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Bosses who abuse workers are escaping prosecution, says UK labor watchdog

Mar 20 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bosses who deny workers the legal minimum wage or commit other serious labor abuses are too often not being brought to justice, a British labor watchdog said on Wednesday.

UK police failing to protect abuse victims, say women's groups in 'super-complaint'

Mar 20 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British police are failing to protect victims of sexual and domestic violence from their abusers, a women's organization said in a "super-complaint" to a watchdog on Wednesday.

Alexa, are you male or female? 'Sexist' virtual assistants go gender-neutral

Mar 11 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Barking orders at a digital device that responds in a woman's voice can reinforce sexist stereotypes, according to academics and creatives who launched the first gender-neutral artificial intelligence voice on Monday.

Murder conviction quashed for UK woman who killed abusive husband

Feb 28 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A British woman who killed her husband with a hammer had her murder conviction quashed on Thursday after an appeal found the original trial had not factored in the effects of decades of domestic abuse.

New boys in town: the drag kings rewriting the rules of masculinity

Feb 28 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Carefully painting in sharp cheekbones and heavy eyebrows before applying a moustache and a final sprinkling of glitter, Jen Powell slowly transforms into male alter-ego Adam All ahead of a performance at a London club. | Video

Women have only three quarters of economic rights of men, finds World Bank

Feb 27 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women on average have only three-quarters of the legal protections given to men during their working life, ranging from bans on entering some jobs to a lack of equal pay or freedom from sexual harassment, the World Bank said on Wednesday.

Are LGBT+ actors left on the cutting room floor in Hollywood?

Feb 22 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gay and bisexual actors aren't getting a fair shot at playing LGBT+ roles made famous by their straight counterparts, industry insiders said ahead of Sunday's Oscars ceremony.

Male, female or X? Air passengers to get more gender options from airlines

Feb 21 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British Airways and Air New Zealand have joined a wave of major U.S. airlines planning to introduce extra gender options for LGBT+ passengers who don't identify as either male or female.

Toughen anti-slavery laws, say UK lawmakers after fashion probe

Feb 19 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fashion companies who flout a law requiring them to publish details of their actions to combat slavery should face a penalty under a toughening of legislation, British lawmakers said after holding an inquiry into the industry.

Irish migrant fisher workers' scheme breaches human rights, say U.N. rapporteurs

Feb 18 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ireland's work permit scheme for migrant workers in the fishing industry breaches the human rights of migrants and may be failing to prevent modern slavery, four United Nations human rights experts said on Monday.

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Trump says time for U.S. to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday it was time to back Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights that Israel seized from Syria in 1967, marking a dramatic shift in U.S. policy and giving a boost to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the middle of his re-election campaign.