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Torture, flogging and summary killings are rife in secret prisons run by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, an armed group controlling swathes of northern Syria.
Sadness is being expressed by church leaders over the the death of Dr Kang Moon-Kyu, an ecumenical leader from South Korea and former president of the WCC.
Concerns are being raised about new figures showing a large drop in women's wages in Scotland.
The Edinburgh-based Just Festival has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £25,000 in support of artists from Soweto.
Paraguay has quietly granted cattle ranchers a license to bulldoze a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve which is also the last refuge of uncontacted Ayoreo Indians.
A group of MPs and religious leaders will sail past the Houses of Parliament today, stopping at the Commons Terrace, to mark UN International Migrants Day.
The new Moderator of the WCC Central Committee has called on South Sudan to have a “Mandela moment” in the aftermath of an attempted coup.
NHS Bood and Transplant, supported by church campaign fleshandblood, is encouraging people to think about blood donation this Christmas.
Brazil's government should give full consideration to Edward Snowden's claim for asylum in its country, human rights groups have said.