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Big Brother facial recognition by police challenged in Britain

Jun 13 2018

LONDON, June 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A British man on Wednesday threatened a landmark legal challenge against police in Wales for using automated facial recognition technology that he says violated his privacy.

UK baby boomers cut back on food, borrow from kids to pay rent

May 01 2018

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost half a million baby boomers in Britain are forced to take "drastic measures" to cover their rent, in a sign that people over 50 are finding it increasingly harder to meet housing costs, researchers have found.

U.N. urban chief on mission to reform and make cities better for women

Apr 30 2018

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With cities facing their fastest growth ever, the head of the United Nations' agency for urban development is on a mission - to revitalize the organization and ensure people, particularly women, are central to future planning.

London's skyline soars with more than 500 skyscrapers in pipeline

Apr 18 2018

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of high-rise buildings being planned or built in London has risen above 500 for the first time as a trend to build skyscrapers in the British capital spreads into the suburbs, research showed on Wednesday.

Energy access for all needed for 'true democracy' in India

Apr 12 2018

OXFORD, England (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Indian street vendor taught Harish Hande his most important financial lesson and sent him on a mission to create affordable energy solutions that work for the poorest people in the world's largest democracy.

Blockchain key tool for driving social impact - report

Apr 12 2018

OXFORD, England (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Two thirds of companies and organizations using blockchain to drive social impact say the technology is an improvement over other methods used to solve some of the world's most pressing challenges, a report published on Thursday showed.

What happens when architects join doctors to solve global health problems?

Apr 11 2018

OXFORD, England (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In Rwanda, a team of young architects join doctors and nurses to design a solution to help reduce the spread of tuberculosis, while in the United States a communications expert works with a charity supporting drug users.

Technology holds promise, but no silver bullet for land rights: World Bank

Mar 20 2018

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New technology has unleashed a wave of opportunities to secure formal land rights for hundreds of millions of people, but it is not a solve-all solution in countries with weak institutions, said a senior World Bank economist.

Misinterpreting Islamic law robs Muslim women of land: experts

Mar 01 2018

DUBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The misinterpretation of Islamic law and a lack of knowledge about inheritance rights are major hurdles in improving women's access to land in Muslim countries, experts said.

Syria faces 2 million lawsuits over lost and damaged property: experts

Feb 27 2018

DUBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Syrians are likely to file more than 2 million lawsuits seeking restitution for lost and damaged property, experts said on Tuesday, emphasizing the need to work on a solution even while the civil war is ongoing.

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Venezuelan government suspends negotiations with opposition

CARACAS/PRAIA (Reuters) -Venezuela on Saturday said it would suspend negotiations with the opposition that were set to resume this weekend, after Cape Verde extradited Colombian businessman Alex Saab, a Venezuelan envoy, to the United States on money laundering charges.