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By Victoria Waldersee and Silvia Aloisi March 23 (Reuters) – The 15 largest listed fashion companies are lagging behind when it comes to meeting the social and environmental targets of the Paris climate agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals, a new report by the Business of Fashion said on Monday. The Business of Fashion, an […]

  March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Why are humans so enthusiastic about discovering traces of water on Mars, and yet do not treat the Earth’s supply of “blue gold” with the same respect nor seek to share it more fairly? So asks the World Water Development Report 2021, which argues that many people waste or […]

  The past 12 months have shocked many of us into re-examining our stewardship of the planet. From the origins of the pandemic to deadly floods, fires and hurricanes, it is now clear that humanity needs to raise its game, and work with nature rather than against it. One of the ways we can do […]

By Nita Bhalla and Mohammed Omer NAIROBI/GAROWE, Somalia, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Nearly three-quarters of Somali families lack safe drinking water as drought looms across the country and depletes wells, raising the risk of hunger as crops fail and livestock dies, UK-based charity Save the Children said on Monday. Climate change is taking […]

  ADDIS ABABA, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Ethiopia is rolling out its first COVID-19 vaccines among frontline health workers, but the vast country of 110 million people still faces an uphill struggle to beat the pandemic, according to a senior doctor in Addis Ababa. The mass vaccination drive began on Saturday, exactly a […]

  By Menna A. Farouk CAIRO, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Writers, politicians and feminists united on Monday to pay tribute to pioneering Egyptian activist Nawal El Saadawi following her death aged 89, vowing her work would live on through the generations she inspired in the Middle East and beyond. In Egypt, supporters said […]

By Dominic Kirui UMOJA, Kenya, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Jane Nolmongen’s husband banished her from their family home in northern Kenya after discovering she had been raped by a British soldier, she went somewhere she knew she would be safe: a village entirely run by women, where men are not allowed. For […]

To mark World Sleep Day, 20 leading international musicians from 8 different labels within Universal Music Group have come together to create 18 brand new tracks to help provide a soothing soundtrack to aid a healthy night’s rest. This major global initiative, supported by World Sleep Society, features a host of new compositions, arrangements, collaborations […]

  By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI, March 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Africa has increased the number of women in parliament but still looks set to miss a global goal of gender parity in politics by 2030, a European think tank said on Thursday. The study by Sweden’s International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) found […]

  By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, March 19 (Reuters) – The Vatican’s directive banning the blessing of same-sex unions has sparked defiance among some priests in Europe and left bishops perplexed on how to minister to gay Catholics. Conservatives praised the ruling, issued on Monday by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, […]

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