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By Diego Cupolo ANKARA, Nov 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A Turkish court on Tuesday rejected calls to throw out the trial of 19 people for participating in an LGBT+ Pride march on a university campus. Most of the 18 students and a faculty member from the Middle East Technical University (METU) were charged with […]

  By Lydia Namubiru KAMPALA, Nov 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A Ugandan court charged 67 people with causing a nuisance on Tuesday after they were arrested in a gay-friendly bar, in a move condemned by activists as the latest “homophobic” attack. The 67 – who were among 127 arrested at Ram Bar, in the […]

  By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI, Nov 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Kenya’s president on Tuesday promised to end female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2022, a goal women’s rights campaigners said was unrealistic due to insecurity and high prevalence rates in some parts of the east African nation. One in five women and girls aged between […]

  THE HAGUE, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Gambia said on Monday it had filed a case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) accusing Myanmar of committing genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority, drawing praise from human rights groups and Rohingya activists. More than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh since a 2017 […]

  Becoming an entrepreneur can be like an odyssey — full of twists and turns, adventure, risk, and ideally an overwhelming sense of accomplishment when you succeed. When President Cyril Ramaphosa released his “stimulus and recovery plan”, small business was – again – mentioned in the mix of interventions aimed at reigniting our economy. As […]

By Beh Lih Yi KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new collection from fashion giant H&M has unleashed protests from women’s rights campaigners because it includes the slogan “I love GBV”, the initials of the designer but also a widely used acronym for gender-based violence. H&M said the slogan, emblazoned on hats, […]

By Kim Harrisberg JOHANNESBURG, Nov 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Researchers and city officials are racing to understand the extent of a beetle infestation damaging trees across South Africa that, if left unaddressed, could have a ripple effect on the climate, air quality and ecosystems. The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB), indigenous to Southeast Asia, […]

  By A.Z.M. Anas GHIOR, Bangladesh, Nov 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Along the rutted village roads of this sub-district in central Bangladesh, one plant stands out: young palm trees. Hundreds have been planted since 2017 in an effort to combat one of Bangladesh’s fastest-growing disaster threats – a surge in deadly lightning strikes. In […]

SYDNEY, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Authorities declared a state of emergency across a broad swath of Australia’s east coast on Monday, urging residents in high risk areas to evacuate ahead of looming “catastrophic” fire conditions. Bushfires burning across New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland states have already killed three people and destroyed more than 150 […]

  South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs Dr Aaron Motsoaledi on Friday signed a waiver which allows foreign children to enter the country without carrying additional supporting documents such as birth certificates and consent letters. The waiver has been applicable since Friday, after the Minister’s signature. “This improvement in our admissions policy builds on the […]

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