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  By Ryan Woo BEIJING, March 29 (Reuters) – Nike and Adidas came under attack on Chinese social media last week over past comments the fashion brands have made about labour conditions in Xinjiang, part of a diplomatic row between China and the West. The sportswear companies were the latest caught up in a backlash […]

  By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK, March 26 (Reuters) – More than 500 rape cases have been reported to five clinics in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the United Nations said on Thursday, warning that the actual numbers were likely to be much higher due to stigma and a lack of health services. “Women say they have […]

By Emeline Wuilbercq ADDIS ABABA, March 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Yenenesh Tilahun was 22 years old when she left Ethiopia in search of a better-paid job to support her family. She first worked on a farm in Lebanon, then took care of an elderly man in Egypt and finally worked as a maid in […]

WELLINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) – New Zealand’s parliament has passed legislation giving mothers and their partners the right to paid leave following a miscarriage or still birth, becoming only the second country in the world to do so. The bereavement allowance, passed unanimously in parliament late on Wednesday, gives employees three days leave when a […]

  By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA, March 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As the “best guardians” of Latin America’s forests, indigenous tribes need greater access to climate finance and secure land tenure to stem deforestation and climate change, the United Nations said on Thursday. Tribal lands hold about a third of the carbon stored in Latin […]

  By Jordan Mayenikini KINSHASA, March 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Naomie’s mother asked the teenager to join her as a sex worker in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo last September, she knew it was a matter of survival for the family. The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic – from rising […]

Millions of participants will speak up for nature on their social media platforms during a global online event to celebrate Earth Hour 2021  §  Earth Hour 2021 will be celebrated virtually on Saturday, 27 March at 8.30pm local time. §  It takes place ahead of key international meetings where world leaders will come together to […]

Egyptian novelist, physician, sociologist and global activist Nawal El Saadawi died on 21 March 2021 at the age of 89. The author of more than 50 books, she told me in one of our many interviews, in 2007, that she self-identified as an African from Egypt, not from the Middle East … I am not from the third world. […]

  There’s hope that some industrialised countries will achieve near-universal vaccination against COVID-19 in the coming months. Yet the effort to vaccinate even the most essential workers in developing countries has only just begun. By current estimates, achieving herd immunity (to current strains) will require at least 75% of the world’s population to be vaccinated. Some developing […]

The sudden death of Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli has thrown the East African nation into a period of political uncertainty. Vice-president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, has been sworn in as his successor, making her Tanzania’s first woman president. The transition is all the more challenging given the major rupture – both political and economic – caused by […]

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