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Ghana:No School, Period! Menstruating Girls Banned From River Crossing

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -"These girls need to cross the river to get to their school"

Africa

More green power could curb India's water, electricity gap - researchers

ROME, Jan 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Water shortages have disrupted India’s power plants for years, and are likely to worsen as power demands grow and climate change brings more frequent droughts - a reality that is adding urgency to government plans to boost use of renewable energy, …

Energy

Sculptor Kapoor awards $1 million 'Jewish Nobel' prize to refugees

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor donated $1 million to five charities working with refugees worldwide on Wednesday, in a bid to alleviate a record-breaking global displacement crisis.<p>Kapoor, who was born to an Indian father and Iraqi Jewish mother, won the …

South Sudan

Ethiopia:Ethiopia Adoption Ban May Curb Trafficking, but Poorest Families Need Support

Nairobi<i>Ethiopia is one the biggest source countries for international adoptions by U.S. nationals</i>A ban on the adoption of Ethiopian children by …

Africa

Tenants fearful after housing deal

Private equity giant Blackstone has struck a deal with UK social housing association Sage, sparking fears from campaigners that it will price out …

Housing

Gay And Intersex Asylum Seekers Find A Place To Call Home In Britain

An estimated 6 percent of recent asylum claims made in Britain were based on sexuality.<p>LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sami, an intersex asylum seeker in Britain, used to be gripped with fear at bedtime.<p>The slender and feminine El Salvadorian had almost got used to incessant verbal abuse but …

LGBTQ

Rapists in Somaliland will no longer be allowed to marry victims under new law

The self-declared state of Somaliland has introduced a bill to outlaw rape and other violent sexual crimes for the first time in its history, which …

Rights & Freedoms

Boko Haram "Chibok girls" video a propaganda counter strike, say analysts

File: The 21-minute video, obtained by a US-based journalism website, Sahara Reporters, purports to show the former schoolgirls being well cared for. …

Nigeria

Renewed Colombia violence threatens to force thousands from homes, UN warns

Thousands of Colombians risk being forced from their homes amid renewed violence after the expiry of a ceasefire between the country's ELN rebel group and the government, the United Nations and aid groups warned on Monday.<p>The National Liberation Army (ELN) leftist guerrilla group and the government …

Latin America

India's Aadhaar project could violate rights of millions, campaigners say

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India’s ambitious biometric identity project could lead to millions of people being denied access to essential services and benefits in violation of their human rights, campaigners said, ahead of key court hearings on the legitimacy of the programme.<p>A villager …

India

China infrastructure plan can help Asia's growing cities: expert

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - China’s landmark “Belt and Road” scheme, which is ploughing billions of dollars into global infrastructure projects, could work hand-in-hand with efforts to help Asian cities meet the needs of their exploding populations, a regional resilience expert said.<p>…

News (China)

Why Urban Farming Is Key in the Fight Against Hunger and Climate Change

The urban farms sprouting up and across cities around the world aren't just feeding mouths—they are "critical to survival" and a "necessary …

Farming

Tropical storm Berguitta is forecast to strike Mauritius as a tropical cyclone at about 00:00 GMT on 18 January.

<b>* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.</b><p>Tropical storm Berguitta is forecast to strike …

Weather

U.S. city mayors stand up for cannabis against Trump crackdown

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - City mayors in the two U.S. states with the oldest legal cannabis industries are leading the pushback against the Trump administration’s announcement of stricter enforcement of the drug, saying its regulated use is a boost to city coffers.<p>Cannabis is banned by …

Cannabis

Netflix Accused of Glamorizing Child Sex Trafficking

By Emma Batha<p>LONDON, Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Survivors of sex trafficking urged Netflix on Thursday to can a new show called "Baby" - …

Slavery

Iran Again Insists British-Iranian Mother Facing Second Trial Over New Charges

After months of contradictory announcements by Iranian authorities on the fate of British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, imprisoned in Iran on …

Iran

UK's new plastic waste plan does not go far enough, say environmentalists

New measures by Britain to turn the tide on plastic waste do not go far enough, environmentalists said on Friday.<p>Unveiling a new environmental …

Recycling

FEATURE -South Sudan's disabled swap stigma for sport

Sport for disabled people in South Sudan has become a safety net<p>By Stefanie Glinski<p>JUBA, Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The two teams whizzing …

Africa

Celebrities call for #JusticeforZainab to end girls’ rape and murder in Pakistan

KARACHI: The rape and murder of a young girl in Pakistan has sparked calls for #JusticeforZainab around the world, amid anger over a spate of …

Malala Yousafzai

Forcing Salvadorans out of U.S. carries twin risks: Red Cross

TEPIC, Mexico (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Moves by the United States to expel 200,000 Salvadorans could rob families in El Salvador of vital overseas income and overwhelm the tiny country as people flood home in search of a new life, according to the Red Cross.<p>The 200,000 Salvadorans have been …

El Salvador

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Our global editorial team of 46 journalists and 150 freelancers covers the world’s under-reported stories at the heart of aid, development, women’s …

'Catastrophic' if U.S. pulls funding for Palestinians, warns the UN

Losing significant funding from its largest donor, the United States, could be "catastrophic" for Palestinians, said a UN agency that provides aid to …

Israel

#MeToo Is Now Rewriting Classic Operas: 'Carmen' Will End With Death Of Her Male Attacker

It premiered over 140 years ago . . . and it's being rewritten to suit a political agenda.

Conservative View

UN lambasts Latin America for abusing Indigenous rights

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, said activists campaigning to protect their land from mining, …

Latin America

Private doctors perform most hysterectomies in India: survey

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India’s first survey to count how many women have had their wombs removed found that about 3 percent had undergone the procedure, mostly uneducated, rural women, including teenagers.<p>More than 22,000 Indian women aged between 15 and 49 out of 700,000 surveyed …

India

African refugees help girls learn to avoid abuse, early marriage

“I talk to them about how everything is possible, and not to look at men as a solution"<p>By Pius Sawa<p>KYANGWALI, Uganda, Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters …

Africa

India’s Supreme Court to reconsider law criminalizing gay sex

India’s Supreme Court has agreed to reconsider a 2013 decision that reinstated the country’s anti-sodomy laws and criminalized same-sex relations …

LGBTQ

Cricket-crazy India celebrates as woman wins its first international skiing medal

"I am sure more girls will take it up now"<p>By Roli Srivastava<p>MUMBAI, Jan 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cricket-crazy India raised a toast on …

India

Putin says "shrewd" N.Korean leader has outplayed his rivals

MOSCOW, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "shrewd and mature" and had won the …

International Relations

Tanzania slammed for "misguided" arrest of pregnant schoolgirls

"Prosecuting girls who are victims of sexual exploitation and violence ... sends out the wrong message"<p>By Kizito Makoye and Nita Bhalla<p>DAR ES …

Misogyny