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Varsha Saraogi

No school, period! Menstruating Ghanaian girls banned from river crossing

Jan 12 2018

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A ban on schoolgirls in Ghana crossing a river when menstruating - and on Tuesdays - has been condemned by child rights activists.

Britain's plastic waste measures don't go far enough, say campaigners

Jan 12 2018

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New measures by Britain to turn the tide on plastic waste do not go far enough, environmentalists said on Friday.

Jeans made by kids? People 'forget' facts when buying unethical products

Jan 10 2018

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Consumers who knowingly buy products that have been made unethically - using child labor or endangered trees - may cope by forgetting the truth about their origins, researchers said.

As Britain bans microbeads, lawmakers urge more action on plastic

Jan 08 2018

LONDON, Jan 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A ban on plastic microbeads, used as exfoliants in toothpastes, face washes and shower gels that end up in the oceans, will come into force in Britain on Tuesday, but lawmakers said more needed to be done to tackle plastic pollution.

Civilian deaths from explosives surge in 2017 - campaign group

Jan 08 2018

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 40 civilians were killed every day by explosive weapons last year, according to a preliminary survey of media reports, a sharp rise on 2016 largely due to an increase in deadly airstrikes, a campaign group said on Monday.

FACTBOX-From cardboard boxes to one-way bus tickets: How cities are tackling homelessness

Jan 06 2018

LONDON, Jan 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From portable cardboard tents to one-way bus tickets out of town, cities' efforts to tackle homelessness have been met with both praise and scorn.

British Vogue features first transgender woman, celebrating centenary of female suffrage

Jan 05 2018

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Paris Lees became the first openly transgender woman to feature in British Vogue fashion magazine on Friday, marking a step towards a "more tolerant society", said the broadcaster and model.

Opera 'Carmen' gets new ending to stop violence against women

Jan 03 2018

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After more than 140 years of being stabbed to death on stage, the gypsy heroine of the opera "Carmen" gets her own revenge in a new Italian production - shooting her thwarted lover instead.

Factbox: How much do you earn? Gender pay gap around the world

Jan 03 2018

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Other countries should follow Iceland which has become the first country to make it illegal to pay men more than women, politicians and equal rights campaigners said on Wednesday.

UK's 'Celebrity Big Brother' opens all-women house to mark 100 years of women voting

Jan 02 2018

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British reality television show "Celebrity Big Brother" launched an all-female line-up on Tuesday involving politicians, a journalist and other performing artists to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote.

World News

Ethiopia war may turn into guerrilla insurgency

Ethiopia's nearly month-long war against rebellious northern forces may be transforming into a guerrilla conflict, experts said on Tuesday, even though federal troops declared victory after capturing the Tigrayan regional capital at the weekend.