Human Welfare

Syrian who set out solo from Libya in tiny boat is rescued

Dec 4, 2017

A Syrian refugee has been saved at sea after setting out solo in a tiny boat from Libya, where he told rescuers he was practically a slave

Italy, Germany defend Libyan patrols after UN criticism

Nov 15, 2017

Italy and Germany are defending EU support for Libyan coast guard patrols to return migrants back to Libya after the U.N. human rights chief denounced the policy as inhuman.

Opposition, prisoners of Venezuela win EU human rights prize

Oct 26, 2017

The democratic opposition and political prisoners in Venezuela have won the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights

600 migrants rescued; fears rise of new surge from Libya

Oct 13, 2017

About 600 migrants have been brought to Sicily after being rescued at sea in one of the biggest arrivals since the Italian government struck a deal with Libyan authorities to limit departures

Vatican urges online protections for kids amid porn scandal

Oct 3, 2017

The Vatican secretary of state is urging law enforcement agencies, governments and social media sites to take responsibility to protect children from online sexual abuse, even as one of his diplomats is caught up in a child porn investigation

Vatican No. 2 opens online abuse seminar amid porn scandal

Oct 2, 2017

The Vatican's secretary of state is headlining an international conference on protecting children from online sexual abuse and exploitation, weeks after he recalled one of his diplomats who was caught up in an investigation into child porn

Pope presses migrant campaign, urges leaders to work for all

Oct 1, 2017

Pope travels to northern Italy, meets with migrants and urges politicians to work for common good

'Burqa ban' law signals rightward political turn in Austria

Sep 30, 2017

A law prohibiting full face coverings _ known popularly as the "Burqa Ban" _ portends political upheaval in Austria

The Latest: France's Macron says Brexit not really divorce

Sep 29, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron says all the talk about Britain's "divorce" from the European Union has its limits as a metaphor for the political breakup

EU seeks to resettle more refugees from North Africa

Sep 27, 2017

The European Union unveiled a new plan Wednesday to resettle at least 50,000 refugees, the majority of them from northern Africa

Sign up now!