Sophie Davies

COVID-19 pandemic puts Barcelona urban greening plan in the fast lane

Jan 11 2021

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One of Barcelona’s largest parks, named after Spanish painter Joan Miro, is just a stone’s throw from the busy crossroads between Consell de Cent and Rocafort streets, but here you could be mistaken for thinking nature is a million miles away.

Spanish art show spotlights 'hidden' digital divide in pandemic

Dec 18 2020

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A painting of a woman using an iPad, a vase depicting children dreaming of computers - both historical objects with a contemporary twist highlighting the world's growing digital divide during the coronavirus pandemic.

EU tech ban seen putting children worldwide at risk of online sex abuse

Nov 30 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) -Online child sexual abuse could become harder to detect due to privacy protections set to take effect in the European Union next month - putting millions of children at increased risk worldwide, critics of the proposals have warned.

Low-income parents lonelier in pandemic, says British royal Kate

Nov 27 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Parents living in deprived areas are at higher risk of feeling lonely due to COVID-19, British royal Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, said on Friday as she unveiled research that also highlighted the pandemic's impact on women's mental health.

Black Friday 99%-off sale sparks fears over garment workers' pay in UK

Nov 27 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A British fashion retailer offering Black Friday bargain-hunters discounts of up to 99% faced criticism and questions on social media over how it could keep its promises to pay factory workers fairly when charging such low prices.

To ban or not to ban? France debates virginity tests

Nov 25 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - France is split over plans to ban virginity testing, with some campaigners calling the procedure barbaric and others warning of violent repercussions for some Muslim women.

Climate activists urge Attenborough to pass the mic on Insta

Nov 11 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Youth climate activists have urged David Attenborough to 'pass the mic' rather than jettison Instagram after just six weeks, saying the British naturalist should not abandon his 6 million followers.

Polish abortion ban seen triggering wider retreat on women's rights

Nov 04 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Poland's decision to ban most abortions in the face of mass protest is emboldening like-minded neighbours, campaigners say, predicting a retreat on women's rights across eastern Europe.

Comic Relief stops sending celebs to Africa after white saviour furore

Oct 28 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British charity Comic Relief said on Wednesday that it will stop sending celebrities to Africa to raise funds following criticism that figures like singer Ed Sheeran acted like "white saviours".

Rural homelessness in England seen doubling as locals priced out

Oct 28 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Homelessness in rural areas of England has more than doubled in the past two years as the rising cost of housing has priced out local people, researchers said on Wednesday.

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U.S. warship transits Taiwan Strait a week after large Chinese air incursion

A U.S. warship has again sailed through the sensitive waterway that separates Taiwan from China, a week after the Chinese-claimed island reported the largest incursion https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/taiwan-reports-largest-incursion-yet-by-chinese-air-force-2021-06-15 to date of Chinese air force jets in Taiwan's air defence zone.