rome, Italy
AP

Pope Francis grew up listening to the opera on the radio, is a fan of Argentine tango and thinks Mozart “lifts you to God".

But it still came as a something of a shock to see the 85-year-old pontiff coming out of a downtown Rome

RNS

More than 350 people have signed a petition calling the Anglican Church in North America to honour abuse survivors’ wishes regarding an investigation into the handling of abuse allegations.

The petition, published on Thursday by the abuse prevention advocacy group #ACNAtoo, asks that ACNA hire an investigative

Rome, Italy
Reuters

Italian Catholic and Jewish leaders on Tuesday condemned as outrageous an episode in which right-wing extremists put a flag with a swastika on a coffin outside a church after a religious funeral and gave Nazi salutes.

Rome's Catholic archdiocese said in a statement that priests

Khartoum, Sudan
Reuters

On the afternoon of 30th December, security forces banged on the windows of Khartoum Teaching Hospital then fired tear gas into an emergency room packed with protesters injured in a nearby demonstration. 

"We were around the corner trying to hide, it came right past our

Belgrade, Serbia
AP

Patriarch Porfirije, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, has tested positive for COVID-19, the church said Tuesday, amid a surge in infections in the country and elsewhere in the Balkan region. 

Porfirije has developed “very mild symptoms of the virus infection” and remains

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

UN agencies on Tuesday asked donors for $US4.4 billion in humanitarian aid for Afghanistan in 2022, calling the funds an "essential stop gap" to ensure the country's future after a period of turmoil marked by the Taliban's seizure of power and a hasty US

Seoul, South Korea
Reuters

North Korea appeared to test fire a ballistic missile on Tuesday for the second time in less than a week, drawing condemnation from South Korea, Japan and the United States where officials said the repeated launches risked destabilising the region.

The suspected ballistic missile

London, UK
Reuters

British republicans said on Monday they would launch a campaign to end the monarchy in the run-up to celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth's 70 years on the throne.

Elizabeth, 95, the world's oldest and longest-reigning monarch, will mark her seventh decade as sovereign next month

Athens, Greece
Reuters

A marble fragment of the Parthenon temple has been returned to Athens from a museum in Sicily, a move officials hope will advance efforts to have the British Museum send back ancient sculptures from Greece's most renowned ancient landmark.

Athens' Acropolis Museum presented on Monday the

Rome, Italy
AP

Pope Francis took the first step Monday to reorganise the Vatican’s powerful doctrine office, removing the number two official widely believed responsible for a controversial document barring blessings for same-sex couples because God “cannot bless sin".

Francis named Archbishop Giacomo Morandi, currently the secretary of

Reuters

The Bosnian Serb leadership risks sanctions and a loss of aid should it continue to incite tensions among Bosnian communities with inflammatory rhetoric as used during the celebrations of its statehood day on Sunday, the EU said on Monday.

The 9th January marks the date in 1992

Brussels, Belgium
Reuters

Last year was the world's fifth hottest on record, while levels of planet-warming carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere hit new highs in 2021, European Union scientists said.

The EU's Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said in a report on Monday that the last seven years

Washington DC, US
Reuters

US Senate Democrats are urging the Biden administration to allow at least two million immigrants in the country illegally to prolong their stay and to prevent deportation to home countries where natural disasters and crises prevent their safe return.

They want President Joe Biden,

New York City, US
AP

Sorrow welled across a Bronx community Monday, a day after a fire and choking smoke engulfed a high-rise apartment building that claimed the lives of 17 people, eight of them children.

As survivors recalled the frantic chaos of their escape, bereft family and

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