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World news in brief

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19 June 2015

AP

Forwards: a Syrian family heads to Mytilene, capital city of Lesbos and of the North Aegean region, to be counted by Greek authorities after they arrived in the suburbs of the port on Thursday. They travelled from the Turkish coast in an over-crowded dinghy 

Forwards: a Syrian family heads to Mytilene, capital city of Lesbos and of the North Aegean region, to be counted by Greek authoritie...

Pope repeats call to treat refugees with dignity

THE Pope has repeated his call on the international community to treat refugees with dignity. At his weekly audience on Wednesday, he expressed his hope that it might "act in a fitting and effective way to prevent the causes of forced migration". He also invited people to pray for forgiveness "for those persons and institutions that close the doors on these people". On Tuesday, EU ministers failed to agree on a plan to accommodate asylum-seekers more equally across the EU's countries.

 

Survivor of Ebola virus returns to mission work

A MISSIONARY, Nancy Writebol, who survived the Ebola virus has returned to Liberia. Mrs Writebol, who contracted the disease in July last year (News, 28 November), arrived back in the country on Tuesday, and intends to remain for five years. As personnel co-ordinator for Serving in Mission, she will develop a new ministry helping the victims of trauma. "We know Jesus Christ can heal," she said.

 

Descendants of Spanish Jews given right to return

DESCENDANTS of Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain more than five centuries ago will be able to gain nationality, under a new law passed by the country's Parliament last week. Up to 3.5 million could apply for citizenship in a three-year window starting in October. Under the reign of Isabella and Ferdinand, Sephardic Jews had a choice to convert to Christianity or leave.

 

Review river treaty, urge North American church leaders

A 50-YEAR-OLD treaty between Canada and the United States, on the operation of dams in the fourth largest river in the US, must be reviewed, church leaders have said. The Columbia River Treaty has long been the subject of concerns about its environmental impact. Last week, a letter to the Presidents of the two countries from leaders of the Anglican Episcopal and Lutheran Churches, including Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori, called for a review that would "respect the rights, dignity, and traditions of the Columbia Basin tribes and First Nation".

 

Tweet campaign targets domestic workers' rights

A CAMPAIGN on social media to raise domestic workers' awareness of their rights has been launched by Christian Aid, Migrant Forum Asia, and domestic workers' rights organisations around the world. The campaign - #Ourhands - seeks to inform domestic workers about ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, which affirms that they have the same rights as all other workers.

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