Youth activists leave little room for climate inaction, world mayors say

COPENHAGEN, Oct 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Young activists demonstrating across the world are driving cities to step up action on climate change, not least because politicians keep coming face-to-face with them while going about their business, mayors at a climate conference heard Friday. As activists from Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg to “Extinction Rebellion” movement

Lawyer for imprisoned Tanzanian journalist seeks plea bargain

DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 11 (Reuters) – The lawyer for a prominent Tanzanian journalist arrested more than two months ago told a court on Friday he is pursuing a plea bargain, in a case that has attracted international attention to what critics say is Tanzania’s tightening control of the media. Erick Kabendera, who has written

UK to send Brexit deal ‘final offer’ to a skeptical EU

The U.K. offered the European Union a proposed last-minute Brexit deal on Wednesday that it said represents a realistic compromise for both sides, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the bloc to hold “rapid negotiations towards a solution” after years of wrangling. Interested in Brexit? Add Brexit as an interest to stay up to

German ministries fail to agree details of climate deal: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) – German ministries have failed to agree on a set of climate protection measures, government sources said on Wednesday, leaving little time to fulfill Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan to pass the landmark package this year. FILE PHOTO: (L-R) Defence Minister and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, German Chancellor Angela

INSIGHT-Congo mine deploys digital weapons in fight against conflict minerals

* Companies need to show they use ‘clean’ minerals * Most traceability schemes now are paper based * New system deploys digital scanners to track minerals By Aaron Ross and Barbara Lewis RUBAYA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Oct 1 (Reuters) – In a small shack overlooking muddy pits hewn out of eastern Congo’s rolling green

U.S. travel warning adds to pressure on Tanzania over suspected Ebola cases

DAR ES SALAAM, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The United States has warned its citizens to take extra care when visiting Tanzania amid concerns over Ebola, adding to calls for the East African country to share information about suspected cases of the deadly disease there. U.S. travellers should “exercise increased caution”, the State Department said on

Plenty more fish in the sea? Not for the poor and hungry, researchers say

ROME, Sept 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Swapping fish for meat to help combat climate change risks exacerbating hunger in Africa, from where fish is increasingly exported to wealthy nations instead of providing key vitamins to malnourished local people, experts warned on Wednesday. Some consumers in rich countries are shunning meat in favour of other

African banana producers urge EU to maintain tariffs on Latin American imports

ABIDJAN, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Struggling African banana producers called on the European Union on Friday not to cut tariffs on imports from Latin America any further. Exporters in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) have been losing market share since 2009, when the EU agreed to progressively cut tariffs on bananas from bigger growers

Paris commuter chaos as metro workers strike over pension reform

PARIS (Reuters) – Parisian commuters faced travel misery on Friday as metro workers went on strike over plans to reduce their retirement privileges under President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms. A closed entrance at the Republique metro station is seen during a strike by all unions of the Paris transport network (RATP) against pension reform plans

Unilever reveals global tea suppliers in drive for slave-free sourcing

LONDON, Sept 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Consumer goods giant Unilever released a list of its global tea suppliers on Thursday, bolstering a drive to stamp out worker exploitation and modern-day slavery on plantations. The move by the Anglo-Dutch food group – which buys 10% of the world’s tea supply and owns at least a