By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI, Nov 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The United Nations and Kenyan government on Monday came under fire on the eve a global conference on sexual and reproductive health with Christian groups claiming hosting the event was promoting abortion and homosexuality in the east African nation. More than 6,000 participants – including […]

  Monique Villa is special advisor to Thomson Reuters’ President and CEO. She is the former chief executive of the Thomson Reuters Foundation.  “I’m sorry Mum, my path abroad didn’t succeed.”, said Pham Thi Tra My, 26, in a text message to her mother before dying “because I can’t breathe” in a lorry that shipped her and […]

By Umberto Bacchi LONDON, Nov 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From recruitment software that favours male applicants to facial recognition technology that fails to recognise transgender people, a growing number of artificial intelligence (AI) programmes have been accused of holding human gender bias. Apple became the latest tech giant to face criticism last week when […]

  Authorities in Haiti must end the unlawful use of force against protesters and guarantee their right to life, Amnesty International said today, after verifying multiple instances of police using excessive force during six weeks of anti-government protests in which at least 35 people were killed, with national police implicated in many of the deaths.  “The images that we have […]

By Ulf Laessing EL-FASHER, Sudan, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Sudan is discussing several scenarios such as cash transfers for poor people to accompany planned subsidies for food and other basic goods, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said on Monday. Shortages of bread, fuel and medicine coupled with hefty price rises brought people out in protest and […]

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, October 31, 2019/ — The Springboks as well as South Africa’s Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, have been nominated for prestigious honours in the World Rugby awards. The Springboks have been named as contenders for the title of Team of the Year while Erasmus is among the five nominations for Coach […]

By Kagondu Njagi ASUTSUARE, Ghana, Oct 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Ephraim Kofi Kenney does not like to work in the fields scaring pests away. But today he must. A flock of migratory birds has repeatedly invaded his parents’ rice plot outside Accra, Ghana’s capital, and the 16-year-old has been tasked with keeping the invaders […]

By Nadeen Ebrahim and Ulf Laessing CAIRO, Oct 18 (Reuters) – The 17-year-old South Sudanese refugee finally managed to escape after three months as a prisoner in a Cairo apartment where she was repeatedly gang raped, only to realise that she had become pregnant by one of her attackers. She is one of a growing […]

GENEVA, Oct 2 (Reuters) – More than 1,000 migrants and refugees have died in the Mediterranean Sea this year, the sixth year in a row that this “bleak milestone” has been reached, the United Nations said on Tuesday. The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR called for European Union (EU) member states to reactivate search and rescue […]

Namibia’s singing sensation and “Touch” hitmaker  Dixon – aka Daniel Nasou,  recently released his fifth album, ‘Show Me Your Heart which he dedicated to his fans . The album which was produced by Elvo,  provides a feast of 15 dance songs some of whom pay homage to Namibia’s old school music. “I also worked with Gothard, […]

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