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Hundreds attend funeral of family burned alive in Russian drone attack

Kharkiv, Ukraine Reuters Hundreds of mourners, many sobbing uncontrollably, gathered on Monday at the funeral of a family of five, including three small children, burned alive in a Russian drone attack in the north-eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. “Why did young children have to die?” Tetiana Putyatina wept before collapsing as she embraced the coffins […]

Vatican eases rules on the ashes of the dead

A view shows the Rome skyline before Pope Francis' weekly general audience at the Vatican, on 23rd September, 2020

Vatican CityReuters A small part of a dead person’s cremated ashes may be stored in a place that was dear to them rather than in a church or cemetery, the Vatican said on Tuesday, softening its previous stance on the issue. In previous guidance from 2016, the Vatican said the ashes must be kept in […]

“So many bodies piled up”: Hong Kong funeral services overwhelmed by COVID

China Hong Kong coronavirus isolation facility

Hong Kong, ChinaReuters Traditional wooden coffins are running short in Hong Kong as authorities scramble to add mortuary space in the global financial hub’s battle on COVID-19, which is swamping funeral parlours. “I have never seen so many bodies piled up together,” said funeral director Lok Chung, 37, who has been working round the clock, […]

Lower-caste Indian villagers given cremation ground after funeral stopped

India cremation

Lucknow, IndiaThomson Reuters Foundation A low-caste Indian community prevented from holding a funeral by their upper-caste neighbours in a case that triggered widespread outrage have been given their own cremation ground, authorities said on Thursday.  About 200 men intervened to stop the cremation last week, removing the body of a woman from a funeral pyre […]

Anger in India after lower-caste woman’s body taken off funeral pyre

Funeral in India

Lucknow, IndiaThomson Reuters Foundation The body of a lower-caste Dalit woman was taken off a funeral pyre in India by a group of upper-caste men who said she could not be cremated on communal land, police said on Tuesday, a case that prompted angry calls for an end to caste discrimination. The funeral was being […]