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AMSTERDAM, October 2 (Reuters) – Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday said they would put a man suspected of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Mali to trial. The judges confirmed the charges against Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz and said there were substantial grounds to believe that he was […]

By Hector Guzman SARCHI, Costa Rica, Oct 2 (Reuters) – At his home in rural ​Costa Rica, biologist Federico Paniagua joined his family at the dining table to devour several types of insects that he raised on his farm and whose flavor he compares to potato chips. The head of the University of Costa Rica’s […]

By Aaron Ross and Barbara Lewis RUBAYA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Oct 1 (Reuters) – In a small shack overlooking muddy pits hewn out of eastern Congo’s rolling green hills, a government official puts a barcoded tag on a sack of ore rich in tantalum, a rare metal widely used in smartphones. With a handheld […]

By Lisandra Paraguassu BRASILIA, October 2 (Reuters) – Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has fired the head of the agency responsible for rural land rights at the urging of an official backed by the country’s powerful agriculture lobby, two sources told Reuters on Monday. The agency, known as Incra, is responsible for demarcating land for new […]

NAIROBI, Oct 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Treating gay sex as a crime promotes homophobia and violence against LGBT+ people, the lead complainant in a bid to overturn a colonial-era law against sodomy in Mauritius said on Tuesday. Najeeb Ahmad Fokeerbux, founder of Mauritian LGBT+ group Young Queer Alliance, is one of four young gay […]

By Michael Taylor KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Palm oil from an illegal plantation inside an Indonesian rainforest home to endangered orangutans has found its way into the supply chains of major consumer brands including Unilever and Nestle, according to a U.S.-based environmental group. A Rainforest Action Network (RAN) investigation showed Asia-based palm oil […]

By Kagondu Njagi ILULA, Kenya, Sept 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Anyone hearing the loud singing coming from Isaac Chereger’s farm would be forgiven for thinking it was a particularly enthusiastic church gathering. Instead, it was a group of women calling to order a meeting of a local religious charity that teaches villagers how to […]

By Kim Harrisberg JOHANNESBURG, Sept 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – During the 2010 football World Cup in South Africa, the vuvuzela – a long, colourful plastic trumpet – gained international fame for the way it filled stadiums with a loud, buzzing sound of fan support. Nearly a decade later, the instrument has taken on a […]

KADUNA, Nigeria, Sept 29 (Reuters) – When Jibril had tried to escape as a boy from an institution in Nigeria that called itself a place of Islamic teachings, he said he was hung up by his arms until bones in his shoulders broke. Another teenager, one of about 400 men and boys freed in Thursday’s […]

Viviana Waisman, President & CEO, Women’s Link Worldwide. Like thousands of Venezuelan women, Patricia* migrated to Colombia, fleeing the humanitarian crisis in her country in search of a better life for herself and her three young children. Once in Colombia, her husband abandoned her and their children when she got pregnant again. Unemployed and without a […]

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