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The year began with an attack on the working class: in 2017, for the first time in 15 years Brazilian workers had no real increase in the minimum wage: it went from R$880 to R$937, less than the R$945.80 envisaged in the budget...

Donald Trump wanted the focus of his first foreign Presidential trip to be the religious sites he will visit. But in the Holy Land, the spying saga has elbowed sacred sites right off the agenda.

The first few months of the presidency of Donald Trump are a strange mixture of the familiar and the new. He receives heads of state at the White House, poses for the photo-ops in the Oval Office, then they hold a press conference with the flags of the U.S. and the country from which the visitor hales behind the podiums. That much is familiar.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made a dash to New York City on 4 May for his first meeting with US President Donald Trump - and a chance to heal any rifts after their infamous telephone call soon after the 45th US President took office in January.

Spain’s traditionally conservative Church is alive and kicking. It is evident as soon as you go into Madrid’s La Almudena cathedral, where there is a side chapel devoted to San Josemaría.

In a tiny candle-lit corridor, barely wide enough for two people, a young man in a black t-shirt and jeans pushes past me, crossing himself rapidly. He holds in his right hand, as do all of the many people down here, a candle, which makes the underground cinerarium glow with orange light.

The tragedies that have been visited on South Sudan since the outbreak of civil war in 2013, when the new country was just two years old, are countless. More than 50,000 people have been killed and 1.6 million displaced, according to the US-based Council of Foreign Relations.

Its Easter Week in Lourdes and a sunny afternoon in the prairie, across the river from the Lourdes Grotto. Groups of HCPT - The Pilgrimage Trust, which takes disabled and disadvantaged children to Lourdes, are playing on the grass.

I was on my knees fixing IV drips to people’s arms as they lay on the ground in a makeshift treatment centre in the town of Luuq in Gedo Province, southern Somalia.

Tensions between conservatives and progressives still mark the Spanish Church, and when the Episcopal Conference voted for their President last month, there was concern to know which way it would go. But the votes settled decisively (52 out of 76) on renewing the mandate of the moderate incumbent, Bishop Ricardo Blazquez of Valladolid, who is skilled at achieving consensus...

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