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By Thin Lei Win and Michael Taylor ROME/KUALA LUMPUR, April 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – With friends falling ill, another passing away and his movements restricted, coronavirus had already stretched Giordano Alpi physically and mentally when another disaster struck his 30-hectare farm in Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy. A sudden plunge in night-time temperatures to below […]

By Sonia Elks LONDON, April 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From an eerily quiet Times Square in New York to cheers for healthcare workers, a website is collecting sounds to document how coronavirus has transformed spaces around the globe. Dozens of people from more than 25 countries have shared audio recordings from their daily lives during the […]

  By Sarah Shearman LONDON, April 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The Big Issue, a British paper sold by homeless and vulnerable people, has moved off the streets and onto supermarket shelves for the first time as coronavirus threatens the future of similar ventures worldwide. Trading for almost three decades, The Big Issue is one […]

  By Nellie Peyton DAKAR, APRIL 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Penda Kande usually pays for taxis in cash, but since coronavirus hit Senegal, the 30-year-old nurse has switched to mobile money to avoid contamination. “With the virus it’s better to use Orange Money,” said Kande, referring to the West African country’s most popular mobile […]

By Amber Milne LONDON, April 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Data is urgently required to highlight the different impact of coronavirus on women and men, with early signs that women face higher levels of violence and more care work, researchers said on Wednesday. Although death rates appear to be slightly higher among men, a study […]

By Fabio Teixeira RIO DE JANEIRO, April 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A leader of a protected tribe in the Amazon has been found dead, authorities said, marking the fifth violent death in six months in a region rife with conflict between illegal loggers and indigenous people. The body of Zezico Guajajara, a member of […]

By Amber Milne LONDON, April 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – With Britain in coronavirus lockdown, more children risk being trapped in violent homes – a key factor that sucks young people into drug trafficking, crime experts said on Wednesday. Children who experience domestic abuse can become violent themselves, feel isolated, seek substitute relationships with gangs […]

  By Nkazi Sokhulu The spread of COVID-19 has challenged the global economy, and its impact is likely to be long lasting. As countries across the world go into lock down consumer demand is falling, while production across all sectors is struggling to keep up output levels in the face of self-isolation. ‘This is worrying […]

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, April 1, 2020/ — Angola revises national budget and suspends CAPEX; Senegal’s first oil development faces debt arrangement challenges; Nigeria poised for a major revenue loss; Analysts predict Ghana will get half its projected revenue; Cameroon can expect to see a three percent drop in economic growth. African oil-producing and reliant countries […]

By Sophie Davies BARCELONA, April 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Spain approved an emergency measure on Tuesday designed to help domestic workers who have seen their work hours reduced, temporarily suspended or been fired since the country went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Domestic workers registered with the state’s social security services will […]


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