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By Sophie Davies BARCELONA, May 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Argentine bartender Manuela Perez Simon hoped to escape her homeland’s economic troubles when she arrived in Barcelona’s touristy El Born district two years ago looking for work. But like many of the migrant workers who serve cocktails and wait tables in the normally bustling neighbourhood, […]

By Emeline Wuilbercq ADDIS ABABA, May 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – More than 500 girls have been rescued from child marriage in northern Ethiopia since schools were shut due to the new coronavirus, a regional official said, as fears mount that the pandemic is reversing years of work to stop underage unions. Ethiopia closed its […]

Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson is a senior researcher at the United Nations University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), and the author of a recent article on self-isolation in refugee camps. Approximately one billion people around the world live in slums, including roughly 30-50% of the urban population in the global South. People on the move […]

By Nellie Peyton WASHINGTON, May 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new weather forecasting system in Africa allows meteorologists to track approaching storms in real time, potentially saving lives from climate-related disasters, scientists said on Monday. The technology is already used in developed countries but was not available until recently in most of sub-Saharan Africa, […]

By Emma Farge and Michael Shields GENEVA, May 13 (Reuters) – The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could become endemic like HIV, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, warning against any attempt to predict how long it would keep circulating and calling for a “massive effort” to counter it. “It is important to put this […]

By Emma Farge and Michael Shields GENEVA, May 13 (Reuters) – The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could become endemic like HIV, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, warning against any attempt to predict how long it would keep circulating and calling for a “massive effort” to counter it. “It is important to put this […]

People shop in the Central  of Tunis during the first days of Ramadan, Tunis, Tunisia April 28, 2020.  © 2020 Mohamed Krit/Sipa via AP Images It all started with harmless jokes. But because they chose humor to push back against the Coronavirus and lockdown-generated anxiety, a young Moroccan woman is now in prison, and a […]

(New York) – Governments should take urgent steps to prevent racist and xenophobic violence and discrimination linked to the Covid-19 pandemic while prosecuting racial attacks against Asians and people of Asian descent, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 8, 2020, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that “the pandemic continues to unleash a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, […]

  WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – A group of privacy advocacy organizations is filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday alleging that the popular app TikTok violated a consent decree and a law protecting children’s privacy online. The Center for Digital Democracy, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and others said TikTok had […]

Laura Kelly is the Director of shaping sustainable markets at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Globally the measures introduced to tackle COVID-19 have focused on reducing fatalities and relieving pressure on health services with significant economic costs. But it is increasingly clear the pandemic might well cost more in terms of loss […]


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