It’s no surprise that the world’s population is at an all-time high – exceeding 7 billion – although many might not know that it increased by 5 billion during the past century alone, rising from less than 2 billion in 1914. And many people would be surprised – even shocked – to know that over the past three decades, fertility rates have plummeted in many parts of the world, including China, Japan and even significant regions of India.
You know how population control campaigners are often concerned about women having “reproductive choice”? The choice to plan their families and to use contraceptives?
Over 24 hours after a runaway train laden with oil derailed and exploded in a small Canadian town, firefighters have finally extinguished the blaze.Firefighters in a small Quebec town have finally managed to put out a raging inferno sparked over a day earlier when a driverless freight train laden with oil derailed and exploded, killing at least five people.
Islamist supporters of Mohamed Morsi have burned down a Coptic Catholic parish in retaliation for the former Egyptian president’s ouster. After looting the parish priest’s home in Delgia, a village in Minya Governorate in north-central Egypt, the Morsi supporters set fire to some of the parish’s buildings.
The world’s major religions share a common commitment to promoting peace and justice for all people. Many have humanitarian organizations that provide relief services to countries ravaged by war. For instance, in the Catholic Church, Catholic Relief Services and Caritas offer humanitarian aid all over the world, including Syria.
Charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
Recent heavy rain in the south of France has caused the temporary closure of the Lourdes Shrine, causing 200 pilgrims to be evacuated from the Shrine due to heavy floods. Flash floods in the region have already claimed the life on an elderly woman, and about 2,000 people are stranded.
Though rescue efforts picked up momentum in flash flood and landslide hit areas of Himachal and Uttarakhand with a let up in the rains and decrease in water level in the Ganga and its tributaries, the whole of Uttarakhand still wore a marooned and devastated look.
Recent reports from the Guangdong province show coercion in China’s infamous one-child policy is once again on the rise. Women in the southern city of Huizhou, which has a population of 4 million, are being targeted for sterilization. Those who have one child are being forced to wear IUDs. Those who have two children are subject to tubal ligation. Those who bear an “illegal” child are being denied all government services. This means life without access to schools, hospitals, retirement benefits, etc.
World Youth Day organizers are teaming up with the World Wildlife Fund. Together, they have launched a video on why it's important to protect animals and Mother Nature. The video titled, 'We Are All Connected' shows the strong bond between animals and humans.
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