Canada is at the forefront of global efforts to end child marriage abroad. Yet this practice remains legal and persists across the country. In Canada, more than 3,600 marriage certificates were issued to children, usually girls, under the age of 18 between 2000 and 2018, according to a new studyContinue Reading

Philippines Airlines flight attendant and UP Mindanao graduate, 23-year-old Christine Dacera was found dead in a City Garden Hotel bathtub in Makati on New Year’s Day. Philippines National Police (PNP) said yesterday the case was solved: Three suspects are in police custody for alleged involvement in the rape-slay of Dacera. InContinue Reading

During the virtual “Climate Ambition Summit,” co-hosted by the UN and UK, Secretary-General António Guterres issued the warning that the world is facing a catastrophe ahead as it is on track to warm by more than 30 C by the end of the century “unless all countries declare climate emergency.” Guterres wasContinue Reading

The Scottish government reported today that Mainland Scotland is to go into lockdown from midnight tonight with a new legal requirement forbidding anyone from leaving their home except for essential purposes. Amongst the limited reasonable excuses to leave your home are provisions for caring, outdoor exercise and to go toContinue Reading

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) recently published their Round-up 2020 on journalists killed which says 50 were killed in connection with their work. Of the 50 killed, 84 percent, or 42 journalists were murdered or deliberately targeted–some were murdered in a particularly gruesome manner, especially in Mexico and India, where journalists wereContinue Reading

Danish authorities reported the following Wednesday (computer translated): The infection with COVID-19 is increasing throughout the country. On the recommendation of the Task Force, including the health authorities, the government will introduce further national measures towards and over Christmas and New Year to reduce activity in society and reduce infection withContinue Reading

Despite spending more on health care than most other developed countries with universal health care, Canada has some of the lowest numbers of doctors, hospital beds, and medical technologies—and the longest wait times, finds a new study released recently by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.Continue Reading

The City of Toronto, Canada reported 420 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, putting Canada’s largest city, a population of 6,197,000 at 36,821 total cases since the pandemic started. The recent increase in cases has prompted the Province of Ontario Friday to announce further measures in Toronto and Peel Region toContinue Reading

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is troubled by the sharp rise in blasphemy cases and mob violence in recent months targeting Shi’a Muslims in Pakistan, particularly in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Province. “Firm action needs to be taken against mob violence and vigilantism targeting the Shiite communities,” said USCIRFContinue Reading

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today welcomed the release of A Dao, a pastor of the Montagnard Evangelical Church of Christ. Vietnamese authorities had arrested him on August 18, 2016, after he returned to Vietnam from a conference about religious freedom in East Timor. “I am delightedContinue Reading