Appeals court says Title X rule can take effect while suits proceed

 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it would begin implementing the Trump administration's "Protect Life Rule" to bar Title X funds from being used for promoting or providing abortion as family planning.

Vatican City State set to end sale of single-use plastics

After current supplies run out, Vatican City State will no longer be selling any single-use plastic items on its tiny territory.

Administration to apply 'third country' rule for asylum-seekers

The Trump administration announced the U.S. departments of Justice and Homeland Security are adopting an interim "third country rule" requiring immigrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border to first apply for refugee status in another country.

African churches work to counter pressures on Congo River basin

The Congo River basin, which spans six African countries, is coming under pressure, partly due to clearing of the forests for subsistence agriculture, large-scale farming, illegal logging and lack of clear reforestation policies.