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FEATURE-'Venice of the East' revives canals to fix traffic snarls

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BANGKOK, Oct 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Until recently, Nuttanakul Somsak's daily commute to work was unlike that of most residents in Bangkok: she hopped on a boat for about half the price of a train ticket, and taking just a fraction of the time that a taxi or bus did.

Coronavirus poses threat to climate-change campaigns - David Attenborough

21 Oct 2020

NEW YORK, Oct 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British broadcaster and leading naturalist Sir David Attenborough said on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic threatens the fight against climate change by distracting people from the gravity of environmental dangers.

Climate change seen endangering lives of Canada's remote indigenous people

21 Oct 2020

TORONTO, Oct 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A lack of action on climate change by Canada's government is endangering indigenous people in the far north, putting them at risk of food shortages and dangerously poor nutrition, a leading human rights group said on Wednesday.

U.S. lawmakers urged to denounce QAnon child sex trafficking conspiracy

21 Oct 2020

Oct 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. lawmakers and candidates must denounce the QAnon conspiracy theory movement as it spreads disinformation about child sex trafficking ahead of the November election, dozens of anti-slavery and rights groups said in a joint letter on Wednesday.

EXPERT VIEWS -What does the Pope's support for gay civil unions mean for LGBT+ rights?

21 Oct 2020

MEXICO CITY, Oct 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pope Francis has signaled a softening towards LGBT+ rights with his comments that same-sex couples should be protected by civil union laws and have the right to form a family.

RPT-FACTBOX-State of same-sex unions globally as Pope Francis gives backing

21 Oct 2020

LONDON, Oct 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pope Francis endorsed civil unions for same-sex couples in a new film released on Wednesday, intensifying the global debate around gay and lesbian relationships, which have no legal recognition in most countries.

Working mothers hit back at nursery closures in Jordan

21 Oct 2020

AMMAN, Oct 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Working mothers staged protests on Wednesday against Jordan's decision to close all nurseries until year-end, saying the move unfairly targets women in the pandemic.

UK lawmakers hear more reports of aid worker sex abuse in Congo

21 Oct 2020

DAKAR, Oct 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain's charity watchdog said it has received reports of at least eight cases of sexual assault and abuse by aid workers in Democratic Republic of Congo, vowing to ensure "robust action".

ANALYSIS-New Zealand PM Ardern urged to apply crisis skills to climate change

21 Oct 2020

Oct 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New Zealand's re-elected Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern should use the skills she honed in successfully crushing the threat of COVID-19 to focus on a green recovery and help farmers tackle climate change's "nuclear-free moment", environmentalists said.

FACTBOX-Same-sex marriage rights around the world

21 Oct 2020

LONDON, Oct 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pope Francis endorsed civil unions for same-sex couples in a new film released on Wednesday, intensifying the global debate around gay and lesbian relationships, which have no legal recognition in most countries.

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