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No exit: Jordan’s most vulnerable refugees

Jayne Fleming is the leader of the Reed Smith Refugee Protection Project, a mobile legal clinic offering legal and psychosocial support to some of …

Refugees

Solar energy powers clean water, business opportunities for refugees

DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, when she contracted cholera after drinking contaminated water.<p>“She was so gaunt, weak and had terrible diarrhea,” said the refugee from Burundi. “A slight …

Refugees

Afghan women refugees resurrected as India's plastic waste warriors

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farah Naz is used to attracting scathing remarks and disapproving looks from neighbours in her Afghan refugee community as she leaves for work each day.<p>They tell her she is "not a good woman", what she is doing is "shameful" and that her rightful place is …

World News

'Gender champions' in rural Kenya work with new hotline to protect women and girls

Drought in a developing country can mean many things: a lack of water, a lack of food and nutrition, and a lack of economic growth that puts even more pressure on impoverished communities relying on farming for their livelihoods.<p>For women and girls, it also means a lack of protection. In Africa, …

Gender

New Honduras Human Rights Minister Will Help Protect LGBTQ Activists

Honduras promised on Thursday to turn a new page in human rights -- protecting everyone from indigenous activists to gay rights campaigners -- in a declaration of intent backed with the creation of the country's first dedicated human rights minister.<p>Rights watchdogs consider Honduras one of the …

Rights & Freedoms

INTERVIEW-Let women drive and make own decisions, Saudi activist urges new crown prince

Activist who was jailed for driving is hopeful Saudi Arabia's new crown prince will open more doors for women<p>By Heba Kanso<p>BEIRUT, June 22 (Thomson …

Women's News

Ohio county claims top spot in America’s opioid death spiral

By Linda So<p>DAYTON, Ohio, June 21 (Reuters) - Scott Weidle is struggling with the death of his son Daniel, who died from a heroin overdose 18 months …

Addiction

LGBT asylum seekers face hurdles seeking "dream life" in Ireland

Ireland made history in 2015 as the first country to legalise gay marriage by a popular vote, with 62 percent voting in a referendum in favour of gay …

Asylum Seekers

"Advocacy tourism" fights trafficking

Bored of the beach? Done with mini breaks?<p>Time to take an "advocacy journey" and spend a blissful few days in the Caribbean fighting human …

Human Trafficking

New York state moves to ban child marriages

By Ellen Wulfhorst<p>NEW YORK, June 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New York state moved to end child marriages on Tuesday, raising the legal age to …

Rights & Freedoms

FEATURE-U.N. glimpses into blockchain future with eye scan payments for refugees

ROME, June 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan's Azraq camp don't pay for their food with cash but by a scan of their eyes.<p>Purchases are then recorded on a computing platform based on blockchain - the technology behind bitcoin.<p>Iris recognition devices at the …

World News

Hotline, 'gender champions', tackle violence against girls in drought-hit Kenya

WAJIR, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mariam Mohammed was 15 when her uncle raped her in the family hut in Wajir, northeastern Kenya.<p>"He told me to make the bed, he gripped my throat so I couldn't scream, and then he hurt me," she recalled, nervously drawing in the red sand with a twig while …

Africa

Two-month countdown begins to total solar eclipse across U.S.

By Irene Klotz<p>CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 21 (Reuters) - Two months before the first total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in a …

Astronomy

Maasai land loss raises tensions in Kenya ahead of elections

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya's opposition leader has raised tensions weeks ahead of elections by criticizing the Maasai community's sale of ancestral land to other ethnic groups in an area hit by political violence in the 1990s, land rights experts said.<p>Many cash-strapped Maasai …

Africa

Berlin seeks to make sexist ads a thing of the past

Already, advertisers are being prevented from placing discriminatory adverts on city-owned hoardings<p>By Lucy Barkin<p>BERLIN, June 20 (Reuters) - Sexist …

Thing of the Past

FEATURE-Between shelling and displacement, Syrian students seek degrees online

Hundreds of Syrian students are going to great lengths to keep up with their university studies and earn their degrees from online schools abroad<p>By …

Education

Killer heatwaves set for dramatic rise, researchers warn

BHUBANESWAR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly one in three people around the world is already exposed to deadly heatwaves, and that will rise to nearly half of people by 2100 even if the world moves aggressively to cut climate-changing emissions, scientists warned Monday.<p>If emissions …

Climate Change

Portuguese shocked at deadly forest fires, struggle to understand

One thing everyone agrees on: Portugal's volunteer firemen corps are the heroes in the tragedy<p>By Axel Bugge<p>PEDROGAO GRANDE, Portugal, June 19 …

Forestry

At least 62 killed in forest fire still raging in Portugal

"It does not seem real, it is out of this world"<p>(Updates death toll, new PM quote, Pope's remarks, details)<p>By Andrei Khalip<p>LISBON, June 18 (Reuters) …

Disabled girls excluded from aid and education - charity

"Some families resist sending their disabled daughters to school because of fears about their safety"<p>By Anna Pujol-Mazzini<p>LONDON, June 15 (Thomson …

Disability

Africa eyes green jobs to fight radicalization and stem migration to Europe

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - African governments have pledged to restore degraded land, invest in agriculture and create "green jobs" for young people in a drive to tackle youth unemployment, fight against radicalization, and stem the tide of migration to Europe.<p>The presidents of Burkina …

World News

New Tool Aim to Predict and Thwart This Major Crop Killer: Locusts

By Umberto Bacchi<p>ROME, June 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new satellite forecast tool could more than double the warning time for desert locust …

Agriculture

U.S. concerned about Baltic incidents in forthcoming Russian war games

* Top commander shares concerns about Russian exercises<p>* U.S. to put up to 600 troops on frontier for duration<p>By Andrius Sytas<p>ORZYSZ MILITARY BASE, …

Russia

Libya smugglers broadcast abuse of African migrants on social media

DAKAR – People smugglers and criminal gangs in Libya are using social media to broadcast the abuse and violence they inflict on African migrants in …

Refugees

Venezuela politician's 'disappearance' stirs Chavez's home state

By Andrew Cawthorne<p>BARINAS, Venezuela, June 15 (Reuters) - He had just left his office by car and was passing a nearby church when the state security …

Venezuela

Migrants sent home $445 billion in 2016, lifting millions out of poverty - report

Using the steady flow of remittances, families can buy food, get housing, go to school, access healthcare, improve sanitation<p>By Lin Taylor<p>LONDON, …

Nine Chinese gay, transgender couples to tie the knot on cruise ship

It is not illegal to be gay in China, although homosexuality was regarded a mental disorder until 2001<p>SHANGHAI, June 14 (Reuters) - Eight hundred …

LGBTQ

Nigeria: Shelter Shrugs Off Attacks to Save Girls From Marriage and Street Work

(Photo: Mujahid Safodien/IRIN)Yola<i>At least four in 10 girls in Nigeria are married before they turn 18, while almost a fifth are wed before 15,</i> …

Nigeria

Multi-billion dollar Afro-India partnership aims to eradicate electricity poverty

As this CNBC Africa interview with Power for All shows, the pieces are falling into place for an important collaboration between India and Africa to …

India

Maasai manure helps Kenya's drought-hit herders fight hunger

ISINYA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At 9am, Eliud Sankare is still at home in Isinya village, south of Nairobi, instead of out herding the 40 cattle his son has already led to pasture. He heads to the cowshed to join his wife and two daughters, raking manure into big mounds.<p>Using dry twigs …

Agriculture