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By Kim Harrisberg LAMU, Kenya, Sept 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Armed with maps, activists on the tourist island of Lamu have managed to stall plans for Kenya’s first coal-powered plant as local communities become more vocal about rising numbers of foreign-backed projects on their doorsteps. Kenya’s government in 2016 granted a licence to Amu […]

Helen Clarkson is the chief executive of The Climate Group. As another summer of heatwaves across Europe draws to a close, it’s tempting to take a deep breath of autumnal air and move on. But even if the temperature on the streets is no longer getting you hot under the collar, the climate trends driving […]

By Sonia Elks LONDON, Sept 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Women are losing control of their own bodies as “aggressive nationalism” sweeps the world, Iceland’s prime minister said on Tuesday, opening the first international #MeToo conference. Katrin Jakobsdottir, Iceland’s second female prime minister, kicked off the three-day summit, whose 80-plus speakers will brainstorm ways to […]

By Thin Lei Win ROME, Sept 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – It may be possible to help tackle climate change while still munching on the occasional bacon sandwich or slurping a few oysters, a new study suggested on Tuesday. Scientists found that diets in which meat, fish or dairy products were consumed only once a […]

South Africa’s National Prosecution Authority has issued arrest warrants for two Rwandans accused of murdering Rwandan critic Colonel Patrick Karegeya, who was found dead in his hotel room in Johannesburg on January 1, 2014. During an inquest into Karegeya’s murder which began five years after the killing, on January 16, in Johannesburg, magistrate Mashiane Mathopa asked why no arrests had been made […]

(New York) – Chinese authorities should immediately release to their families children held in “child welfare” institutions and boarding schools in Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should cease unnecessarily separating Uyghur and other Turkic Muslim children from their families. Under China’s “Strike Hard Campaign against Violent Terrorism,” an estimated 1 million Turkic Muslims have […]

(Geneva) – The United Nations Human Rights Council should use the upcoming review of Egypt’s human rights records to address unprecedented levels of repression, 17 organizations including Human Rights Watch said today in an open letter to the council’s member countries.  The organizations made a series of recommendations concerning the death penalty, torture, violence against women […]

By Adela Suliman LONDON, Sept 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Asma Khan first arrived in Britain from India to join her husband in 1991, the racism was so bad she had to learn to cycle fast to avoid being hit by the bottles lobbed at her. Now, the award-winning chef is using her success […]

By Oscar Lopez MEXICO CITY, Sept 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For most of his life, Filiberto Mena Laiza had worked the earth, growing carrots, cilantro, beans and other crops in what was once rich agricultural land some 50km north of Mexico City. But as the metropolis of 21 million expanded in recent decades, swallowing […]

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Sept 16 (Reuters) – As some world leaders question whether the world is facing a climate emergency, more than a dozen cities are stepping up to tackle global warming and sustainable development and will next week pledge to report their progress to the United Nations. Sixteen cities will commit to […]


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