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Reggae helps heal mental wounds of torture for migrants in Italy

"I love music. Music is life. It makes you relax and calms your nerves"<p>By Umberto Bacchi<p>ROME, Aug 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a tiny …

Italy

Nigeria: Boko Haram Ramps Up Attacks On Refugee Camps in Northeast Nigeria - Aid Agency

(file photo).<p>Dakar — Boko Haram militants are ramping up attacks on sites sheltering people uprooted by the jihadists' insurgency in northeast …

Nigeria

Common moss may prove a cheap city pollution monitor, say scientists

Could common moss be a cheap and easy way to monitor pollution in our cities?<p>By Sophie Hares<p>TEPIC, Mexico, Aug 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - …

Agriculture

Sexual assault video of woman on Casablanca bus sparks outrage, arrests

A national survey in Morocco found that nearly two-thirds of women had experienced physical, psychological, sexual or economic abuse<p>By Zoe …

Misogyny

Agriculture a culprit in global warming, says U.S. research

While soil absorbs carbon in organic matter from plants and trees as they decompose, agriculture has helped deplete that carbon accumulation in the …

Climate Change

Mongolia bans grain exports as hottest temperatures in 56 years cause drought

Authorities are also dealing with wildfires in Mongolia's fragile steppe and desert environment<p>ULAANBAATAR, July 28 (Reuters) - Mongolia has …

Climate Change

ANALYSIS-Who owns Mars? Mining puts spotlight on out of this world property claims

"There is a huge debate on whether companies can simply travel to space and extract its resources"<p>By Chris Arsenault<p>TORONTO, Aug 21 (Thomson Reuters …

Space Exploration

North Korea will never surrender nuclear arms, says envoy

GENEVA, Aug 22 (Reuters) - North Korea's self-defensive nuclear deterrence arsenal will never be on the negotiating table, a Pyongyang envoy said on …

North Korea

WIDER IMAGE-Brazil's agents of the Amazon fighting loggers, fires to stop deforestation

Roughly 7,989 square kilometres (3,085 square miles) of forest were destroyed in 2016, a 29 percent increase from the previous year<p>By Bruno …

Environment

Mosques join campaign to check Indian child bride trade

Marriages with rich, often elderly Arab men have been prevalent for decades in Hyderabad, a hub for global information technology companies, with the …

India

FEATURE-Mangrove-planting drones on a mission to restore Myanmar delta

Drones could plant trees 10 times faster and cut costs by half<p>By Thin Lei Win<p>BANGKOK, Aug 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fast-dwindling mangroves …

Tanzania's circumcisers swap cows' tails for commerce

"FGM is still taking place because it is a big source of income for the cutters. We want to see more ngaribas dropping their knives"<p>By Kizito …

Female Genital Mutilation

Some 115 migrants rescued from truck in eastern Mexico - official

The two people driving the truck were arrested<p>MEXICO CITY, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Police in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz have rescued 115 …

Tractor-Trailer

Deadly heat waves will destroy India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh if our current rate of climate change keeps pace

If you are excited by the recurring monsoon showers in India and thanking the rain god, be warned.<p>If the scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are to be believed, almost the whole of South Asia, including the northern part of India would be uninhabitable, thanks to climate …

Climate Change

Ethiopia drought: Millions of people urgently in need of food aid after string of natural disasters

Millions of people in Ethiopia require “immediate life-saving intervention” after a severe drought and major flash floods have devastated livestock …

Africa

Teens avoid neighbourhoods adults fear, but don't listen to their own parents - study

"It is clear that kids who live in high-poverty areas are spending less time in their neighborhoods and that is linked to a collective fear of …

Sierra Leone: 'Bodies Were Just Washed Away' - Aid Worker Recalls Horror of Mudslide

Dakar<i>"The chance of finding more survivors is slim to none"</i>When aid worker Idalia Amaya arrived at the scene of the mudslide that devastated Sierra …

Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone: How Can Sierra Leone Learn From Fatal Mudslides?

(Photo: Unicef Sierra Leone)Dakar<i>"Freetown and other precarious cities need safer urban planning and land use initiatives"</i>A mudslide which devastated …

Sierra Leone

Rape victim, 10, delivers baby after India court bars abortion

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A 10-year-old rape victim who was denied an abortion by India's top court gave birth on Thursday in a case that has drawn outrage about the sexual abuse of children.<p>The girl did not know she was pregnant and was unaware she had delivered a baby; her parents …

India

Tanzania court charges mob with murder for beating to death five women suspected to be witches

A Tanzanian court has charged 32 people with murder after five women suspected of witchcraft were beaten to death, and their corpses burned, in a …

Extremism

Nigeria: Chibok Girls Say Kidnap By Boko Haram Was Accidental

(Photo: United Nations)AbujaThe mass abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls from Chibok - the biggest publicity coup of Boko Haram's …

Nigeria

Mudslide victims buried in Sierra Leone fearing disease outbreak

Facing the threat of disease, Sierra Leone on Wednesday began burying hundreds of victims of a mudslide that swept away homes on the edge of the …

Disease

Van crashes into dozens of people in Barcelona, several injured - police

MADRID, Aug 17 (Reuters) - A van has crashed into dozens of people in Barcelona's city centre, local police said on Wednesday.<p>There were several …

Canada approves first cryptocurrency sale in property rights shake-up

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Canadian financial regulators have approved the public sale of a new digital currency in the country's first official endorsement of money created independently of the government or central banks, company officials said on Wednesday.<p>Produced with digital …

Bitcoin

Lebanon abolishes 'marry your rapist' law, joining other Arab states

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lebanon on Wednesday joined other Arab nations in abolishing a law that lets rapists escape punishment if they marry their victims in a move applauded by women's rights campaigners.<p>On the heels of Jordan scrapping its law earlier this month, and Tunisia doing …

Middle East

Jordanian women imprisoned in name of family honour

"Your life is gone, your youth is gone. Everything you wished for in the world is gone"<p>By Rosie-Lyse Thompson<p>AMMAN, Aug 16 (Thomson Reuters …

Women's Rights

Women leaders wangle water taps, security in India's slums

"I am illiterate, I cannot read, but I know now how to talk to officials and the developer and tell them what we want, and make sure they deliver"<p>By …

India

Pace of airstrikes, clashes in Yemen sharply higher in 2017 - report

Most clashes and air strikes have been concentrated in frontline provinces, including Taiz, Saada, Hajjah, Sanaa, al-Jawf and Marib<p>By Sami …

Middle East

As rural Sri Lanka dries out, young farmers look for new job options

"When my father was my age, maybe the rains were much more predictable. Now only a fool will bet on the rains"<p>By Amantha Perera<p>ADIGAMA, Sri Lanka, …

Sri Lanka

Europe records big rise in slavery

The European Union recorded the largest increase in slavery of any world region in 2017, with the arrival of more than 100,000 migrants, many of them …

Slavery