Mumbai, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Police in Mumbai have charged nine alleged members of a baby-trafficking ring - among them a nurse at a maternity hospital and agents who operated in the impoverished slums of India's financial capital, officials said on Monday.

In the second such

Rome, Italy
AP

Pope Francis is honoring civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, on the commemoration of his birthday, saying his message of equality through peaceful means remains more timely than ever.

Francis sent a message of prayer Monday to King’s daughter, Rev Bernice King, with

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

The world is on the brink of "catastrophic moral failure" in sharing COVID-19 vaccines, the head of the World Health Organization said on Monday, urging countries and manufacturers to spread doses more fairly around the world.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the prospects for

In 2020, huge swarms of Biblical proportions struck the region, destroying food crops and animal pastures, and pushed hunger and economic hardship to new levels. And as though that is not enough, the United Nations warned in January, 2021, that a new invasion has started spreading in East Africa.

“We

Washington DC, US
AP

President-elect Joe Biden will deliver an appeal to national unity when he is sworn in Wednesday and plans immediate moves to combat the coronavirus pandemic and undo some of President Donald Trump’s most controversial policies, his incoming chief of staff said Sunday.

Biden intends

Thomson Reuters Foundation

A crackdown by the United States on cotton imports from China's Xinjiang region is a "big red flag" that should spur retailers to ensure their supply chains are free of forced labor involving Uighur Muslims, according to a senior US customs official.

US Customs

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Dozens of children are still waiting to be reunited with their families after crossing into Sudan alone to flee conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, aid agencies said, warning that they could be at risk of abuse, trafficking and child labour.

More than

Washington DC, US
AP

As a politically divided nation prepares to inaugurate a new president in the wake of a violent insurrection at the US Capitol, a group of Christian leaders is hoping to ease tensions through prayer during three days of ecumenical, non-partisan programming.

Using the slogan

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

Fiji, the favourite of Western nations, won the presidency of the UN Human Rights Council on Friday, beating Bahrain and Uzbekistan in a secret ballot that resolved a tense deadlock over the selection.

The vote was called after an impasse that meant the council,

Tbilisi, Georgia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Anti-slavery groups have urged Uzbekistan to step up action to tackle baby trafficking after government figures revealed an "alarming" number of infants were being sold in the country. 

Uzbek authorities recorded 185 such cases during the past four years, the interior ministry said

Updated: 12pm (AEDT)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania/Lansing, Michigan, US
Reuters

Law enforcement officers far outnumbered protesters at state capitol grounds on Sunday, as few Trump supporters who believe the President's false claim that he won the 2020 election turned out for what authorities feared could be violent demonstrations.

More

London, UK
Reuters

People across the world are generally likely to say yes to getting a COVID-19 vaccine, but would be more distrustful of shots made in China or Russia than those developed in Germany or the United States, an international poll shows.

The survey, conducted by the

Vatican City
RNS

Cardinal George Pell, former secretary for the economy, praised Pope Francis' ongoing financial reform efforts in an online conference last week, while calling for more lay involvement.

“The Catholic people are entitled to honesty and efficiency,” Pell said at the online event on Thursday organised

Cairo, Egypt
Thomson Reuters Foundation

When 83-year-old Farida El Choubachy ran for parliament in Egypt last year, she did not expect to win, let alone become the first woman in 42 years to preside over its opening session.

Her speech to parliament last Tuesday made history in

RNS

Commemorations of the life of Rev Martin Luther King, Jr, look different this year, with few in-person opportunities to preach, pray and volunteer amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But many online gatherings that mark his birthday on Friday and the holiday in his honour on Monday will apply

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