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  By Kagondu Njagi GAKUNGA, Kenya, July 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Lucyline Wanja Silas installed a 12-volt solar power unit at her home to help her children study at night, little did she know it would become essential to her and her neighbours in Gakunga village, central Kenya, during the coronavirus pandemic. Wanja, […]

BY THIN LEI WIN In a backyard in the Bronx in the mid-1980s, a vine laden with sweet-smelling tomatoes came as a revelation to urban gardening guru Karen Washington.”It was tomatoes that really got me hooked on growing food, because I hated tomatoes,” she said, laughing at the memory. A world apart from their insipid […]

  By Manojna Maddipatla and Carl O’Donnell July 28 (Reuters) – Moderna Inc’s vaccine against COVID-19 could be ready for widespread use by the end of this year, U.S. and company officials said on Monday, after the drugmaker announced the start of a 30,000-subject trial to demonstrate it is safe and effective, the final hurdle […]

  By Matthew Lavietes NEW YORK, July 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The head of the United Nations said on Monday he will start meeting regularly with young climate activists, saying participation by youth on the frontlines is critical to scaling up action to slow global warming. A group of seven people, ages 18 to […]

By Menna A. Farouk CAIRO, July 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – An Egyptian court sentenced five female social media influencers to two years each in prison on Monday after finding them guilty of promoting immorality and human trafficking by encouraging women to make money building social media followings. The women, who were also fined 300,000 […]

  By Amber Milne LONDON, July 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As Britain aims for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the country’s power grid operator said on Monday the target was “achievable” but required urgent action to harness new technology including carbon capture and storage (CCS). Experts say, however, there are pitfalls in relying […]

  Good care during pregnancy is important for the health of mothers and the development of unborn babies. Antenatal care contributes to a woman’s overall good health as well as linking her and her family to the health system, and increasing her chances of using a skilled attendant at birth. The World Health Organisation (WHO) […]

The general and presidential elections of May 2020, followed by the death of President Pierre Nkurunziza, put the international media spotlight on Burundi. The country is now facing one of the darkest times in its history since the 2015 crisis. The crisis that year began when Nkurunziza, who had been in office since 2005, announced he would run for a […]

Anti-apartheid struggle hero Andrew Mokete Mlangeni, who died this week at the age of 95, was the last surviving of the eight African National Congress (ANC) activists who were sentenced to life imprisonment in the infamous Rivonia trial in the 1960s. Mlangeni spent 20 of his 26 years in jail on Robben Island alongside fellow triallist Nelson […]

  In Egypt, teenager Menna Abdel Aziz used social media to ask for protection after a sexual assault. She was arrested on a variety of charges, including misusing social media and corrupting family values. Two young women, Haneen Hossam, with 915,000 TikTok followers, and Mawada Eladhm, with 3.1 million TikTok followers) were also arrested for their social influencing videos. Renad […]


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