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By Christine Murray LONDON, Oct 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Brazilian prosecutors have filed charges against the citizenship minister for suspending government funding for films, which they said was motivated by discrimination against LGBT+ people. Brazil’s film agency ANCINE halted around R$70 million ($17 million) in grants in August that were set to fund about […]

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Two women filed a civil lawsuit against Hollywood actor James Franco on Thursday, accusing him of running a bogus film school where young women eager to advance their acting careers were duped into auditioning nude or shooting explicit sex scenes. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles […]

By Umberto Bacchi TBILISI, Oct 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In a new wave of Russian feminism, thousands of women are posting selfies on social media showing their pimples, cellulite and hair loss to challenge beauty stereotypes that women’s rights activists say fuel low self-esteem and eating disorders. The #AllIsFineWithMe trend – started by a […]

By Sonia Elks LONDON, Oct 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is the favourite to win the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, bookmakers have said, after she rose to lead a millions-strong youth movement demanding action on global warming. The 16-year-old is tipped to become the youngest ever recipient of the […]

BRASILIA, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Brazil’s government will present a bill later this month giving more leeway to mining in the country, including allowing mines on indigenous land, Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said on Thursday. The bill, which is already being analyzed by the president’s chief of staff, will also look to legalize […]

BOGOTA, Oct 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From drought-hit farmers and hungry children to battered women, tens of thousands of people in Central America have been hard hit by U.S. government aid cuts, according to major charities. Hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – known as the Northern […]

By Duncan Miriri NAIROBI, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Kenya’s first green bond has raised 4.3 billion shillings ($41.45 million) to build environmentally-friendly student accommodation, the issue’s lead arranger said on Thursday. So-called green bonds are fixed income securities that raise capital for projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency, green transport and waste-water treatment. The bond […]

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Despite pressure from activists, investors and governments, the majority of world’s 50 largest banks have not made sustainable finance commitments to respond to the risks of climate change and continue to finance fossil fuels, according to new findings by the World Resources Institute released on Thursday. Washington-based […]

By Angelina Davydova MOSCOW, Sept 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – At 15 years old, Margarita Naumenko is one of the youngest participants in Russia’s Fridays for Future climate protest movement. Each week, she stands in downtown Moscow with other young activists chanting, brandishing posters and demanding the government take action on worsening climate change threats. […]

DUBAI, Oct 2 (Reuters) – A top Iranian constitutional body has approved a law allowing Iranian women to pass their nationality to their children, state media reported on Wednesday. Human rights experts have said the measure could help thousands of children living in legal limbo by letting them acquire citizenship in Iran, one of about […]

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