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Pakistan lodges formal complaint to U.N. over forest damage by Indian air strike

Mar 18 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pakistan has lodged an official complaint with the United Nations over damage caused to a protected forest reserve during an air strike by India last month, Pakistan's climate change minister Malik Amin Aslam Khan said on Monday.

U.S. weakens first global commitment on curbing single-use plastics

Mar 15 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nations made their first global commitment towards curtailing the surging consumption of single-use plastics on Friday, but critics said it failed to confront the planet's pollution crisis with the United States blocking efforts for more radical action.

U.N. warns of millions of premature deaths by 2050 due to environmental damage

Mar 13 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Environmental damage caused by man-made activities is having a devastating toll on human health, the United Nations said on Wednesday, warning of millions of premature deaths due to air and water pollution by 2050 if action was not taken.

'No tomorrow' for many unless consumption falls: U.N.

Mar 12 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global exploitation of natural resources - from water, sand and timber to oil, coal and gemstones - has more than tripled in 50 years, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning of devastating environmental impacts unless demand is reduced.

Why Africa's #Metoo is more a murmur than an outcry

Mar 08 2019

NAIROBI/YAOUNDE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ugandan parliamentarian Sylvia Rwabwogo knows only too well the anguish, fear and paranoia of being stalked incessantly.

Gang rape and murder of 12-year-old girl sparks outrage in Somalia

Feb 28 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The gang rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl in Somalia has sparked outrage, demonstrations and calls for authorities to use a landmark 2016 law to secure justice, in a country where violence against women is rarely punished.

Surge in Somalis fleeing violence may lead to 'catastrophe', warns aid agency

Feb 28 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Conflict and insecurity forced 320,000 people in Somalia to flee their homes last year - a surge of almost 60 percent on the previous year, a leading aid agency said on Thursday, warning of a humanitarian catastrophe if the trend continued.

Kenya losing $1.3 billlion a year to LGBT+ discrimination, firms say

Feb 26 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Discrimination against sexual minorities in Kenya is costing the country up to $1.3 billion annually, a report by a coalition of global businesses said, attributing the losses to missed tourism earnings, poor health and less employment of LGBT+ people.

Don't overlook Africa's 'fragile' states for social businesses, urge industry experts

Feb 26 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - African nations such as Somalia may be perceived as conflict-ridden and risky for business but "fragile states" can be an untapped opportunity for social enterprises that are flexible and think out-of-the-box, said industry experts.

Ethiopia's reforms spark ray of hope for struggling businesses doing good

Feb 22 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A wave of economic reforms in Ethiopia since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to office nearly a year ago has sparked hope among social businesses struggling to grow under the east African nation's heavily regulated economy, industry experts said.

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