World News

  • November 7, 2016

    Fears for the safety of civilians in eastern and western Aleppo city are mounting amid the looming threat of a resumption and possible escalation of fighting and bombardment by Syrian government forces  – with Russian support – and non-state armed groups once a 'humanitarian pause' in the city comes to an end says Amnesty International.

  • November 5, 2016

    “This is the time to step forward and act as trustees to Mother Earth. Together, by supporting each other’s progress we can go further and faster”, reads the 'COP22 Interfaith Statement', a document prepared by faith communities involved in advocacy work on climate change at the 22nd Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

  • November 4, 2016

    Some 20,700 people have been displaced since the operation to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from terrorists started on 17 October says the United Nations Children’s Fund estimating that 9,700 of them are children in urgent need of assistance.

  • November 3, 2016

    Police in Italy have subjected refugees and migrants to serious ill-treatment, including  beatings, electric shocks – and have even used pliers on one man's testicles – to force them to be fingerprinted under an EU-sponsored scheme to process refugees and migrants in the country. In some cases, this treatment may amount to torture.

  • November 2, 2016

    Pakistan’s Supreme Court has stayed the execution of a severely mentally ill man who was due to be hanged today.

  • November 1, 2016

    The fierce offensive on western Aleppo city launched by armed opposition groups on 28 October 2016 has seen indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas, Amnesty International has said.

  • October 31, 2016

    By a three-to-one margin, the United Nations is authorising negotiations to ban nuclear weapons in 2017.

  • October 28, 2016

    Waves of loggers are invading the territory of one of the most vulnerable peoples on the planet, says Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples' rights. The Brazilian Indians, known as the 'Last of the Kawahiva', are the survivors of a larger tribe who have been killed or died of disease.

  • October 27, 2016

    Pakistan’s interior ministry yesterday handed down a so-called ‘black warrant’ confirming that it plans to hang Imdad Ali, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, next Wednesday.

  • October 26, 2016

    The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported yesterday  that it is assisting French authorities as they begin to close the refugee camp in Calais.