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UK man hands Cyprus Church icon taken by his officer father

Cyprus Orthodox Church Archbishop Chrysostomos II

Nicosia, Cyprus AP An 18th-century icon that a British officer spirited out of war-wracked Cyprus in 1974 was returned Wednesday to the island’s Orthodox Church by the officer’s son to reunite it with those “who really appreciate what it stands for”. A representative of the Cyprus Archbishop Chrysostomos II received the icon during a ceremony […]

Pope warns booming Mauritius against “idolatrous economic model”

Pope Mauritius

Vatican CityRNS Known as a beach bum’s paradise and a millionaire’s tax haven, the island nation of Mauritius welcomed Pope Francis, who encouraged its people to embrace their rich diversity as the country struggles with past and recent forms of colonisation. “You possess an authoritative voice, one that has taken on life,” Francis said while […]

UK, Australian police help Philippines fight child cybersex trafficking

Thomson Reuters Foundation British and Australian police are supporting the Philippines’ first centre to combat the online sexual abuse of children, launched on Wednesday, as the country becomes a global hotspot for the growing crime. The global spread of cheap, high-speed internet and the rise in mobile phone ownership is fuelling cybersex trafficking, with children […]