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  Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi had an emotional reunion with her family when she returned to her hometown at the weekend. An emotional Tunzi praised her maternal grandmother, Cynthia Lawukazi Nodopu from Dayimane village in Dutywa, for giving her her first book and bestowing upon her a love of reading. She also met Nelson Mandela’s […]

VIENNA, Feb 10 (Reuters) – A Swiss referendum on Sunday cleared the way for the country to close a loophole in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights by extending anti-racism laws to cover sexual orientation, a widely used projection showed. Conservative Switzerland, unlike many of its western European neighbours, does not yet have laws […]

By Kylie MacLellan LONDON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Storm Ciara lashed Britain and northern continental Europe with heavy rain and wind speeds that reached more than 90 miles an hour (145 kph) in places on Sunday, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights, train services and sports matches. More than 200 flood warnings were issued […]

  VATICAN CITY, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Pope Francis called on Sunday for respect of humanitarian law in Syria’s Idlib province, amid an escalation of a Syrian government offensive that has displaced more than half a million in two months. He told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s square that the reports from […]

As thousands of urban leaders gather in Abu Dhabi for the World Urban Forum, the impacts of the climate crisis on cities have become more visible than ever. Severe floods tore through Jakarta last month. Heatwaves scorched cities from India to Europe last year. Together these disasters killed thousands of people and devastated many more. Nowhere are these impacts […]

  MUMBAI, Feb 9 (Reuters) – A regional party held a rally in India’s financial capital Mumbai on Sunday to support a citizenship law introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year that has triggered nationwide protests. India’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which eases the path for non-Muslims from neighbouring Muslim-majority nations Pakistan, Afghanistan and […]

Across Africa, the climate crisis is happening to us now, and the stories Africans have to tell are urgent – but who is listening? When The Associated Press cropped me from a photo of youth climate activists in Davos in late January, the story went viral. Since then, I’ve given lots of interviews and answered […]

“JUSTIN BIEBER: SEASONS” RANKS AS YOUTUBE ORIGINALS’ MOST-WATCHED DEBUT EPISODE IN ITS FIRST WEEK REACHING OVER 97 COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE  GLOBAL SUPERSTAR’S DOCUSERIES PREMIERE TOPS 32 MILLION VIEWS IN ITS FIRST 7 DAYS Justin Bieber is now officially the first artist to reach 50 million subscribers on his YouTube artist channel. This new milestone solidifies Bieber […]

  By Rachel Savage LONDON, Feb 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A lesbian couple is set to hold Northern Ireland’s first same-sex wedding next week as the conservative province overcomes deep division to catch up with the rest of the United Kingdom. The couple, in their 20s, voiced excitement at making history but said equality […]

A woman walks with a child in Roj camp, which holds foreign wives and children of Islamic State (ISIS) members, in northeast Syria, September 2018. © 2018 Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images (Tunis) –Tunisia’s action on January 23, 2020, to bring home from Libya six orphaned children of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS) members is a […]

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