World News

  • April 14, 2016

    India’s Supreme Court has blocked the opening moves in an attempt by Odisha’s state government to begin mining in the Niyamgiri hills, home to the Dongria Kondh tribe.

  • April 13, 2016

    The Irish government has faced criticism after it was forced to correct a statement on the whereabouts of Ibrahim Halawa, a juvenile from Dublin who faces the death penalty in Egypt.

  • April 13, 2016

    Virginia state governor Terry McAuliffe has resurrected a proposal to use secret batches of specially mixed medicines in executions by lethal injection, raising concerns over a lack of transparency.

  • April 13, 2016

    Seventy years after the devastating atomic bombing of Hiroshima, US Secretary of State John Kerry has made a commemorative visit to the Hiroshima Peace Park, making him the most senior US official to have ever done so.

  • April 12, 2016

    Faith-based organisations presented a significant input at a United Nations civil society hearing in New York City, on 6 April 2016,  a prelude to a UN High Level Meeting on HIV in New York on 8-10 June.

  • April 11, 2016

    Impoverished country governments could be up to $61 billion worse off in 2016 as a result of the crash in global commodity prices and strengthening of the US dollar. This is reducing government revenue and increasing the relative size of debt payments in foreign currencies.

  • April 11, 2016

    In a boost to international humanitarian efforts in Syria, the United Nations World Food Programme yesterday has delivered aid by air for hungry people trapped in the besieged eastern city of Deir Ezzor, an area controlled by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh).

  • April 8, 2016

    The Secretary of the Methodist Conference, the Rev Gareth J Powell, with other senior Methodist representatives from around the world, were received by Pope Francis in a private audience at the Vatican yesterday.

  • April 7, 2016

    Expressing deep regret and concern over the deaths of four migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa in a detention centre in al-Zawiya, Libya, the senior United Nations humanitarian official in that country called yesterday (6 April 2016) for an independent, impartial and full investigation into their deaths.

  • April 6, 2016

    The number of executions carried out globally during 2015 rose to a 25-year high, a review of the global state of the death penalty has found.