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  ACCRA, May 24 (Reuters) – Ghanaian police on Friday said they had detained 21 people they suspected of promoting an LGBT+ agenda at an unlawful assembly in the southeastern city of Ho. LGBT+ people face widespread persecution in the West African nation where gay sex is punishable with up to three years imprisonment. The […]

By Seb Starcevic MELBOURNE, May 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As the first bisexual star of hit global dating show “The Bachelor”, Brooke Blurton said she is proud to boost LGBT+ representation on mainstream television with her lead role in Australia’s new edition of the series. Chosen as “The Bachelorette”, a spin-off from the long-running […]

  BRUSSELS, May 24 (Reuters) – Pfizer and BioNTech pledged on Friday to deliver 1 billion doses of their COVID-19 vaccine to poorer nations this year and another 1 billion next year, the boss of Pfizer said. The pledge could significantly address the unequal distribution across the world of COVID-19 vaccines, which have so far […]

By Natasha Iles, head of development and communications at Wikimedia UK. When you care about something, whether a project or an ideal, you want it to be the best version possible. Personally, I care about open knowledge, the opportunity for everyone across the globe to share in a collective, unbiased reflection of their world and the world […]

  Madeleine Gabriel is the director of Nesta’s Sustainable Future programme. The United Kingdom’s commitment to achieving net zero poses all kinds of challenges. Possibly the biggest of all is a challenge to the imagination: to persuade each other and ourselves that it can be done. If people don’t believe they can make a change then […]

  By Megan Rowling BARCELONA, May 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Seven of the world’s most nature-rich national parks, from Angola to Bolivia and Indonesia, are set to receive $1 million annually for the next 15 years to help protect and manage their wildlife and plant species. These “legacy landscapes” – so-called because of their […]

ABIDJAN, May 24 (Reuters) – Twenty-two people accused of trafficking children to work on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast have received prison sentences of up to 20 years, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The case follows the rescue by police this month of 68 children working on cocoa farms, most of whom had been transported from […]

  The head of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church, Abune Mathias, recently condemned the ongoing armed conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and the suffering it’s causing the civilian population. In a video message he was seen saying “genocide is being committed now”. Abune Mathias may be the highest-profile figure to label the alleged criminal acts against Tigrayans as genocide, […]

South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) has long been good at diagnosing its problems, but not much good at fixing them. Its own documents have been accurately describing its problems for two decades – factionalism and corruption, which are often mentioned by its detractors, have been discussed in its reports and strategy documents since the 1990s. […]

  In a time when the world is focusing on COVID-19 vaccines, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has highlighted the importance of routine immunisations for diseases such as measles, tetanus and polio. Although immunisation saves millions of lives each year, progress in vaccine coverage remains highly uneven, both between and within countries. Despite considerable progress over the past […]

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